Sorry if this questions been asked before. Was just wondering how far away your hometown is from your university? I would love to go to university in Ireland or Scotland, but I don't know if I would regret not being able to come home regularly. So if you go to university a long way away, do you regret it? How often do you go home? And how much does it cost you?
I'm about a 7/8 hour drive away from home, so it's nigh on impossible to go home for a weekend as by the time I get there it's almost time to turn around and go back again. However, I don't mind too much that I can't go home during term time (I did it once last term and it was just too much hassle) as I ring home often so it doesn't feel as though I'm 300 odd miles away. It costs me about £60 return when I do go home which I don't think is too bad for a 6 hour train journey which crosses London, but it'd certainly add up if I went home more often. As of March however Flybe are starting to do flights from Norwich to Exeter, meaning that next year I might manage it more as I should be slightly better off due to living in a house rather than halls.
About 3 hours away. Perfect distance really. I'm not so close that I'm tempted to go home often and miss out on a social life here, but I'm close enough that, should I ever need to, I can get back fairly easily. Saying that, the only time I've been back home since September is at Xmas, so maybe that option isn't really necessary.
About 300 miles (5-6 hour drive). But it's a 3 hour direct train from London, so it's quite easy for me to get home as I just get the train to London then the tube and a short train out to my hometown. It's a reasonably cheap journey (about £20 for a single) if I book a few weeks in advance.
If there wasn't the direct, fast train from London then it would be much harder, but as it is it's fine and it's easy to go home for a weekend (I usually go Friday - Sunday).
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About three hours on the train, station to station (more like 4 if you measure door-to-door). Anyway, I think it's a fairly good distance, because I'm not really tempted to go back just for the hell of it, but when there's been a reason to go back (reading week, family funeral, getting a fairly specialist item fixed being the three reasons so far other than xmas) then it's not a major pain.
PS my careers teacher used to have a formula for a happy university experience. I can't remember what most of it was, but one part was "two hours away from home, girls!" - basically for the reasons above
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It's an hour and a half drive - I live in west London and study in Cambridge. When I visit home during term time it takes me 45 minutes to get to Central London by train (WHY IS CAMBRIDGE STATION SO OUT OF TOWN THOUGH!!) and then approximately the same amount on the Underground to get home, costing me about £25 all in all so it's not too bad at all.
For me I couldn't really spend a whole term without going to London. I have stuff timetabled here 7 days a week so it really feels like a prison most of the time and I need that escape every few weeks. Plus I'm in a relationship with a Londoner so it's brilliant that we don't have to be apart the whole time.
I'm from Poole in Dorset, and I live in Aberystwyth and I love it though for me in terms of distance it's a bit of a weird one. In a car it's 215 miles (about 4 and a half hours) and goes via Bristol and Newport. However, the train (which I use more, and doesn't even touch that route) takes seven and a half hours with two changes. My advised route is Poole - Winchester - Wolverhampton - Aberystwyth, but it's actually slightly cheaper to do Poole - Southampton Central - Birmingham International - Aberystwyth. The nightmare is at Birmingham because if you miss the train you face a 2 hour wait for the next one, and from Birmingham International to Aberystwyth the train takes 3 and a half hours (although this DOES include 10 minutes at Birmingham New Street and 15 minutes at Shrewsbury). With a rail card I can do a return for about £46 normally. The train route is 110 miles longer than the car route.