am i being daft?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Kovu, 25 Apr 2010.

  1. Kovu

    Kovu Über Member

    Going to Uni in September. No matter how much I look through it I swear going for private accomadation as opposed to living in halls works out cheaper! :laugh:
     
  2. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Location:
    Logopolis
    No, you're not being daft.
     
  3. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    Location:
    South Croydon
    are you out weighing all your costs? heating, electricity and internet?
    + Halls is freaking awesome.
     
  4. OP
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    Kovu

    Kovu Über Member

    Yeah worked that out all into it and it still seems to work out cheaper. :laugh: Keep thinknig I haven't got the right thing.
     
  5. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

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    I'd say it's less a money thing and more what do you want kind of thing. Halls have been a rip-off for a good while.
     
  6. OP
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    Kovu

    Kovu Über Member

    Yeah I'm wanting to get a flat with one of my mates, she's going to one uni in leeds, and me another. But it's at least £61 difference, between the two. But I don't know if i am missing anything out or not. Want my arguement to be air tight when it comes to it with my parents here .. :laugh:
     
  7. Sambu

    Sambu Active Member

    Location:
    E.yorks
    are they self catered or catered? catered are normally overpriced. i lived in halls they were £66 a week all bills covered. its definitely cheaper than private in my experience, and it is awesome, and helps you settle in real good!
     
  8. OP
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    Kovu

    Kovu Über Member

    It's standard part catered and comes to £100.20 a week.
     
  9. Ranger

    Ranger New Member

    Location:
    Fife borders
    From my experience (a long time ago) those not living in Halls in the first term seemed to miss out on a lot of the social aspects of Uni and never really seemed to catch up on that aspect of life away.

    However that might have just been my perception of it
     
  10. gaz

    gaz Cycle Camera TV

    Location:
    South Croydon
    Don't both with catered halls. total waist of time and money.

    I would agree with you, a huge part of the social aspect of uni is built up around who you know in halls
     
  11. OP
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    Kovu

    Kovu Über Member

    That was one thougght about not living in halls, but then again never had trouble making mates. Will talk to anyone. :laugh:
     
  12. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    Halls for first year are a positive. You get to experience the social side of uni much easier if you're in a hall and surrounded by other students, most of whom are in the same boat: first year away from home. Certainly when WCMnr did his first year in hall he had a great time. Plus the advantage of not having to MAKE SURE you've put enough money to one side to ensure gas, electricity, phone, water, etc all budgeted for. His was self-catering and he definitely benefited from it. Second & final year he's been in private accommodation. Final year much more pleasant than second year.

    Edit: Forgot to add - when I went to university, back in the dim recesses of the dawn of pre-history, I didn't go into halls and I regret this very much. I missed out on a part of uni life others didn't.
     
  13. Sambu

    Sambu Active Member

    Location:
    E.yorks
    catered halls = Ripoff!!!!
     
  14. HelenD123

    HelenD123 Veteran

    Location:
    York
    Have you factored in the number of weeks the contract is for. You may need to rent the flat for 52 weeks but the halls will be for fewer. Usually you don't pay for halls over the summer and sometimes not for the Christmas and/or Easter holidays so over the year it may work out cheaper.

    I agree with the comments from the others that people's social lives in the first year and beyond can centre around the friends they make in halls and you may find it difficult to break into these social circles.
     
  15. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Location:
    Logopolis
    I knew someone who lived in the studenty areas of Leeds until last summer. I expect it would be cheaper outside certain halls, that may or may not be the case. I'd say if what you definitely want is not to be in halls and you have people lined up I'd say go for it. I'd worry a lot of the decent housing has been hoovered up at this late stage in the year though.

    You'll get people saying both ways with halls. Some halls have great friendship chains going, others don't. I lived in one of the ones that didn't. Either way there are unknowns and it's a big plunge you'll have to live with and adapt to.
     
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