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Hi, I've just firmed york for english literature starting this autumn. I'm looking for some advice on which colleges to apply to for accommodation? I was thinking maybe vanbrugh or alcuin as they're on campus west. I want to make some good friends and socialise but I'm really not into going out/getting bladdered every night. If anyone could give me some advice that would be great, thanks!
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Have you been to look around the accommodation?
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Yeah! Tbf most of the rooms looked similar, you?
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I've just firmed York too, I'm thinking of Vanbrugh tbh cos apparently its quite good for live music. I'm the same as you, I want to socialise but not bothered about partying every single night. It might be a stereotype but apparently Derwent is more for partying but i dont know. Do you want catered accommodation?
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Ah that's cool, yeah I ended up putting vanbrugh as well as it looked dead good for student life. I'm gonna do self catered then if goes really badly I think there's a card you can get which means you can get catered meals in a self catered flat. what about you?
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Yeah I'd really like to stay in like langwith or alcuin or something but there so expensive I don't get how people can afford them, York accommodation is expensive enough as it it. And im really not sure at the moment, I want self-catered but then catered is only like £500 extra in some cases so its a good deal. Im gonna research that card your on about cos if thats true ill probably go self catered and then get the card. What subject do you want to do?
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Literally! unless you want to stay in halifax its pretty expensive compared to other unis. And fair enough, I think its called a meals in advance deal if you want to look into it. I'm applying for english literature, wbu?
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Right!? I think i'd hate halifax, its so far away but its the only one that is normal price. And cool, I bet English lit is so good to study at York because its so historic and it has loads of book shops. I wanna do biology, its seems quite good for labs and stuff but also wildlife, like there's ducks everywhere!
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Yeah I’m dead excited for English lit, the lecturers were so friendly and didn’t seem stuck up. Biology seems so interesting, I’m taking it for a level but honestly couldn’t hack it at degree level so applaud u !
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Yeah same for biology with the staff I saw, and haha thank you but honestly I couldn't hack English either.
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Hi, I’ve firmed york for this year and was unsure about which accommodation to choose! I’m doing chemistry so will prefer to be on campus west and can’t decide between the colleges and whether to go catered or self catered. Any help would be much appreciated!
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Wow chemistry! That'll be great! I was like you but decided to go for self-catered accommodation purely because then if you decide that you don't like self-catered accommodation you can always buy a meals in advance card which will let you be sort of catered. With campus west I think there's like vanbrugh, alcuin, james, derwent, i went for vanbrugh for money reasons. Also this is probably just stereotypes but apparently derwent is the more party college if you prefer that.
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Yh I’m so excited!! Biology will be amazing too! Thanks for the advice, I think I’m leading more towards self catered as Im really keen to get involved with all the social aspects so I think it’ll be easier if I’m not so restricted with dinner times and like you say if I struggle with the cooking can always buy the meal card! I’ve been looking at the colleges a bit more and Vanbrugh seems like one of my top choices too along with Derwent as they’re cheap and have a good social life from what I’ve heard. Are you starting in September?
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Hey! I'm currently in my first year at York studying maths Biology, Chemistry and English lit should all be taught on West Campus so Vanbrugh, Alcuin or Derwent might be good choices for accommodation if you don't want to travel too far to get to lectures. I really wouldn't rule out a place on East Campus though; I'm in Constantine at the minute and it's only a 5-6 minute bus journey to West Campus where lectures are and the accommodation is really nice (shared bathroom).

As for the partying/clubbing side of things, it really depends who you get put with as flatmates. I don't go out too much and prefer to stay in most of the time but I know people who are more into clubbing/going out with friends on a regular basis. Whatever happens you'll find friends and people with the same interests at uni, honestly there are so many different people here it'd be difficult to not find someone you get along with and can be friends with.

If you have any extra questions feel free to message me!
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Yh I’m so excited!! Biology will be amazing too! Thanks for the advice, I think I’m leading more towards self catered as Im really keen to get involved with all the social aspects so I think it’ll be easier if I’m not so restricted with dinner times and like you say if I struggle with the cooking can always buy the meal card! I’ve been looking at the colleges a bit more and Vanbrugh seems like one of my top choices too along with Derwent as they’re cheap and have a good social life from what I’ve heard. Are you starting in September?
Yeah I'm starting in September, are you? And yeah that's why I went with vanbrugh, but derwent looks nice too.
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hi everyone! I've already applied for accomodation, and chose Vanbrugh as well! I have an offer for English language and linguistics and will start this year too 😊 I've read a lot about accomodation, and it's true that there are many stereotypes as to the identity of each college... which is why I went with Vanbrugh as well, although it's bloody expensive! if you're unsure whether to be catered or not, I understand the meals in advance deal is good, but it's still an extra cost to add to the accomodation, while some food could at least be paid for with the accomodation in catered. but that's my opinion ! I hope to see you all in September 😊
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hi everyone! I've already applied for accomodation, and chose Vanbrugh as well! I have an offer for English language and linguistics and will start this year too 😊 I've read a lot about accomodation, and it's true that there are many stereotypes as to the identity of each college... which is why I went with Vanbrugh as well, although it's bloody expensive! if you're unsure whether to be catered or not, I understand the meals in advance deal is good, but it's still an extra cost to add to the accomodation, while some food could at least be paid for with the accomodation in catered. but that's my opinion ! I hope to see you all in September 😊
Hey! I'll see you in vanbrugh then, did you go with catered? And I know it's so expensive! But all York accommodation is tbh except hatfield. And yeah apparently Vanbrugh is good for like arts/music and do a live music night which seems really good.
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Hey! I'll see you in vanbrugh then, did you go with catered? And I know it's so expensive! But all York accommodation is tbh except hatfield. And yeah apparently Vanbrugh is good for like arts/music and do a live music night which seems really good.
hey! yeah, I went with catered, it seemed worth it even though I must admit the meals in advance deal seemed really appealing aha. but I guess I'll be able to cook for lunch and during the weekend and holiday, which I really wanna try 😊 what degree are you gonna do next year ? I cannot wait for the live music stuff 😍
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hey! yeah, I went with catered, it seemed worth it even though I must admit the meals in advance deal seemed really appealing aha. but I guess I'll be able to cook for lunch and during the weekend and holiday, which I really wanna try 😊 what degree are you gonna do next year ? I cannot wait for the live music stuff 😍
Yeah I was so tempted with catered just because its not that much more than self catered anyway, but was really worried i wouldn't like the food. And I'm gonna be doing biology (although i used to wanna do linguistics and languages and stuff), and same! What kinda music do you like?
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Yeah I was so tempted with catered just because its not that much more than self catered anyway, but was really worried i wouldn't like the food. And I'm gonna be doing biology (although i used to wanna do linguistics and languages and stuff), and same! What kinda music do you like?
well, I watched some videos on YouTube about students who are catered in Vanbrugh, and one of the students said that he was afraid he wouldn't like the food. however he shows on the video some food he got, and he said there's a lot of choice! I decided to trust that and try it aha, and if I don't like it I can change after a year! I especially like rock music, but any kind is fine to have fun, really. what about you?
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