ACCOMMODATION - SELF CATERED vs CATERED

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niyah2001
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Hi, I'm hopefully going to Nottingham uni in Sep and what wondering what accommodation is the best in terms of good social life and easy to make friends and have fun ??

I was planning on doing self-catered but have heard that catered is better at Nottingham

What is the best place to apply for self-catered and catered and is there any difference in terms of social life/experience????

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I can't speak from personal experience as I'm also planning on starting this year but I found a little bit out.

Broadgate is the biggest self-catered student village at Nottingham and is one the biggest in Europe, which makes it a great place for socialising. It's close to university park (a five minute walk) and Beeston town centre which is full of pubs. It's also only a 5/10 minute bus ride into Nottingham city centre, too.

SPC and Raleigh Park are smaller, but I've heard they're very social and fine for that sort of thing. Closer to the city centre, but further from UP.

I'm not sure about catered, as I was never interested in that sort of thing. Mostly because I eat really late and can't be doing with set meal times.
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Hi! I’m a first year at Uni of Nottingham and am currently staying in Broadgate Park. I would recommend Broadgate Park to applicants because it’s nice to eat whatever you want whenever you want it. Beeston is just a ten minute walk away and there’s an Iceland, Tesco and Lidl there for you to do your weekly shops. Some people even order online and get a delivery to save them carrying it. I would say it takes more like 20/25 minutes to write the tram into the city centre but that’s the same for all accommodations at Uni of anyway so I wouldn’t worry to much about that. I have been very fortunate to get on with everyone in my flat and we are all living together next year. The kitchen is a great social space for us and are also great for predrinks where you can meet people. When we all first moved in some flats had flat parties which were good for mingling. My friends in catered don’t really rate their evening meals and have said that wardens patrol the corridors sometimes to make sure there’s no noise. However in catered there’s set lunch times so dinner tends to be where they make friends and in the catered accommodations people just make friends with those in their block. The major disadvantage to Broadgate is that it’s just off campus so is a longer walk to lectures than catered halls. For example, I’m studying Chemistry which is the other side if campus to BGP and it takes me 20 minutes to walk there
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there'll be at least one flat party per week at SPC usually, and they're open-house
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