Catered vs Self-catered? Watch
I'm considering what UCL accommodation to apply for right now, and trying in my mind to weigh up the benefits and costs of catered and self-catered accommodation. The clearest points for each that I can think of is:
Catered - self-responsibility on tight budget to purchase main meals (which takes up quite a large proportion) is taken off you, allowing you more money for niceties
Self-catered - cooking is a good social activity, great to meet people in your corridor/hall, and if you want to make something special outside of the staple meals you get (such as a birthday cake) you are free to do so!
People already living that uni life - which is better?
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I'd say have a look at how nice the rooms are for each and if the food is any decent in catered and use those as deciding factors.