Catered Vs Meal PlanWatch
I thought it was okay the one time I tried it out, over in Shackleton, where there was a choice of mains, and pizzas, and some other things. I don't remember about the blue accommodation page, think I sent mine one day before deadline day.
I like the breakfasts, they do the classic english breakfast each morning where you can have a choice of 5 items from: Sausage, Bacon, Scrambled Egg, Ommlette, Fried Egg, Tomatoes, Hash Brown, Fried Bread, Mushrooms, Korn Sausage, Baked Beans erm..and other things lol!
I'd try to send the accommodation form thingy off asap, then your'e going to get first 'pick' (it's chosen for you according to what you put on your form) of the accommodation. If you're certain you want to go to bham, just send it in, i think that's what i did.... lol
I think that meal plan is anything at Shalketon but catered is over at manor where they work on a meal basis still not HubGrub (I think). So basically, catered is where meals are provided between certain times and you have to eat them then, but meal plan is where you have the card with "money" loaded onto it each week to spend in Fusion and Rios. I think, anyway.
I can't actually remember when I filled in the form - quite late because I didn't get an offer through for ages... I seem to recall it asking what Birmingham was in terms of choices as in firm or insurance, in which case I guess you have to wait until you can answer... I never got my offer for accommodation through until after my A-level results when they knew I was actually coming, so it can't be that important!
Self catered FTW. (Cheaper too)
But if you're not the best of cooks , then having meal plan can be useful.
There is always a lot of options and you soon learn what ones to go for and what ones to avoid X
Ps. BananaHammock, is that you Krisha my dear? hehe.
Hope you're enjoying your afternoon off! XxX
Im interested in Birmingham and i pretty much think its my firm choice-so just wondered if anyone has got a few spare minutes could they give a brief description of all the halls of residence that are self catered, and the good and bad points about them? Just find choosing accomodation really difficult and i think its better if you hear from people with experience. Thnx.
I was wondering are we allowed to have mini fridges in the rooms cos i was wondering if there are problems of people stealing food from the fridge or cupboards- are there padlocks on them?? Cos i have heard stories from people in other universities of people stealing food.
Meal plan is supposed to be able to provide 2 meals a day - depends how much you eat though really - I've managed 3 meals (well.. cereal for breakfast and sandwich for lunch) every day Monday to Friday some weeks, and some weeks if I know I'm not going to be eating some days have spent all the allowance in a couple of days!
I think ill be going for Self-catered/meal plan which i think just means, I will have access to a students kitchen all the time but there is also a canteen avaible which you pay for anyway. So i guess its kind of a comprimise
This is useful as you know there's always a meal for you i.e. breakfast, snack, lunch,dinner etc. However it does mean that you must spend the whole £32.50 before Saturda, as eitherwise you lose the money you havn't spent.
If you know that you will be the sort of person who will go to dinner every evening, then it is a good idea.
There is always the option of going self-catered and putting money on your card to use when you wish. This is great if you normally prefer to cook, but find one evening you don't have time/can't be bothered/want to go with mates, so you could pay the £3 for a cooked meal...which is pretty good value for the amount you get!
I'm a meal planner in Mape Bank, it is a groovy option