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    I'm probably (as in 99%) going ot at least for the first year.

    For a number of reasons- I don't think I'd cope with so many changes and would prob chicken out; also am sevrely Emetaphobic so don't want to live with others so close and share faclilities etc.

    Trouble is that I'm out of the running for Cambridge as they want to live close.

    But anyway; considering other unis- a reasonable commute form peterborough *unfortuantely not many good ones!*

    Anyone here choose to live at home? Why? How did you find it/finding it? What were the positives/negatives?
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    (Original post by notebook)
    I'm probably (as in 99%) going ot at least for the first year.

    For a number of reasons- I don't think I'd cope with so many changes and would prob chicken out; also am sevrely Emetaphobic so don't want to live with others so close and share faclilities etc.

    Trouble is that I'm out of the running for Cambridge as they want to live close.

    But anyway; considering other unis- a reasonable commute form peterborough *unfortuantely not many good ones!*

    Anyone here choose to live at home? Why? How did you find it/finding it? What were the positives/negatives?
    Its pretty much much what you'd expect really clearly there's less chance and opportunity to socialise. Last year I had friends but in the evenings I was going home while they were planning a party. I wasn't really close enough friends with them since they didn't invite me.
    Its really good for escaping from people though lol you can just go home every night and relax, also you don't have to pay all them pathetic debts off at the end of it. I'l only owe about £3, 500 max while some of them living in will owe £9 - 12,000.

    Thing is I didn't really force myself to make friends I was happy to just get the bus home but if you make the effort you can have the social life of people living in halls.
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    I am living at home for uni. Start my course in 3 weeks time.

    I chose to stay at home for various reasons including the cost of living away from home, minimal student loan amount etc.

    Funnily enough although I'm going to a smaller university when looking at all the choices for BA History - my course is one of the best ones I saw.

    With regards to socialising - I think its how much you want to get involved. Im planning on joining a couple of the soceties and sports clubs to become involved with the uni lifestyle.

    I really think uni whereever you are living is what YOU yourself make it.
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    I agree. I have already done one degree and lived at home doing it. I hardly made any friends and never did much in the evenings. Howver, I was not a member of any socieites and really made little effort.

    Im starting in September again and although I had a really tough decision over wether I shoudl stay in halls ir not I have decided for at least the first year not to. I'm really going to make the effort this time around and join loads of societies and just blag a place on someones sofa after a night out - lol!!

    If at the end of the first year i still feel I have not been able to socialise enough I will move out in the 2nd year. Theres nothing saying you have to move out in your first.
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    How far are either of you living away from your unis? Are you commuting?
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    I live about 20min away by car. But if I have to go on for a 9am lecture it will take me 40 mins in the traffic.
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    This site might be useful for finding unis close by
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    Living in the dorms or student housing is a once in a life time experience. If you don't do it, you'll regret it for the rest of your life. Everyone is a little scared and chicken at first but everyone I know wouldn't trade the experience for living at home.
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    Living in the dorms or student housing is a once in a life time experience. If you don't do it, you'll regret it for the rest of your life. Everyone is a little scared and chicken at first but everyone I know wouldn't trade the experience for living at home
    I agree it may be a once in a lifetime experience but it doesn't mean that everyone will regret not doing it. I know a lot of people who say they wouldn't change living at home for living in halls. I do agree that if someone feels they need to do it then they should get past the anxiety and do it but it doesn't mean its right for everyone.

    I'm staying at home for the first year but moving out in the second if I feel I haven't had the right experience.
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    Another thing to add; I read somewhere that 2/3's of students who do the 'traditional' student thing of halls and/or shared student accomdation return to live with their parents at the end of their degree because they can't affrod to do anything else.

    Part of my 'grand scheme' (ha ha!!) is to live with my aprents, possibile for all the time, possible for just some (as in years, not as in half a week!) and then I will be in a much better position than most to move into my own flat/accomdation at the end of my degree. The lack of a Uni around here also means that stundent jiobs have less ocmpetition than one would assume in uni cities....

    My idea of my own student lifestyle does not involve getting drunk or partying a great deal- I'm more of a 'quiet night in' or socialble meal/event kind of gal...so the 'place to rest your head in between leactures and parties' doesn't quiet apply: I do however intend to join the Christian union and hopefully the people and planet group (which I currently run at my school) so hope to meet people that way.
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    I'll be living at home too. I lived out during my first degree and loved it, but now that I'm starting a second degree I'm quite happy to be the commuting student. I don't live with my parents, though - I have a feeling that if I still did that, I would want to move out, even though I love them dearly... That's just me, though!

    I'm not thrilled about the commute (Surrey to London, at least an hour and a half door to door) but I did it for three years when I was working in London, so I know it's doable. I remain optimistic that having to catch a train home in the evenings won't stop me from making friends... Well, we'll see soon enough.

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    Im commuting about 12 miles.

    Will take about 40mins on the bus
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    This has got me worried. Say you live in London and get into a London uni, are you not allowed to then have student accomodation?
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    im staying at home for uni...well not home home but with family. does this majorly restrict ur social life cos i do wanna have one and get the most out of uni but im not a clubbing/drinking gal so i guess staying at home has its advantages...

    might move out in the second year tho...
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    (Original post by Sami C)
    This has got me worried. Say you live in London and get into a London uni, are you not allowed to then have student accomodation?
    It depends on the uni/college. I know that for example at Imperial and UCL you are guaranteed accommodation for your first year while at Queen Mary you are only guaranteed if you live outside the M25.

    Best thing is to check on the uni's websites
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    (Original post by shyopstv)
    It depends on the uni/college. I know that for example at Imperial and UCL you are guaranteed accommodation for your first year while at Queen Mary you are only guaranteed if you live outside the M25.

    Best thing is to check on the uni's websites
    ICL say that all who choose them as FIRM will be guarnteed accomodation!

    I was offered accomodation (live inside M25) but I'am living at home!

    u should check the conditions of the uni tho!

    some uni's give less priority for accomodation for students who live in relatively close proximity of the uni!

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    Living at home = Lots of money but commuting/social life are rubbish
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    Being an older student i had to stay at home, didn't think my nine year old would put up with all that noise and mess
    But i still intend to experience some of that student madness, thankfully i know the night life, bus routes, and expense of living in advance. If you have to stay home instead of being in halls you'll just have to learn how to become a dirrrrty stop out!!! :cool:
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    Im living at home and commuting (11 Mins on Train or 25 Mins on Bus) and i really cant wait.

    I am your clubbing/drinking student living at home. I intend to join up to quite afew Societies and sports groups, and i have no doubt about making alot of new mates and getting involved socially as much as i can. Because i am local, i know more about London than many people living on site- and thus can show them all the hot spots. I already know quite afew people going from my college to this Uni, aswell as other friends from around the way- this will obviously help no end.

    So i might miss out on spare-of-the-minute sessions.. but i will be there for all the organised events, and its not as if i dont have my own social life away from Uni!!

    Roll on the good times!!
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    I will also be commuting to Uni from home, I like living in London so I figured why move and cause myself more un-necessary expense. I can also be a tour guide for all the new arrivers to town. Plus, I love all my home comforts too much, I'd miss my Sky and Broadband (sad, I know). Besides, I get plenty of freedom at home, it's like I'm my mam's lodger, I don't really have any rules, meaning I'll be free to come and go as I pleae come Uni time.Bring on the parties and socialising. I'll be joining socities and clubs to make sure I'm involved. I don't live far away, so I won't be missing out too much.

    I personally can't wait to be able to soak in all the fun of Uni, whilst still being able to escape back to my own life when I'm tired or not in the mood to be social.
    I'm sure as long as I put in the effort, living at home will be an advantage for me, and I'll be able to afford a better standard of living.
 
 
 
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