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    Hi,

    I suppose I am classed as a mature student at 29 but I still feel like a kid at heart.

    I need some advice on what to do for the second year of my degree. For the first year I have been studying at my local college which has been ok but I feel that I am missing the other parts of Uni life. I am officially classed as a student of Sunderland even though I study through an affiliate college. The group last year was of a mixed age range from 19-35 and I found my self mixing very well.

    What I would like to know is what are other peoples opinions on me:

    A) Moving to Sunderland
    B) Staying at my Local College

    I know its a bit late in the day but there is still accommodation on offer for me to move into halls.
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    i think you should stay at your local college but move into halls
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    Hi,

    The problem with this is that I would be no better off as the college is only six miles from home. The halls there are very small and mostly full of international students, no disrespect but I dont speak Chinese!

    Anyone else have any opinions on this?
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    Surely I am not the only 'mature' student in these forums? Has anyone else had experience of uni life over the age of 25-30?
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    (Original post by redstripe1uk)
    Surely I am not the only 'mature' student in these forums? Has anyone else had experience of uni life over the age of 25-30?
    I am 25 and I start in 2 weeks time, moving into halls so give me a month then I can tell you of my experiences
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    Yeh would be good to know, thanks.

    I have been accepted as a student of Sunderland but just cannot seem to balance the pro's and con's of moving there or staying at home (local college). I suppose it would be easier if I was starting my first year but I am going into my second year of computer applications. Could make it more difficult at 29 as a lot of people will already know each other from last year. I really have to make a decision soon though!

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    Hi, I'm 26 and just starting my second year at uni. I lived in halls last year (and this year, one of the advantages of maturity lol) and it was an interesting experience . I was lucky in that my uni has what was called 'mature' accommodation, which was one of the factors that helped me make my decision to move into halls.

    It was nice to live with people of a similar age in a university environment, and I really enjoy the benefits of living 'on campus' - easy access to the library etc, the chance to socialise. However, it hasn't been easy - I ended up being the only undergraduate in my flat of ten, and one of only two UK students (not that that was a problem - it's just that international students tend to have a lot of events organised for them so they tend to become a close social group). That was hard - not having anyone in a similar academic situation to talk to, and knowing that all of the friends I became closest to would be leaving at the end of the year. Also, as a mature student you might find that there isn't much for you to do socially on campus, so you really have to work at doing things yourself, and building your own social circle.

    I'm not trying to put you off halls - in many ways it has been a fantastic experience and I'm going back this year so it can't be all bad! You need to do your homework before you commit though, as I know I would have found it hard to live with 18yr olds! There are benefits and problems, so you really have to think about what you want from uni before you decide to move into halls.
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    Hi,

    Many thanks for sharing your views from previous experience.

    You make some very interesting points that will help me with my decision. From doing quite a bit of reading around I am finding that the majority of students are either 18-20 or 40+. When I think about it, this should be expected really. From doing the first year at my local college I know that my group is a mixed age range from 19-40 and we all get along very well. I threw a bbq during the summer, just for the students on my course, everyone attended and had a really good evening despite the age differences. The problem is that we all live so far apart and some of the group have children and other commitments which places a great restriction on any form of sociallising. I thoroughly enjoy the content of my course and obviously graduating is my main priority but I can't help asking myself, if I don't go am I going to miss out on something?

    I think the worse thing that could happen is that I end up paying out for accomodation fees (over £2000 is a lot to gamble), finding out there will be no students around my age that will still be up for mantaining a good social life whilst completing their degree and then me failing because I should have stayed at home.

    You comments on things to do around campus for mature students seem to indicate that I would probably not gain anything by moving to the University but I would like to hear if anybody else has had any different experiences, either from the younger students who have made friends with us oldies or vice versa.

    Thanks,

    Chris
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    I'm 26 and just about to start 2nd year, like Paeony above, but I didn't go into mature accommodation, just went into normal halls. I don't think age is an issue unless you make it an issue and I figured I'd prefer to be living and socialising with the people I was going to be at uni with for the next few years (I'm not a poster child for maturity mind you). There can be some negatives to living in halls I guess, and I won't miss it this year, but I'm very glad I spent first year there.
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    to be honest i dont think your age really matters, it depends on if you the kind of person that could live in halls you sed in one of ur posts that you still feel like a kid at heart, well i wud say that wud make you just about right for uni accomodation, altho if you do end up wi international students it might be a bit hard. esp if you dont know anyone else in the halls, but theres always ways of getting to know other students, parties etc.

    an i wudnt worry about being older than the other students, i had it completely the other way round cos im one of the youngest doin my course, and i reckon that older students are ace, they well look after us babies wi out being old

    but i reckon that if your happy doing your course at the college as opposed to the uni then you wud be better staying there cos you know it better and it seems a bit pointless to uproot yourself from what you know
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    Many thanks for your comments qwerty, unfortunately it seems as though my decision has been made for me. My tutor at the local college rang Sunderland for me and oddly they don't do the course I am studying full time at the University itself, even though all the material comes from there.

    The only other option was to either change course for years 2/3 or move to another university, which at this stage I think would not be a very sensible decision. We are going on a trip to Sunderland during freshers week though so I guess I will just have to do a years worth of Uni partying in two days to make up for it!

    Chris :rolleyes:
 
 
 
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