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    I have to decide on my accommodation and I am torn between Derwent and Goodricke. Goodricke's accommodation is a lot nicer as it is in Heslington East however I hear that Derwent is much more sociable and lively and I am a sociable person so what do you think? I'd really appreciate your advice.
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    Goodricke's social life is awful. Join Derwent!!
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    Okay will do! Thanks so much
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    Okay will do! Thanks so much
    If you have any more questions, just ask away!
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    Thanks so much! I've got a couple of questions.

    What would you say is your average weekly budget after accommodation expenses? E.g. food, going out.

    And also have you got any general advice for like the first couple of weeks starting the University of York?

    Thanks for answering!
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    (Original post by NorthBound)
    Thanks so much! I've got a couple of questions.

    What would you say is your average weekly budget after accommodation expenses? E.g. food, going out.

    And also have you got any general advice for like the first couple of weeks starting the University of York?

    Thanks for answering!
    1) I'm catered, so if I say I have a sandwich every lunchtime on weekdays with bread, ham and cheese from Nisa on campus (I.e the laziest possible but pretty cheap lunch I can easily buy and make) let's say it's £5 for 5 days lunches, plus let's say I go out Tuesday Thursday Sunday as happened a lot during the first few weeks of first term... a night out (paying entry fee that is) costs minimum £7 (£2 bus and £5 entry) but can be up to £15 with drunk food and drinks, so let's say £11 for a night out... and alcohol and other not food items running up maybe £10 per week, maybe about £60 for a week if you go out fairly regularly? I genuinely do not keep track of my finances. I don't pay for club entry fees because I bought a Platinum card at the start of the year for like £75 which has saved me over £100. I'd recommend that (and a year bus pass too, because I strongly regret not buying one of those) if you plan to go out fairly frequently. If you had to pay for every meal it'd be slightly more per week obviously, but you'd be saving money on food that you can make cheaply.

    2) Don't post on the fresher's page to avoid embarrassment down the line. I still remember everyone who posted, and it makes me cringe. Some people tried to start a band, and they are all totally different personalities so it would have never worked. But everyone in the college saw the posts. Don't be afraid to make a fool of yourself in fresher's week, it's the best week of the whole year. I had a great fresher's, but if it sucks, don't feel too bad, I've heard of a few people saying it wasn't perfect (of course in Derwent that's impossible). Do not get with your flatmates under any circumstances. It's 99% of the time fine, but if you have a **** flat, you can always eventually be mates with the flat above or below. You'll be socialising with your whole house/ block/ college in Fresher's anyway. I'd say make as many friends as possible in the first few weeks, especially week one. The first couple nights out you know only your flatmates and you'll be apprehensive if you're anything at all like me, but in the end everything's chill. Don't stay in your room and play videogames, the guy next to me does that in my flat and he has about 3 friends. There's **** all to do on weekends for the first couple weeks too. Your STYCs are great, don't try and pull them or piss them off because they can end up being mates for the whole of uni. I always ordered takeaway from Efe's like a million times in fresher's: don't. Efe's is **** quality and expensive. If you want takeaway during a night out try Oki's or McDonalds, or Chico's if you're on that side of town by Parish/Mansion/Popworld/Salvo etc.. Salt and Pepper is too expensive, but it's cool to wait for the bus in there because it's warmer than the outside and there's some seats. Stone Roses in town does trebles for £2.70, and the Lowther does them for £2.50. Uni is really rad, and loads different to Sixth Form. Oh yeah and sign up for anything you're mildly interested in in Fresher's Fair, and go along (Ultimate Frisbee ) because I know people who do nothing and that's boring.
    I'm currently procrastinating, I have a Molecular Biology exam tomorrow morning at 9am... Feel free to ask any more questions if you are intrigued.
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    1) I'm catered, so if I say I have a sandwich every lunchtime on weekdays with bread, ham and cheese from Nisa on campus (I.e the laziest possible but pretty cheap lunch I can easily buy and make) let's say it's £5 for 5 days lunches, plus let's say I go out Tuesday Thursday Sunday as happened a lot during the first few weeks of first term... a night out (paying entry fee that is) costs minimum £7 (£2 bus and £5 entry) but can be up to £15 with drunk food and drinks, so let's say £11 for a night out... and alcohol and other not food items running up maybe £10 per week, maybe about £60 for a week if you go out fairly regularly? I genuinely do not keep track of my finances. I don't pay for club entry fees because I bought a Platinum card at the start of the year for like £75 which has saved me over £100. I'd recommend that (and a year bus pass too, because I strongly regret not buying one of those) if you plan to go out fairly frequently. If you had to pay for every meal it'd be slightly more per week obviously, but you'd be saving money on food that you can make cheaply.

    2) Don't post on the fresher's page to avoid embarrassment down the line. I still remember everyone who posted, and it makes me cringe. Some people tried to start a band, and they are all totally different personalities so it would have never worked. But everyone in the college saw the posts. Don't be afraid to make a fool of yourself in fresher's week, it's the best week of the whole year. I had a great fresher's, but if it sucks, don't feel too bad, I've heard of a few people saying it wasn't perfect (of course in Derwent that's impossible). Do not get with your flatmates under any circumstances. It's 99% of the time fine, but if you have a **** flat, you can always eventually be mates with the flat above or below. You'll be socialising with your whole house/ block/ college in Fresher's anyway. I'd say make as many friends as possible in the first few weeks, especially week one. The first couple nights out you know only your flatmates and you'll be apprehensive if you're anything at all like me, but in the end everything's chill. Don't stay in your room and play videogames, the guy next to me does that in my flat and he has about 3 friends. There's **** all to do on weekends for the first couple weeks too. Your STYCs are great, don't try and pull them or piss them off because they can end up being mates for the whole of uni. I always ordered takeaway from Efe's like a million times in fresher's: don't. Efe's is **** quality and expensive. If you want takeaway during a night out try Oki's or McDonalds, or Chico's if you're on that side of town by Parish/Mansion/Popworld/Salvo etc.. Salt and Pepper is too expensive, but it's cool to wait for the bus in there because it's warmer than the outside and there's some seats. Stone Roses in town does trebles for £2.70, and the Lowther does them for £2.50. Uni is really rad, and loads different to Sixth Form. Oh yeah and sign up for anything you're mildly interested in in Fresher's Fair, and go along (Ultimate Frisbee ) because I know people who do nothing and that's boring.
    I'm currently procrastinating, I have a Molecular Biology exam tomorrow morning at 9am... Feel free to ask any more questions if you are intrigued.
    Hi! Thanks again for getting back to me and sorry for the late reply I've been revising for A-levels, kill me now! That's really great advice, I'll definitely get the platinum card and bus pass. I was just wondering if you think catering is worth it? Like do you not get bored of the meals because I'm torn about getting it. It would cost me an extra £20 a week.

    Thanks.
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    Hi! Thanks again for getting back to me and sorry for the late reply I've been revising for A-levels, kill me now! That's really great advice, I'll definitely get the platinum card and bus pass. I was just wondering if you think catering is worth it? Like do you not get bored of the meals because I'm torn about getting it. It would cost me an extra £20 a week.

    Thanks.
    In my opinion it's worth it for the convenience; £20 per week for 5 dinners and 5 breakfasts works out at £2 per full meal which I think is pretty good value. They have a rotating menu which recurs every few weeks, it doesn't get boring. There are a couple meals which are kinda gross but c'est la vie. Good luck in your A-Levels.
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    Hi, it's me again haha.

    I was just asking for your opinion with the accommodation:

    I would like to have an ensuite without catering but there doesn't seem to be an option for this at Derwent. Therefore I have a choice of cooking myself and shared bathroom for £125 per week. Or catering and ensuite for £158 per week.

    Which one would you recommend?

    I don't think I'd mind sharing a bathroom and showers but is sharing like this as bad as people say?

    Thanks for helping.
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    The £158 per week option is my block in Derwent (P block). The price has increased by about £2 per week since this year. I would personally recommend this option cos I'm biased as ****.
    The self-catering shared bathroom option is D block. In your own house with your family you'd share a bathroom; and it's the exact same deal with a shared bathroom flat. And the bathrooms get cleaned regularly, which is more than my house next year will be. So if you're okay with a short walk through your flat, you'll be fine.
 
 
 
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