Not feasible. Not if you're serious about study anyway.
That's true, but it's still nowhere near as bad as some people think.
notice how you haven't had a single positive response here yet, in favour of commuting. i was going to comment on the fact that you say you would be able to keep a part-time job, but frankly the only free time you would have is the weekends and by the then you would probably be shattered! i realise this has already been commented on, as has the fact that you assume you will be in for only 3 days but the likelihood is you have 1 hour on one, 5 hrs on another, and that would be a damn expensive lecture. if you're serious about commuting, really seriously think this through. try and find some people who have commuted themselves for uni and see what they think.
i dont think its a good idea. you also run the risk of missing lectures due to the bad transport!
Or if you're really into this whole "commuting" idea, you could always, you know, go to a university less than three hours away from you...
I would strongly recommend against it. If you have a day like 9 am lecture and 3 pm seminar, you will be spending so much time just hanging around. I bet your thinking right now is that you will do work on the train, but it isn't always possible. Also, trains can get very crowded, cancelled and whatnot.
Try to get a room in a flatshare and eat healthy. That should keep your costs low. If you don't care about the uni experience, then you won't have to go out that often either.
And, you probably won't be able to work p/t anymore, because you may end up spending 18 hours or more on the train. In that case you could nearly get a f/t job at uni!
Also, you can't just pop into the library if needed.
If you are going to commute make sure that your uni has a good communication system set up. I know someone who commuted 2 hours in each direction. Quite frequently lecture times got changed and on several occasions cancelled altogether. She travelled 2 hours there only to find a piece of paper stuck to the door to say that the lecture was cancelled or re-scheduled for another time. She only came in a few days a week and then only for a few hours. She didn't really make any good friends and seemed quite isolated and a bit lonely. I felt sorry for her.
Stay at uni for the first year so that you get a chance to meet people and make friends. If after the first year you don't rate university life particularly, then try out commuting to save money. Also the numbers of lectures often goes down for second and third years.
Goodness me, that is a long way isnt it!
I am commutting this year first year at uni, first year commutting,i have never done it before, quiet scared to be honest, however i cant afford to live in, as it would cost me 2-3000 a year whereas by commutting it is going to cost me 357 because of a special card you can buy in south yorkshire that means i pay the 357 and get travel on all buses trains and trams free.
Are you serious!? Thats a ridiculous distance to commute. If you go to uni, youll have debt... fact.
Look, you'll send more on petrol or transport in that ridiculous commute than you will on accommodation if you do this. I think you're mad to even consider it.
Also with sucha commute i don't think you'll be able to have a socail life at home, OR at uni.
I think you need tod ecide if uni is for you. if not, do something at home. if yes take the plunge like everyone else. This half-way measure is not practical in the slightest,
I think that students commuting a short distance isn't too bad, but 3 hours is a long way to commute, and I would recommend against it.
That is just... silly! Have you looked at train fares? Try qjump.co.uk or thetrainline.com.
When I was at college, I had 16 hours a week of classes but they were so spread out that I had to go in every day. You might end up having a 6 hour round trip for one hour at uni. And in peak time you won't get a seat so don't have any misty eyed visions of being able to sit with your laptop and do essays.
I know debt is really scary, but maybe you could see a financial advisor at uni? You can live cheaply, and if you work part time you can keep debts to a minimum. (The student loans are an incredibly low rate and repayments start at £7 a month when you earn 15k).
like ladyportacabin said, you may end up making a 6hr round trip for an hour long lecture - imagine how annoyed you would feel if you turned up to this lecture after a long 3 hr train journey and the lecture was a bit of a waste or u didn't find it very helpful/interesting, then had to make the 3 hr journey home. I think you'd find it a rather large hassle!