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Should I live at home or in uni halls?

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    (Original post by Origami Bullets)
    I'd be really interested to see this scheme; do you have a link to it at all?

    Personally I'd always live away from home unless it was a question of homelessness or living at home. I didn't quite realise how much I'd appreciate the freedom, autonomy and sociability that life in halls gives you.
    no, sorry but when i have to make my decision about it i'll link you if i find out

    yeah i know this is what makes my decision so difficult, i expect applying after i've studied for a year will be more difficult than if i applied from the start too. I mean i've already applied for accommodation but even if they come back with an offer of my first choice i can still turn them down
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    I'm going to Salford University in September and I want to live at home..

    However, me being one of those worriers had this image in my head of being a loner on my course whilst the others swan off down the pub because they all live together in student accomodation...

    Any advice/thoughts on whether living at home reduces your chance of making friends?
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    Well, the people on your course won't all be living together, so they're just as likely to not have a friend group in the course as you.

    It can be harder to make friends if you don't live halls, but it's very hard to make no friends at university as long as you take the effort to talk to people.
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    Some of my friends live off campus and it really has an effect on them (not saying it will happen to you, but just from what I've seen).

    They didn't have all the fresher memories that we do, they are less integrated into our little society at uni and whenever we want them to come outside of lecture/seminar time so we can meet up and discuss projects, they're reluctant to because its pointless to travel all that way just for an hour or so (same effect as if you only had one lecture for the day).

    Overall, it can affect your social standing and your presence in all things academic, but if you live close to Salford (or can hop on a 36/37 at will) then it shouldn't have that much of an effect on you. You will still make friends, but you'll be limited in little ways sometimes
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    (Original post by parkyparkinson)
    I'm going to Salford University in September and I want to live at home..

    However, me being one of those worriers had this image in my head of being a loner on my course whilst the others swan off down the pub because they all live together in student accomodation...

    Any advice/thoughts on whether living at home reduces your chance of making friends?
    Why not just stay in the halls?
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    (Original post by Mr Dangermouse)
    Why not just stay in the halls?
    I have a job at home that pays well and i only live half an hour away mich cheaper option too!!

    This was posted from The Student Room's Android App on my GT-I9100
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    (Original post by parkyparkinson)
    I'm going to Salford University in September and I want to live at home..

    However, me being one of those worriers had this image in my head of being a loner on my course whilst the others swan off down the pub because they all live together in student accomodation...

    Any advice/thoughts on whether living at home reduces your chance of making friends?
    If you're willing to make the extra effort with people from your course and from societies then you won't struggle with making friends, but you will have to go that extra bit further, as in Halls friends are sort of handed to you on a plate as you have to get to know the people with whom you live.

    It is what works best for you. Personally, Halls was amazing for me, all of the people in my flat are now my closest friends.

    Don't worry about not living in Halls - you get out of university what you put in, so if you make the effort with people from your course and societies you won't have any problems
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    (Original post by parkyparkinson)
    I have a job at home that pays well and i only live half an hour away mich cheaper option too!!

    This was posted from The Student Room's Android App on my GT-I9100
    Fair enough. I'm in a very similar scenario actually but I'm just going to commute back to my hometown for work.
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    I lived at home in my first year and I felt it to be a definite disadvantage.

    If you are going to do it you have to make up for it by joining societies and clubs.

    In the second year I joined a football team and by the end of uni I had so many friends, completely derived from that football team...and their friends from halls.

    good luck
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    (Original post by monk_keys)
    I lived at home in my first year and I felt it to be a definite disadvantage.

    If you are going to do it you have to make up for it by joining societies and clubs.

    In the second year I joined a football team and by the end of uni I had so many friends, completely derived from that football team...and their friends from halls.

    good luck
    Yeah i'm not gonna take a laid back approach, i wanna mingle and join clubs and such i'm pretty social in the right situation and already know a friend going Salford in the same building who is living at halls

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    (Original post by parkyparkinson)
    I'm going to Salford University in September and I want to live at home..

    However, me being one of those worriers had this image in my head of being a loner on my course whilst the others swan off down the pub because they all live together in student accomodation...

    Any advice/thoughts on whether living at home reduces your chance of making friends?
    It doesn't reduce anything. It depends. As long as you make the effort, others will undoubtedly make some back.
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    Im in the same position as you.
    living about 30-40 mins away from uni and staying at home was a no brainer due to the money i'd save, but now im fairly worried about freshers e.t.c...
    is it too late to apply for a form of accomodation?
    if it is then anyone know any good hotels in the area lol
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    (Original post by MarkiMarky93)
    Im in the same position as you.
    living about 30-40 mins away from uni and staying at home was a no brainer due to the money i'd save, but now im fairly worried about freshers e.t.c...
    is it too late to apply for a form of accomodation?
    if it is then anyone know any good hotels in the area lol
    depends, i doubt it! hahaha i think private accomodation will always be an option up until september! where you going? :yes:

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    Winchester uni, Really down south.
    maybe i should contact the uni hahaa
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    (Original post by MarkiMarky93)
    Winchester uni, Really down south.
    maybe i should contact the uni hahaa
    Good idea

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    (Original post by parkyparkinson)
    I have a job at home that pays well and i only live half an hour away mich cheaper option too!!

    This was posted from The Student Room's Android App on my GT-I9100
    Reallt live in halls you will have a much better time it's not imperative bus so much more fun and if you want a job there is always bar work or something while i uni.
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    I've just finished my last year at uni and I lived at home because I was 'too close' to get a place in halls and all of the private accommodation around Kingston was far too expensive. I only really felt at a disadvantage during the first couple of weeks, but I quickly made friends.
    As long as you make an effort to talk to people on your course and you live close enough, I don't think it really matters if you live in halls or not. You'll probably still end up hanging out with everyone anyway, plus you still get to socialise with friends at home.
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    (Original post by MarkiMarky93)
    Im in the same position as you.
    living about 30-40 mins away from uni and staying at home was a no brainer due to the money i'd save, but now im fairly worried about freshers e.t.c...
    is it too late to apply for a form of accomodation?
    if it is then anyone know any good hotels in the area lol
    Im about 30-40 minutes away too, and my mum didnt have all the documents in time for me to apply for student fininace income based, so i've gone non-income based and literally don't get anything, so wouldnt even be able to provide halls. Im thinking when you get to know people you can stay at there halls some nights so can still experience uni life
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    (Original post by MarkiMarky93)
    Winchester uni, Really down south.
    maybe i should contact the uni hahaa
    Im going to Winchester too!
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    at the end of the day it is up too you I moved out for uni even thought i was just in Reading (45min by train approx) If i had lived at home I would have missed all the fun of freshers week learning how to live on my own fun kitchen games like kitchen tennis and Kitchen ball and ultment fencing. also the pre gaming and just general fun also it was a good opening line "so where do you live" so have fun stay or go i would go you need to learn how to live alone some time
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