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    I'm applying for accommodations and I'm having some trouble seeing the financial side of things.

    Standard rooms with catered option costs £141.61 , for 40 week contract. That's over £5500 in that one contract, I think larger than what I'm offered from student finance.

    Yet for non catered option that drops to £96.18 a week!

    Can you share your experiences and guide me through?

    Much appreciated. Thanks!


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    (Original post by Jaydude)
    I'm applying for accommodations and I'm having some trouble seeing the financial side of things.

    Standard rooms with catered option costs £141.61 , for 40 week contract. That's over £5500 in that one contract, I think larger than what I'm offered from student finance.

    Yet for non catered option that drops to £96.18 a week!

    Can you share your experiences and guide me through?

    Much appreciated. Thanks!


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    Seriously get non catered, an extra £46 a week for the added benefit of a couple of meals a day on week days is laughable. Not to mention what if you don't even like the food?

    If you get non catered you will save so much money, you can easily do a weekly food shop for less that £20 or around that, £30 at a push if you're into branded products and eat a lot of snacks so you're still saving money even if you do buy the more expensive foods.
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    Where is this accommodation at? That is amazing price even with the catered option. Mine is £172 a week for 58 weeks (i think) and it's way more than I can afford with the student finance. I'm looking for cheaper options but can't find anything.
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    (Original post by SophieSmall)
    Seriously get non catered, an extra £46 a week for the added benefit of a couple of meals a day on week days is laughable. Not to mention what if you don't even like the food?

    If you get non catered you will save so much money, you can easily do a weekly food shop for less that £20 or around that, £30 at a push if you're into branded products and eat a lot of snacks so you're still saving money even if you do buy the more expensive foods.
    This is all you need OP ^


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    I can see where I can save, only problem is I can't cook! (I'll try and learn)

    Also in your opinions is those prices shown slightly higher than expected, particularly the catered option?

    Thanks everyone!


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    (Original post by Jaydude)
    I can see where I can save, only problem is I can't cook! (I'll try and learn)

    Also in your opinions is those prices shown slightly higher than expected, particularly the catered option?

    Thanks everyone!


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    You wont need to cook anything fancy that you see on masterchef or cooking shows. You'll only have to do something simple that covers all food groups and tastes nice. Thats what most people do and they tend to make the same meals a lot because they'll know the prices of each one and will just vary between.

    Im not at Uni myself so I wouldnt know the normal prices, maybe theres a specific thread for it? :shrug: Either way I imagine it changes based on whether its Russel group or Polytechnic and things like area and that.


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    You may need to consider the fact that catered may only serve food up until a certain time. This can cause a problem if for example, you finish uni late.
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    You really don't need to know how to cook to live without catered accommodation! You can live off pasta, toast and soup for £10 a week!

    There are so many easy to follow recipes that really do not cost much to do: http://studentrecipes.com/
    Plus, Sainsbury's now have an app that lets you speak into your phone and say what ingredients you have left over, and it will bring up a recipe! I only just found out about this today but it sounds awesome.

    Sophie Small had a good point, if you pay £46 extra for catered and you don't even like the food that would be such a waste, or if you had plans and couldn't make dinner at the scheduled time, what's the point? With the money you save you could even go on a cookery course!

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    (Original post by Jaydude)
    I can see where I can save, only problem is I can't cook! (I'll try and learn)

    Also in your opinions is those prices shown slightly higher than expected, particularly the catered option?

    Thanks everyone!


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    That really isn't a problem or an excuse. It is incredibly easy to learn how to cook basic dishes! Also as someone else has pointed out sometimes catered only serves meals at certain times so if you get up late you might not get breakfast or if you finish uni late you won't get dinner.
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    (Original post by Jaydude)
    I'm applying for accommodations and I'm having some trouble seeing the financial side of things.

    Standard rooms with catered option costs £141.61 , for 40 week contract. That's over £5500 in that one contract, I think larger than what I'm offered from student finance.

    Yet for non catered option that drops to £96.18 a week!

    Can you share your experiences and guide me through?

    Much appreciated. Thanks!



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    The price difference is because not only are you paying for the food, you are paying for someone to cook and wash up after you. Honestly go self catered.
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    (Original post by PennyM.)
    Where is this accommodation at? That is amazing price even with the catered option. Mine is £172 a week for 58 weeks (i think) and it's way more than I can afford with the student finance. I'm looking for cheaper options but can't find anything.
    You don't need 58 week accommodation, that's meant for postgraduates, you need to look at the shorter lengths- should be between 38-42 weeks. And self catered.
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    Thanks everyone for your help!


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