After going through clearing to get a place at Leeds I was offered Ellerslie Global Hall. The hall itself is lovely and has a great atmosphere, however Im given £64 a week for food. Which sounds like more than enough! But after one trip to any of the places on campus that accept refresh cards and you'll ****ise how wrong that assumption is! It'll buy you 2 meals at a push. And you cant even chose which meals because they aren't accepted from 11am-2pm. The money not spent isnt saved. The refresh card is not a "handy way to budget" but a way for the uni to make more money. That £10.30 a day is taken from you regardless of whether it's term time or not the food is occasionally quite good and there is always a lot of choice, but none of it is worth it. I asked if I could be self catered in my hall, because I'd already settled in and didn't want to move despite the ridiculous financial cost (my student finance loan is £3000 short of my accomodation fees!) and was told the only way I could reduce my cost was to move halls.
so whatever you do don't go catered at the university of Leeds! It's an awful system designed to make poor students not only poorer but also skinnier!
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