Advantages of catered :
- Cooked breakfast in the morning, especially useful when you've just been on a wild night out or just can't be bothered to cook breakfast.
- You get at least 2 meals a day in your diet. Whereas in self-catered, I personally thought I may have missed meals because I couldn't be arsed to cook.
- (Relevant to Wills) You get formal dinners every Friday, it makes every Friday an occasion. The dinner is generally better than the rest of the weeks and you get soup so that it is a 3 course meal.
- You can still cook if you're catered but it is limited to a microwave unless you get a George Foreman grill which is super useful. If you apply to Hiatt Baker, in their kitchens there are hobs and ovens.
- Brunch on a Saturday is great when you've been out on Friday night, not just to relieve your hangover but to talk to your friends about the night before.
- Sociable, being in catered is really sociable since the best way to catch up with your friends is over dinner. In freshers week it is a great way to meet new people.
- Meal times, if you don't like breakfast from 7.30am to 8.30 or dinner from 5.30pm to 6.30pm then this ain't for you.
- Quality of food, not always great but what do you expect when your kitchen caters for over 300 people?
If I got to choose again It would be catered again.
Stoke Bishop in my opinion is more sociable since there are more halls and the bars in the Clifton halls are crap from my experience. People generally hang out in the hall bars, nobody really bothers with the SU.