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    I’m in Year 13 at the moment, so I start uni in September. Im thinking of going self-catered rather than catered, as it’s cheaper, and I’d also like the independence to be able to choose when and what I eat.

    The thing is, one of my friends thats a first year told me that I’d be better off going catered as it’s more social. I didn’t consider the social side of things when choosing to do self catered, so now I’m wondering, would it be harder to make friends if I do self catered as i wouldn’t be in catered halls?

    I’ve also heard of stories of people stealing other people’s food in shared kitchen areas, so would you think it would be better for me to get a studio (have my own kitchen)? Or does this kind of stuff not really happen?
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    Self catered is the cheaper and more sensible option, I wouldn't say it's less social as there can be communal areas and people tend to hang out in shared kitchens sometimes.
    Stealing and general messiness can happen but considering how much a studio will cost it's better to take that risk than spend much more money unnecessarily
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    I’m in Year 13 at the moment, so I start uni in September. Im thinking of going self-catered rather than catered, as it’s cheaper, and I’d also like the independence to be able to choose when and what I eat.

    The thing is, one of my friends thats a first year told me that I’d be better off going catered as it’s more social. I didn’t consider the social side of things when choosing to do self catered, so now I’m wondering, would it be harder to make friends if I do self catered as i wouldn’t be in catered halls?

    I’ve also heard of stories of people stealing other people’s food in shared kitchen areas, so would you think it would be better for me to get a studio (have my own kitchen)? Or does this kind of stuff not really happen?
    Definitely don't get a studio as you will be a loner. Self catered halls are still very sociable provided the flats are reasonably large ie more than 5 people per flat. It's quite nice when you can all cook or bake things together and have flat meals. It's also nice to have your own kitchen/living area to hang out in and host parties.
    It depends on your uni though and what the most common type of halls is. If most of the accommodation is catered apart from one block of self catered then yes it'll be a less sociable environment. But generally you'll be fine in self catered.
    Catered accommodation is normally very sociable because everyone eats together at the same time in the same area. That said, it can be a bit of a pain and I agree it's nicer to cook whatever you want. Plus also, some catered halls don't provide food on the weekends so you have to fend for yourself.
    I've never had a problem with people stealing my stuff but it can happen. Normally you'll be alright if everyone in your flat gets on well and are open with each other. Most of the time it tends to just be borrowing a bit of milk anyway.
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    Self catered is the cheaper and more sensible option, I wouldn't say it's less social as there can be communal areas and people tend to hang out in shared kitchens sometimes.
    Stealing and general messiness can happen but considering how much a studio will cost it's better to take that risk than spend much more money unnecessarily
    Yeah, I’m a bit worried about the messiness too. I’m worried that my flat mates may not clean up after themselves, and im a really tidy person so I can just see myself being left to do all that...I’m probably just being paranoid about all this though lol
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    (Original post by blawan)
    Definitely don't get a studio as you will be a loner. Self catered halls are still very sociable provided the flats are reasonably large ie more than 5 people per flat. It's quite nice when you can all cook or bake things together and have flat meals. It's also nice to have your own kitchen/living area to hang out in and host parties.
    It depends on your uni though and what the most common type of halls is. If most of the accommodation is catered apart from one block of self catered then yes it'll be a less sociable environment. But generally you'll be fine in self catered.
    Catered accommodation is normally very sociable because everyone eats together at the same time in the same area. That said, it can be a bit of a pain and I agree it's nicer to cook whatever you want. Plus also, some catered halls don't provide food on the weekends so you have to fend for yourself.
    I've never had a problem with people stealing my stuff but it can happen. Normally you'll be alright if everyone in your flat gets on well and are open with each other. Most of the time it tends to just be borrowing a bit of milk anyway.
    Would you say that it was easy to get along with your flat mates? I’m worried that I won’t get along with them, Im just generally worried that I’ll find it hard to make friends at all.
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    Would you say that it was easy to get along with your flat mates? I’m worried that I won’t get along with them, Im just generally worried that I’ll find it hard to make friends at all.
    Yeah it was pretty easy. I remember when we found out through the facebook page before uni who was going to be in our flat, I had a quick look at all their profiles and none of them looked like the kind of people I'd normally hang out with so I was a bit concerned. When I actually got to uni I realised how silly it was to be so close minded, as even though we did all have differences it was so easy to get on and there was more to them than I thought.
    There was one person in our flat who would hardly socialise and would always keep their door closed so we weren't that close with him at first but after a few months he warmed up. I would recommend being as sociable as you can in the first few weeks though, even if you're quite introverted it's worth making the effort.
    Even if your flatmates aren't what you imagined, when you're seeing them every day you're bound to get on reasonably well. That said, they weren't necessarily my closest friends and the people I'd go out with regularly because like I said we had different tastes. So yeah you might end up with a few different groups of friends.
    Some of my mates were unlucky and didn't get friendly flatmates but that was more because they had chosen quieter accommodation.
    You'll be fine though, if your flatmates aren't ideal remember you have everyone else in your block.
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    I'm in self catered in a flat with 3 other people in uni halls. Perfectly fine, still sociable and you get to cook which is awesome. However mess is an issue with one of my flatmates in particular. I went home for a few days recently and came back to find some pasta gone and a wooden spoon of mine in a mess. Next time I'm away I will be taking everything into my room. Apart from that it's fine. I just leave messy things to the side and tell him to clean up if he leaves mess.
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