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    You could apply for leave of absence and start your course again next year, though don't know how much detail you'd have to give your university/whether they'd accept the reasons you've stated here, but probably will if you tell them how unhappy you are.

    Financially, if you drop out in year one, student finance will still support you for the full length of your new course. It's when you drop out *after* year one that it becomes more problematic. You may also have to pay back a percentage of any grants/bursaries that you have received so far.

    However, I assume that, as you are living in private accommodation, you have signed a contract- and that will likely be close to impossible to get out of, and you may need to find a replacement (which, given we're so far into the year now, will probably be very difficult), and student finance will *not* continue to support you this year if you drop out/take leave of absence, so you'd have to find a way to pay rent etc.

    And, like others have said, halls really are nowhere near as amazing as some people make them out to be.
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    Can you not move onto halls as/when places become available? I know that's something they offer here. Unless, I guess, you've signed a contract on your current place?

    I think you should talk to lots of people and decide what the right thing to do is. There's probably the option of taking a year out, I got told I could defer entry a year even after I'd started. You can definitely reapply through Ucas, with definite grades. Do you know if you want to do a different course or if you're happy with the one you're doing?
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    (Original post by `Graham`)
    You could apply for leave of absence and start your course again next year, though don't know how much detail you'd have to give your university/whether they'd accept the reasons you've stated here, but probably will if you tell them how unhappy you are.

    Financially, if you drop out in year one, student finance will still support you for the full length of your new course. It's when you drop out *after* year one that it becomes more problematic. You may also have to pay back a percentage of any grants/bursaries that you have received so far.

    However, I assume that, as you are living in private accommodation, you have signed a contract- and that will likely be close to impossible to get out of, and you may need to find a replacement (which, given we're so far into the year now, will probably be very difficult), and student finance will *not* continue to support you this year if you drop out/take leave of absence, so you'd have to find a way to pay rent etc.

    And, like others have said, halls really are nowhere near as amazing as some people make them out to be.
    If you are in halls and you quit once the term has finished, do you know exactly financially what would happen?
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    (Original post by Potiron)
    Can you not move onto halls as/when places become available? I know that's something they offer here. Unless, I guess, you've signed a contract on your current place?

    I think you should talk to lots of people and decide what the right thing to do is. There's probably the option of taking a year out, I got told I could defer entry a year even after I'd started. You can definitely reapply through Ucas, with definite grades. Do you know if you want to do a different course or if you're happy with the one you're doing?
    I don't think I'm tied down to this house, I only pay the rent monthly. But the rest of the house would have to find someone to replace me presumably. I'm on the 'waiting list' for campus accommodation but I haven't heard anything, and considering a ridiculous number of people are off-campus, I doubt I will (although a lot of them have signed a year long contract in Liberty Living accommodation).

    I'm definitely happy with my course, I'm just worried my grades aren't good enough for next year.
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    (Original post by SPMS)
    If you are in halls and you quit once the term has finished, do you know exactly financially what would happen?
    If you are in university owned halls, then they would likely release you from your contract (I know that they do here in Sheffield). You'd have to speak with the university to be completely certain of course.

    If you are in private halls, such as Opal/Unite and so on, then I think it would be very unlikely that they would release you from your contract, and thus you would have to pay for the full year (or find somebody to replace you). You can always ask, but they'd probably make you pay still.

    If you dropped out now, in December, you'd have to pay (quite a small, as the semester is coming to an end) portion of any GRANT you have received, back to the loan company. As far as I am aware, any LOAN received so far would not have to be repaid (as it is a loan after all, and you'll be paying it back eventually anyway).

    You, of course, would not receive any more payments for the rest of the year either though. However, SLC does have flexibility in this; if you had exceptional circumstances, then they may continue to fund you even after dropping out/taking leave of absence.
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    (Original post by missaphrodite)
    I don't think I'm tied down to this house, I only pay the rent monthly. But the rest of the house would have to find someone to replace me presumably. I'm on the 'waiting list' for campus accommodation but I haven't heard anything, and considering a ridiculous number of people are off-campus, I doubt I will (although a lot of them have signed a year long contract in Liberty Living accommodation).

    I'm definitely happy with my course, I'm just worried my grades aren't good enough for next year.
    If you like your course and you don't have a problem with Warwick per se then it seems like the ideal thing would be to take a year out and start again; I know my uni lets you do that if you haven't already had a gap yah etc, I imagine that's fairly common practice. My understanding is that you get loans for tuition fees for all the years of your course plus one to screw up, so that should be fine, I don't know about grants/maintanence loans because I can't remember what the lady told me right now.

    Is there a student life/student advice centre? They're probably your best bet (obviously in the morning time).
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    You can make friends anywhere, the reason a lot of people are "best friendsssssss forever!!1!!!1!!One!1" when they're in halls is because they cling to the nearest people in a frenzy of scared ****lessness at being at university.

    You are happy with your course, you are happy with your university, so I'm not going to sugar coat it, it is absolutely ridiculous to start again to go until halls, and I can't believe people here are suggesting it.

    By all means find a flat or house near the university, or even try to get campus accommodation for next year, but for the love of God, I am asking you in the name of reason to not drop out for the sake of going into halls which aren't even all that!
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    (Original post by Cicerao)
    You can make friends anywhere, the reason a lot of people are "best friendsssssss forever!!1!!!1!!One!1" when they're in halls is because they cling to the nearest people in a frenzy of scared ****lessness at being at university.

    You are happy with your course, you are happy with your university, so I'm not going to sugar coat it, it is absolutely ridiculous to start again to go until halls, and I can't believe people here are suggesting it.

    By all means find a flat or house near the university, or even try to get campus accommodation for next year, but for the love of God, I am asking you in the name of reason to not drop out for the sake of going into halls which aren't even all that!
    I guess it pretty much is like that! "H block is the place to be" blah blah. It's seriously cliquey. I'd grin and bear it if it wasn't for the fact everyone plans to stick together for the next 2 years as well. I just thought people would be more flexible and more likely to want to live with people on the same course, but apparently not. I felt left out of the cliques at school and it's like that all over again, when I thought I'd finally have a massive group of girl friends to do things with. Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of friends at uni, but they're all scattered about, and all go out with their flatmates. The only time I get to see most of them is during lectures. I get along well enough with my housemates but not great because we don't have a lot in common.
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    mmmm...arrange a night out with your scattered friends and introduce them to each other? It's early days yet. At least you have friends Just take a handful of them down to a bar/cinema/shopping/football whatever you like to do, force them to like it too.

    Thing about dropping out and starting again is you'll lose your scattered friends. And you have to find something else to do for the next 10 months. And you take on another £3k+ of debt. It's a lot of hassle really, especially if you like your course. But then, if you think it'll make you happy, it might be worth it.

    Talk to your parents and to your friends and to student advisors and tutors and anyone you feel comfortable talking to and hammer out what you want to do.
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    (Original post by missaphrodite)
    I guess it pretty much is like that! "H block is the place to be" blah blah. It's seriously cliquey. I'd grin and bear it if it wasn't for the fact everyone plans to stick together for the next 2 years as well. I just thought people would be more flexible and more likely to want to live with people on the same course, but apparently not. I felt left out of the cliques at school and it's like that all over again, when I thought I'd finally have a massive group of girl friends to do things with. Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of friends at uni, but they're all scattered about, and all go out with their flatmates. The only time I get to see most of them is during lectures. I get along well enough with my housemates but not great because we don't have a lot in common.
    Well, you know why that is, don't you? The more people join a clique the harder it gets for everyone else. So you can try to be in a clique if you want, but I (just personally!) think it is better to have friends that you know are your friends because you like each other a lot, rather than just because they happen to have been placed to live with you. Joining the clique is just perpetuating the formation of cliques (obviously.)

    If you must have a big group of people to go out with, you could always go out with the people in your friends' flats, couldn't you? Or just meet up with your friends, I'm sure they aren't exclusively only willing to go out with their flatmates. Maybe they only go out with them at the moment because nobody asks them/they assume you don't want to hang out with them, and hanging with their flatmates is the default option.
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    The 'If only...I would be happy' mindset.

    Better to like your course but feel socially unsettled (for now) than the other way round. Give it time, people will mature and branch out with their friendship groups and not be so 'cliquey'. No, they won't still be exclusive friends with their immediate next door hallmates by graduation day. Also, obvious suggestion but how about societies and things like drama or sports clubs etc.? At my uni, they socialise very regularly and go for big nights out if that's what you want. It's no myth that you can make very good friends through societies.

    If you can get into halls this year, brilliant. If not, I really really wouldn't drop out for this reason. Optimism is nice but I'm going to say that things could just turn out a lot worse next time round and you'll kick yourself.
 
 
 
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