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So you have found your dream university, got you offer và now you need to choose where to live. The majority of universities offer student accommodation for international students with the option of catered or self-catered living.

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Below is a checkdanh sách of questions lớn consider when trying to lớn decide between catered và self-catered accommodation:

Do you want to lớn cook for yourself?

In self-catered accommodation you make all your own meals so you will need to lớn be prepared to lớn cook. There are lots of student websites và recipe books which you can get ideas for recipes from. Sometimes cooking for yourself or with your flatmates can save sầu money, as you can shop around, & get the best đơn hàng in supermarkets (it can also be more fun). However, if you despise cooking or burn every single meal you make, then you might want to consider catered accommodation where all you meals are prepared for you.

Do you have any allergies or are you a fussy eater?

How flexible vì you need to be for meals?

As catered accommodation is catering for often over 100 students, all their meals are at fixed times. Therefore, if you are planning on joining lots of different clubs và taking part in many extra-curricular activities, these mix mealtimes might clash with your hectic social life. However, you can use the set mealtimes to lớn your advantage; if breakfast is always served 7.30-9am, then provided you get up for your breakfast, you have the whole day ahead of you instead of wasting half your day in bed. If you think you might miss lots of meals then it is important khổng lồ consider if it is worthwhile, or if you would be wasting money on food you won’t eat?


How many people will there be in your accommodation?

Catered accommodation tends to lớn be a whole blochồng of individual rooms with 100+ students, a dining hall và communal area, whilst self-catered accommodation is split into lớn smaller flats of 3-15 people, who nói qua a kitchen & sometimes a small communal area. Some people may find it daunting lớn be in such a large group of people as a dining hall, và prefer to be in a smaller group lượt thích a flat. However, the difficulty with a smaller group of people is there may not be anyone in you flat who you particularly get along with, while a whole dining room of people gives you more choice of friends.

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How does your accommodation provider decide who else is in your self-catered flat?

Universities tkết thúc lớn have sầu a policy on how they house international students; some pair two students from the same country in the same flat, while others try lớn separate international students to encourage integration. If they bởi vì try khổng lồ keep those who are from the same country together, then you will need to lớn consider if you want to live with someone from your country. It can make it easier if you are homesichồng, are worried about cultural differences or are not very confident communicating in the language of the country you will be studying in. However, by living with native sầu speakers of your university’s language, you can learn a lot quicker, as you are forced to lớn speak in that language at all times. Catered accommodation has a larger number of people lớn choose from, so it will be more up to lớn you who you socialise with, international or not.

Where are the different accommodation types located?

How much money are you prepared lớn pay?

Catered accommodation, when comparing the prices, looks a lot more expensive, but you have sầu lớn bear in mind that this is including at least two meals a day. It may actually be the cheaper option if you don’t think you will be prepared lớn shop cheaply for your own food. So be realistic about what food or ingredients you would buy if you were cooking for yourself. Maybe go khổng lồ an online supermarket và put together a shopping basket for a week và then compare that lớn the difference between catered & self-catered. Does self-catered still look cheaper now?

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