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    Well to be fair there's no guarantee you will be best friends with those in your flat. Halls aren't the only way you make friends. And you could always just spend most of your time at uni anyway.



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    (Original post by gm15)
    Well to be fair there's no guarantee you will be best friends with those in your flat. Halls aren't the only way you make friends. And you could always just spend most of your time at uni anyway.



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    This is true, there is usually people who do not get on with other people, etc.

    And yes, i could since it is such a short distance away.

    One thing i forgot to say was that if we said in our application that we wanted to be with friends, etc the UNI would put us together.
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    Go into halls. Unless you want to be the 40 year old who still lives with their parents, then you've got to move out sometime - and you're plenty old enough.

    I've lived away from home for about 18 months now . . . I honestly couldn't go back to living with the parents on a permanent basis.
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    (Original post by Origami Bullets)
    Go into halls. Unless you want to be the 40 year old who still lives with their parents, then you've got to move out sometime - and you're plenty old enough.

    I've lived away from home for about 18 months now . . . I honestly couldn't go back to living with the parents on a permanent basis.
    Haha, believe me... I want to move out, feel ready enough to move out. but i am more concerned with - Is it stupid to spend all of my money on a flat 20 minutes away from my house?
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    (Original post by OrangeUK)
    Haha, believe me... I want to move out, feel ready enough to move out. but i am more concerned with - Is it stupid to spend all of my money on a flat 20 minutes away from my house?
    That's the sort of argument that leads to people living with their parents until they're 40, simply because they don't have any reason to leave their hometown, and it would be "stupid" to pay on rent when they can live rent-free (and have mum do their washing). If you want to do it, then I don't think it's a stupid thing to do at all. I've done it once and I'd do it again.
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    (Original post by Origami Bullets)
    That's the sort of argument that leads to people living with their parents until they're 40, simply because they don't have any reason to leave their hometown, and it would be "stupid" to pay on rent when they can live rent-free (and have mum do their washing). If you want to do it, then I don't think it's a stupid thing to do at all. I've done it once and I'd do it again.
    Again, it is not the fact of living rent free. It is the fact of; Is it worth moving 20 minutes (if that) away for £412 a month - Which would nearly be all, if not all of my funding money.
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    I lived at home first year and saved up my money from SF which has allowed me to afford a nice studio room with my own bathroom and kitchen in the centre of the city for my 2nd year. I've experienced living in halls too before and it wasn't my thing.
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    (Original post by Costalo)
    I lived at home first year and saved up my money from SF which has allowed me to afford a nice studio room with my own bathroom and kitchen in the centre of the city for my 2nd year. I've experienced living in halls too before and it wasn't my thing.
    With the rooms in these newly built halls, each room has an en-suite so no toilet or shower sharing which is a plus.
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    Okay so I'm really torn between living in dorms and living at home. My house is like 34 minute drive and 1 hr and 6 mins (every minute counts :P) by C-train/bus. I live in Canada B.T.W but this site has a lot of people so I decided to ask it here .

    I'm scared that if I don't stay in res, I won't make a lot of friends. It's really hard for me to just go up to people and start a random conversation. If i'm forced to (as in res) I'll have to do it otherwise being an outcast. If I commute I will probably make like 2 friends and we wouldn't even hang out. I also do not want a huge chunka debt after UNI.

    So here is my idea:
    Go to a University in my home town and take Rez first year and then commute the rest of the years (by train cause i can catch up on sleep).
    Pros:
    - I will make friends who I can chill with all 4 years of UNI
    - Might become sociable
    - Have fun / enjoy res life
    - Keep costs low
    - Have a lighter course load. Here we have to complete 10 courses per year in order to get a bachelors degree in 4 years. Most people take 5 courses in the fall semester and 5 in the winter. I can take a summer semester because I won't have to pay for summer residency since my parent's live here. So I will live in res and take 4 courses for Fall and Winter semester then take 2 courses during summer while living at home.
    - No travelling back and forth to cities.
    - Be able to travel abroad to at least 1 country sometime during my other 3 years because I didn't waste money living in res in 1 university for 4 years.

    Cons:
    - My parent's. They said I have to come home every weekend!?!@?!@!@W?!@ They are crazy. I'll just say somethings come up every week and not come home for the weekends unless I feel like it. I'm sure they will understand.


    So what you you think? Do you have any suggestions?
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    (Original post by Sammi_K?)
    Cons:
    - My parent's. They said I have to come home every weekend!?!@?!@!@W?!@ They are crazy. I'll just say somethings come up every week and not come home for the weekends unless I feel like it. I'm sure they will understand.
    Why do your parents want you home every weekend? You're an adult, you can make your own decisions, and your parents should learn to understand that.
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    They are brown parents so they hold on longer.
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    Hello all,

    I recently posted a thread kind of similar to this, but in the wrong location... Anyway i'm going to make this a short one as i am just trying to find out some information.

    What are the major differences between living at home and living in halls (not including finances).

    If you were around a 20 minute bus journey from the Uni would you move in to halls at upwards of £400+ a month? If so why?

    If you have lived in both during your time at Uni, what has been your favourite?



    Thank you all!
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    I was in the same situation. Chose halls because I wanted to 'live the student life'. I mean it is expensive but the maintenance loan covers it for me and I can always pay it back, however I can't get the time I missed at uni back. Unless money is really really tight or you I think you should live in halls
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    I lived in halls because I wanted the independence, the lifestyle, and to be able to go to a uni that wasn't Bristol / UWE / Bath.

    I've loved living in halls - returning home for the summer just seems a bit . . . crap in comparison.
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    (Original post by Origami Bullets)
    I lived in halls because I wanted the independence, the lifestyle, and to be able to go to a uni that wasn't Bristol / UWE / Bath.

    I've loved living in halls - returning home for the summer just seems a bit . . . crap in comparison.
    Thank you for the help, my thoughts were kind of the same, wanting the independence etc.
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    (Original post by OrangeUK)
    Thank you for the help, my thoughts were kind of the same, wanting the independence etc.
    The cost isn't just the £400 a month on rent though, you need to factor in food (and drink!) and all the extra socialising you'll be doing if you live in halls.

    Assuming that you can afford it (PROPERLY afford it) then go ahead, it's great. Although, if you're only twenty minutes away are you sure you'll get a place in halls?
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    (Original post by Norton1)
    Although, if you're only twenty minutes away are you sure you'll get a place in halls?
    Not all universities take distance into consideration...care about UK/eu or international, new or returning and undergead or pg but not whether you live 5 minutes or 50 miles away.

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    (Original post by gm15)
    Not all universities take distance into consideration...care about UK/eu or international, new or returning and undergead or pg but not whether you live 5 minutes or 50 miles away.

    This was posted from The Student Room's Android App on my U20i
    Well I didn't bother to check, which is why I asked a question rather than make a statement. Having now checked UWS - which is what it presumably is - guarantees accomodation for all first years.
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    There are pros and cons to both.

    Having done both I'd say pros of halls
    are that there's lots of opportunities to socialise, make friends and become independent. Cons of halls for me were the that living with a large group of others can be stressful - people can be inconsiderate with regards to notice, mess etc. Also costly when you factor in all the extras like food, washing costs and such.

    The main upside of living at home for me is that I can live rent free! Easily afford to run a car, socialise, buy clothes, makeup, gym membership etc all of which I'd struggle to afford while living away from home. I can honestly say for me there are no cons of living at home. I have the same amount of independence, come
    and go as I please and love my home
    comforts. I don't feel I miss out on the social side as I still get involved and can stay over at a Uni friends if after a night out if I have Uni the following day.

    My advice would be without a doubt spend the first year in halls. It's what I did. It gives you the chance to learn to be independent, make new friends, socialise and properly get involved in the student life. After that you could always move home for years 2 & 3, having experienced living away from home and made yourself many new friends. However, you might absolutely love it and not be able to imagine going back to living at home.

    The only way you'll know is by trying!


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Updated: July 15, 2013
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