Birmingham Uni- Meal PlanWatch
I have an offer to study at UoB in September and have looked into the accomodation. What does the meal plan offer? Is it common to still cook meals in the flat for those that go for meal plan?
Sometimes people do cook from time to time while on meal plan, and most make breakfast themselves. There is a variety of food that you can get on meal plan, such as pizza (which is actually really nice), sandwiches, Mexican food, fast food, 'home-cooked' food, just to name a few.
I think you can use meal plan to buy basic items such as cereal and milk in Costcutters in Shackleton (on the Vale), as it's not uncommon to see students on meal plan buying several boxes of cereal to use up their allowance on a Sunday evening.
So it's £50 a week + shopping money for food to cover the rest of your diet, may as well just not have it, learn to cook and spend £10-20 a week on food...
I'm currently on Meal Plan, and it takes the stress off having to cook each night while you settle in at uni, but you do have to budget to get it to stretch - it would definitely be cheaper to cook your own. However, there is a wide range of food outlets both on campus and the Vale: the Vale offers The Melt (okay pizzas, good cooked breakfasts
Is the main benefit of meal plan that you have to spend it on food not beer and make budgeting easier?
Basically, if you're ok at cooking but may want to eat lunch or dinner out 3 or 4 times a week when you can't be bothered to cook, is it better than tying yourself into meal plan and then doing extra food shopping?
Hope for a reply got to confirm accommodation by Tuesday 22nd August, confused. Got Shackleton with meal plan but wanted Mason without - I think. Thx