durham uni self catered colleges - spill the tea Watch

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hello, im going to visit durham next month but not on an actual open day so i need to work out which colleges are worth visiting/where to devote most time to.
i only want to do self catered but there aren't many options at durham.
please could you give opinions/spill the tea on these colleges:
-castle
-stephenson
-cuths
-john snow
-josephine butler

thank you!!! x
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(Original post by pon1de2replay3)
hello, im going to visit durham next month but not on an actual open day so i need to work out which colleges are worth visiting/where to devote most time to.
i only want to do self catered but there aren't many options at durham.
please could you give opinions/spill the tea on these colleges:
-castle
-stephenson
-cuths
-john snow
-josephine butler

thank you!!! x
Castle - Extremely unlikely
Stephenson and Butler - Very possible, share same ground
Cuths - Bit of a **** hole
John Snow - Cannot comment
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I think the brand new unnamed south college is going to be self catered so thats an option too. Due to open 2020.
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Castle - Extremely unlikely
Stephenson and Butler - Very possible, share same ground
Cuths - Bit of a **** hole
John Snow - Cannot comment
everyone told me not to put my preference down as castle because I likely wouldn't get it, I thought "screw it", did it anyway, and got in - I didn't even get reallocated despite missing my offer. Don't let the over-subscription of it put you off! You always have a chance
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everyone told me not to put my preference down as castle because I likely wouldn't get it, I thought "screw it", did it anyway, and got in - I didn't even get reallocated despite missing my offer. Don't let the over-subscription of it put you off! You always have a chance
what's castle like?
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what's castle like?
the self-catered block is a little bit away from the castle itself. Maybe 10 mins walk. But it's close enough that you can walk there and socialise. Most of the people in castle's self-catered block socialise amongst each other fairly well. There is a kitchen per floor with about 3-6 people per floor, depending. There are maybe 6-8 blocks total. Each of about 3-4 floors. So about 100 self-catereds. The kitchen is nice and spacious and doubles as a social space it's that big. It even has a TV in it.

I would however recommend rethinking your self-catered only mindset. I was going to apply to Josephine Butler because I wanted self-catered but then went for Castle because it's a castle and I thought I may as well try. I got in to castle and after the post offer open day I chose to put my preference as fully catered because I get to eat 3 meals a day in the castle and I was much closer to everyone for everything social. I know the financial implications can seem daunting but there are grants and stuff to help with that. I got £2k to help. Even then I made sure to have a fairly strict budget. I had about £30 /week socialising money for beer etc. which goes a long way in Durham as the college bars sell pints for £1.60-£2.10 for pretty much everything. If you still struggle to afford everything talk to college and they'll usually help with a loan or something until you're in privately rented stuff in 2nd year. Always remember, they won't let you starve.
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the self-catered block is a little bit away from the castle itself. Maybe 10 mins walk. But it's close enough that you can walk there and socialise. Most of the people in castle's self-catered block socialise amongst each other fairly well. There is a kitchen per floor with about 3-6 people per floor, depending. There are maybe 6-8 blocks total. Each of about 3-4 floors. So about 100 self-catereds. The kitchen is nice and spacious and doubles as a social space it's that big. It even has a TV in it.

I would however recommend rethinking your self-catered only mindset. I was going to apply to Josephine Butler because I wanted self-catered but then went for Castle because it's a castle and I thought I may as well try. I got in to castle and after the post offer open day I chose to put my preference as fully catered because I get to eat 3 meals a day in the castle and I was much closer to everyone for everything social. I know the financial implications can seem daunting but there are grants and stuff to help with that. I got £2k to help. Even then I made sure to have a fairly strict budget. I had about £30 /week socialising money for beer etc. which goes a long way in Durham as the college bars sell pints for £1.60-£2.10 for pretty much everything. If you still struggle to afford everything talk to college and they'll usually help with a loan or something until you're in privately rented stuff in 2nd year. Always remember, they won't let you starve.
okay thank you that's helpful, do u know how much it is per week for catered tho? (and self catered if u know?)
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okay thank you that's helpful, do u know how much it is per week for catered tho? (and self catered if u know?)
https://www.dur.ac.uk/experience/colleges/costs/

mine was £7422 for this year and I'm now living in a shared house outside of college (which is the norm, people only really live in for first year) but that money was only for like 9 months of rent. It isn't cheap but I'd definitely recommend it for first year just so you're near the action, so to speak, and get to meet people and make friends. Also remember that that covers all your food (during term time) so you get 3 meals a day cooked for you or packed lunches if you're not gonna be able to make it in for lunch, and a cleaner comes round once/twice a week and hoovers your room and stuff. Self-catered is cheaper but once you've factored in cooking times and takeaways you'll probably buy yourself it's not that much cheaper I don't think. I bought like 3 takeaways in 9 months and ate out once because all my food was being made for me I didn't want to eat out. Also, like I've said, the social aspect of eating together as a college is where you'll make most of your friends. The link up at the top has this year's college costs on them.
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