Freshers, should you go catered or not?
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Going to university is about becoming independent – learning to look after yourself, free from the constraints of life back home. Learning to cook is often seen as an essential part of that experience. As a former fresher in catered accommodation though, I don’t think going self-catered is all it’s cracked up to be. Sure, you will need to learn how to make your own food before you leave university, but it’s almost certain you’ll be doing that in your second year when you live out for the first time. Freshers is, and should always be, about settling in somewhere new and meeting as many new people as possible. Catered accommodation is a great way of facilitating this, as you’ll be sharing a dining hall or something similar with all your fellow students as soon as you arrive. It might seem daunting sitting down to eat with complete strangers at first, but it forces you to get the awkward small talk out of the way and start to develop friendships that may even last beyond the first week.
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