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    Hi,
    I will be playing alot of sport (hockey) when at university so i was wondering what the best option would be for me personally.- Whether i should go catered or not. I also want a good atmosphere where lots of socialisation can happen but that also allows me to study in peace.
    I was looking at CHH as it is catered but it is quite expensive and it appears to be quite small, i like the look of the accom. in the clifton area as it is closest to the centre of the uni but i would love to get some opinions on this!
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    (Original post by ebc2016)
    Hi,
    I will be playing alot of sport (hockey) when at university so i was wondering what the best option would be for me personally.- Whether i should go catered or not. I also want a good atmosphere where lots of socialisation can happen but that also allows me to study in peace.
    I was looking at CHH as it is catered but it is quite expensive and it appears to be quite small, i like the look of the accom. in the clifton area as it is closest to the centre of the uni but i would love to get some opinions on this!
    CHH has a reputation for being quiet due to their higher volume of international and mature students.
    If I were you I'd go to Stoke Bishop, from what I remember hockey is based at Coombe Dingle which is near there, and would be v far from Clifton. It's also got much more sociable halls.
    Wills is highly recommended It has a nice little study room too should you need it.

    And yes I'd also recommend catered... I'll quote in my previous post on the topic:
    Suffice to say, had I not been in catered I do not think I would have had my friendship group at all. Some of my fondest memories are the ridiculous chats we had at lunches/dinners, and it would've been much harder to meet some of them as they were different blocks etc. [ie - catered can be more sociable]

    Also, it means a year of eating relatively decently

    Personally I also think for first year it takes some stress out of packing when you then also need not consider giant quantities of food and utensils etc., where to buy stuff on the first day..

    Then in later years you only need sort it out communally with your housemates, once you're established, and need not have multiple toasters...
    (For instance between us this year, I didn't buy any utensils as I had a few to bring and we all share - rather than all having too much)


    However I would add a few caveats.
    If you are likely to have long days and miss dinner, or never go to breakfast or lunches, perhaps not worth it. (I personally went to brekkie, then went back to sleep).

    If you're very picky, or want to eat healthy, again, likely to be an issue - there are healthy foods (salad bar esp is fab), but a LOT of carbs.

    Otherwise I'd advocate it. Plenty of time to learn in later years, plus you do still need to cook some meals yourself in catered (lunch and weekend evening meals) (albeit with only a microwave in some halls)
 
 
 
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