Catered or Self-catered accommodation?

In catered halls the meal times are restricted but often there are small kitchens near the bedrooms so you can make snacks and simple meals. 

The advantage of catered halls is that you do not have to worry about shopping, cooking or clearing up after cooking a breakfast or evening meal and you can meet people who are not in the same group of rooms. 

In self catered accommodation there can be problems with cleaning and other people leaving their clutter making it harder for you to prepare your own meal. 

However, you can eat what you want pretty much when you want to in the day and evening.  It is a good idea to plan a series of meals that you know how to cook and enjoy eating.  This makes the shopping easier to organise. 

Quite a few people with AS can get a small fridge in their own room so that they can avoid the social interaction and negotiating problems over shared fridges and ‘missing’ food. 

If you need help planning meals and sorting out a shopping list, do tell the Residential Adviser or a Study Adviser in the AAC.  Then we will know that you need some support and will help you to learn these skills.


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