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    I'm doing an art foundation course next year in London which is about an hour and 20min train journey away. My parents are willing to let me do whatever so now I'm left to decide whether to commute as I only have to attend school 3 days a week, or just move to a uni hall. If I was to move out I will meet more people and just experience the city as well as an adult life. If I stay, instead my parents are willing to buy me my first car and I will just have a comfortable year being provided with everything. I'm usually very independent and since I don't get along with my parents I thought this would be an easy decision but the thought of never coming back home scares me. I don't know what to do. Could an extra year of London be worth giving up a year of settled life at home?
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    I've just completed a foundation course living about an hour away from my uni, so I think I can help with this... a bit, anyway!

    Living at home can be really nice, as while your friends complain about homesickness, rank student food or money-troubles, you get to sleep in your own bed and eat home-cooked food.... However...

    I feel a bit alienated from the friends I've made this year, however ace they are, as I'm just out of the loop by living in the suburbs. Because I live far away, I can't just "go out"- I have to plan nights in advance so I know I've got somewhere to crash or know whether it's worth missing the last train. People who live in halls or in accommodation are closer to the centre of town and seem to be able to just socialise with less effort..! This is something that has REALLY affected me in particular and made me feel really uncomfortable and unhappy about going out, which... sucks.

    This is just one side of it- there's loads of other things to consider and you do save a lot of money by staying at home (and it's nice to be provided for). But do consider that being at home 4 days a week might drive you mad... I get on well with my parents, but me and my dad have resorted to growling at each other most of the time...

    This is a really badly structured post, but it's just some of the stuff I've experienced during my foundation..! My foundation year was absolutely amazing, though, so I hope yours is the same!!
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    Ah Thank you so much, you picked out the things I was worried about because I don't want to miss out on anything whilst developing a grudge against my parents. I think where most people say foundation years were the best time of their lives I'm leaning towards moving out abit more, so I can make the most of it. But I don't know.. Thanks for your input though, very helpful!
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    I can confirm that the foundation year is incredible...!
 
 
 
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