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    (Original post by James1977)
    Brody - I'm also starting at DMU (Adult Nursing) in Jan 2012 and as I live in Nottingham will be commuting to Leicester everyday. Being 34, married and with a daughter my situation is a little different to yours but the principle is still very similar.

    One thing to bear in mind is that they say nursing students are unlike other students and perhaps there is an important reason for that, given just how much of the course you will be spending 'at work' on placements rather than in lectures and how much more full time the nursing diploma/degree is compared to many other qualifications.

    Something I have noticed with UofN nursing students is that quite often they will move into digs well away from non-nursing students in their 2nd and 3rd years in order to avoid the distractions that living within the general student populace brings.

    At the end of the day though its down to what you will be most comfortable with. You're not alone in your doubts (there is someone called 'Sophie' on here who is also starting Adult Nursing in Jan 2012 at DMU who is asking the same question) and only you can really make that decision.

    Something to bear in mind though is how you handled being at home during previous study. Have you recently done A-Level or Access to HE whilst living at home? How did you find it?

    Anyhoo, look forward to meeting you in Jan.
    no, no a-levels. I wanted a house so i got two jobs instead! ha ha!

    Just been working in care for 5 1/2 years. I'm planning to email someone for a reading list soon. Also two of my close relatives have just finished there Nursing degrees (one at DMU and one at keele) so im studying up on there stuff. I feel like im cheating a bit though

    i'm leaning away from halls cause i've just seen the price. Its rediculous!!!! i could get a flat for cheaper than that.

    hope to see you there!!!
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    (Original post by _brody_)

    i'm leaning away from halls cause i've just seen the price. Its rediculous!!!! i could get a flat for cheaper than that.

    hope to see you there!!!
    Yea they are quite pricey, but I think on balance halls are worth it for first year (well for me).

    En-suite Im looking at around £360 a month, and thats all bills inclusive, no daily transport/petrol costs for Uni, and some leniency with paying first lot of rent (University will be very accomadating for student finance screw-ups).

    Whereas with a flat, in Preston at least, it would end up on balance around the same if not more overall.

    There are some interesting accounts in this thread though, seems to be abit of chance involved aswell to having a good halls experience.
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    Hey Im currently debating on whether to go private or halls for first year at Uni...

    Has anyone else decided to choose one of the above and if so what reasons did you use?

    Im 24, sociable and like to have a good time, but certainly at Uni to work hard, work a couple part-time jobs and aim high - So Im abit worried at the thought of living in 'halls', where it can apparently get abit crazy, with young 18 year olds let loose for the first time in their life, all night parties and fire alarms going off at all times (exaggerating my point abit)

    Im no shrinking violet or anything, but Im wondering if private might be better...

    Would love to hear from anyone else who is/has decided on accommodation, or even better some mature students who have lived in halls?

    Im going to UCLan, and will be relocating from Bristol so no option to keep current flat.

    I'm in the same boat AidyD.

    I've been living away from the parental home for six years now, and have decided at 26 to go for a degree. Much like yourself, with a bit of life experience behind me I've decided that I'm going to uni to work hard, but I don't want to jump straight into private halls again and miss out on a lot of potential friendships and whathaveyou.

    I'm a little bit apprehensive about halls though, mainly due to the 8-10 year age gap, but also because I did the all-night drinking and staying up late and sleeping in all morning routine years ago; I'm (a little bit) more mature now! especially with jobs that I'll be bringing with me.

    I'm travelling to UCLan tomorrow for an applicant day on Wednesday, and will see the halls then. I've plenty of questions to ask, but hopefully if I request to be put with 'mature' first year students I wont miss out on anything.

    Did you decide on what you might do for accommodation, AidyD?
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    I wish i could use the "or" that you specified

    but i am going to both of the places you mentioned. PRIVATE HALLS
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    Did you decide on what you might do for accommodation, AidyD?
    Hey I actually just sent my application off an hour or so ago.. UCLan accomodation portal is up.

    Iv decided to go with halls, en-suite, and added in a note on my age - so all settled now just got to wait for confirmation.

    Apparently they will be asking me for £250 deposit soon so better start blagging friends and family...

    What are you going on to study at UClan?
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    I've a conditional offer for Sports Journalism. I completed the finance side of things this afternoon, just need to go visit, and decide if I like Preston/ the uni or not.

    I actually put on my UCAS form that I'd be renting privately, so I'll need to find out if that can be changed should I decide on going for halls.

    What are you coming up to study?
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    mature students should definitely do their homework on the different halls available - being stuck with a few boring mature students can suck even more than being in with a bunch of kids so one should be careful when opting for mature student residences..

    ..hope you get the place you're hoping for and are in with a good crew
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    I'm in the same boat. I'll be starting this year at age 23, but as far as I can remember I couldn't stand 18 year olds when I was 18 myself. The problem is, is that i want everything my way. I want things to be fun when i want them to be fun, and i want quiet when i want quiet. It seems mature students have to take a risk, and for some it will work out but for others it won't.
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    I'm going to dive in with the brats and bring my stick too!

    Wake me up and they shall pay with a poke to the ribs!







    I'm 26 btw 27 this sept.
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    Just read this thread. I'm in exactly the same situation and it is definitely a worry!

    I'm 23 and I've firmed Sheffield for September. Fortunately they actively try to place mature students with others of a similar age; in fact, that's one of the major reasons I was attracted to the uni in the first place

    Like others, I like being social: drinking, cooking a meal, going to bars and pubs etc., but I also like my own space. Even though the difference between 18 and 23 is only five years, there's no denying a lot of maturing takes place in this time! I think a lot of it is related to developing a sense of responsibility and respect for others.
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    Hey maybe we should set up a 'how to cope' thread and share our stories of dealing with vomit stained hallways, constant racket and shouting drunken teens.
    I expect it will be ok, overall in halls, will have its ups and downs but nothing to get massively stressed out by. Thats what Iv told myself anyway after checking in on this thread and making my decision.

    topleftandy - Im going off to do marketing and psychology joint honours at Uni, really looking forward to it. Let me know what you think of Preston and the Uni too?
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    Not sure if this will help, but we have a couple of mature students in our Halls and they all fit in fine and everything. Though I'm in one of the quieter Halls here at Glasgow (only about 200 students) so there aren't really noise issues or anything. Don't get me wrong, we know how to have fun, but everyone is quite considerate - no nightmare stories. Maybe go for something similar if your worried, smaller Halls?
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    (Original post by AidyD)
    topleftandy - Im going off to do marketing and psychology joint honours at Uni, really looking forward to it. Let me know what you think of Preston and the Uni too?
    well the Uni is really impressive; the admissions day was well worth attending (even though it's obviously set up to support nervous teenagers and their concerned parents). Although I didn't manage to see much of Preston (apart from around the campus areas) it seemed fine. The hot weather may have had something to do with that though!

    There are a few issues I'm probably going to have to talk to the accommodations people about at UCLan, but at the moment it looks as though I'm not going to be in halls, and that I will be renting privately, If I do end up in Preston.
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    I wimped out of going into halls and opted to find a room in a house near the Uni with other students! It works out at £70 a week including bills which is a lot cheaper! I guess I'm a little worried I won't meet as many people living in private housing though..
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    (Original post by topleftandy)
    There are a few issues I'm probably going to have to talk to the accommodations people about at UCLan, but at the moment it looks as though I'm not going to be in halls, and that I will be renting privately, If I do end up in Preston.
    What issues are they? Must be serious if it looks like its put you off halls? Saying that Im really going to struggle with this deposit they will want from me within the next few weeks, really cant afford it so I might end up going private myself
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    (Original post by AidyD)
    What issues are they? Must be serious if it looks like its put you off halls? Saying that Im really going to struggle with this deposit they will want from me within the next few weeks, really cant afford it so I might end up going private myself
    to be fair it isn't one major thing, more a case of smaller issues piling up on top of each other.

    Without wanting to get into too much unnecessary detail, I'd be in the unfortunate position of earning less money from working (that I'm able to continue when I'm at uni) should I move into halls.

    that's not even my biggest worry right now, I'm stuck at trying to decide what Uni to put as my firm choice!
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    I went in at 18 and couldn't stand the immaturity, make of that what you will.
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    I'm 21 and I was having a few concerns about living in halls (I'll be starting in September) but after thinking about it I decided it's really the type of people your with and not their age that's going to matter. When I was 19 I was living with people ranging from 18 years old up to 29 years old and we all got along really well. Now I'm 21 I'm currently living with 2 guys, one is 25, the other is 33, and we also get along really well. The only people I've ever lived with that I haven't gotten along with has been down to a personality clash and has had nothing to do with age.

    24 really isn't that much of an age gap, I wouldn't worry too much.
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    I'm 19 and will be 20/21 when i start university... i must say, i feel old before my time having dropped out of A Levels and working in a high pressure job in motorsport ever since.

    I don't know whether to go into halls to regain some of my youth, or just stay living at home - i'll be studying nursing so it's even more of a problem because i don't want lack of sleep etc to affect my work placements.

    I'm quite quiet but i really don't want to miss out on making friends and socialising, but i guess i like to socialise in a more adult way then most people my age... I'm wondering whether i should just live in halls to make the most of being young or if i would get too grumpy and fed up with it lol
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    (Original post by HandsomeBWonderful)
    I'm 19 and will be 20/21 when i start university... i must say, i feel old before my time having dropped out of A Levels and working in a high pressure job in motorsport ever since.

    I don't know whether to go into halls to regain some of my youth, or just stay living at home - i'll be studying nursing so it's even more of a problem because i don't want lack of sleep etc to affect my work placements.

    I'm quite quiet but i really don't want to miss out on making friends and socialising, but i guess i like to socialise in a more adult way then most people my age... I'm wondering whether i should just live in halls to make the most of being young or if i would get too grumpy and fed up with it lol
    I would say go for halls. The social aspect of living together is a major part of uni life, being surrounded by like-minded people. And the place that interaction happens most is not on campus or placement but at home in the residences.

    Lots of nurses in mine, including a 40-yr-old. So you're not quite over the hill yet
 
 
 
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