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    Hi all First post on TSR so be nice please I, like many others, will be starting University next month. While I can't deny that I am slightly apprehensive, I'm also really looking forward to starting and immersing myself in the whole university experience! Anyway, onto the main question...I currently have a Part time job in a local supermarket, and I wouldn't want to give it up. It has helped me become a more confident person which is quite obviously a positive, especially when I will be meeting a whole range of new people in the very near future, both in student halls and on my course. The wages are decent too, and will certainly assist with regards to all the costs associated with living and studying at Uni. The only downside of having this job is that, inevitably, I will need to come home every weekend. Distance isn't a massive issue: the time it would take for me to go from the University to my local town would be 40-45 minutes, so it's not as if I'm hundreds of miles away from home. The main worry I have, however, is the worry of missing out on a lot of aspects of University life.Essentially, would I be missing out by going home every weekend? Feedback is welcomed and I will be happy to provide extra info if necessary

    You will struggle to adjust to being on your own and uni life in general if you go home every weekend. Why not think about getting a part time job in your uni town? You also should factor in the cost of traveling home every weekend.

    Does that supermarket have a store in your university town? Might be worth asking for a transfer...

    Personally, I would say that committing to going home every weekend would be a mistake. The weekend is a great time for socialising, if you join any university societies they'll often organise weekend things, my uni even has lectures on the weekend - so you really want the flexibility to stay at uni if you want to. Particularly in your first year, which is the time to try out new activities, make friends, etc. - which would be hard if you have to spend every evening all week studying in order to be able to take the weekends off, then disappear away home for the weekend.
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    Thank you for the quick feedback.

    I will be going to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, so there are plenty of stores in the city which I can potentially transfer to. Its certainly something I will seriously consider.

    On reflection, a transfer would probably the best outcome- I'd have greater flexibility with regards to the days/hours I work (i.e. not just weekends) and I have a greater opportunity to socialise. Thanks again for the advice!
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