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Is it a good idea to take a tv to uni with you?

I've had advice not to, it means that you stay in more and not socialise as much as you would if you had to! (ie with no tv!!) Also most places require that you have a TV licence 100 quid a year (ish?) and it means you probably wont have much as an incentive to do work. It will be awkward to take home if you have to vacate at xmas and easter.

But - its good to keep up with eastenders and its familiar if you feel homesick!

I was just wondering if anybody else was going to take a TV - trivial question i know !
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get a tv card for your computer.

much cheaper (£30ish), nothing extra to carry around, and no need for a tv licence as you'll never get caught.
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get a tv card for your computer.

much cheaper (£30ish), nothing extra to carry around, and no need for a tv licence as you'll never get caught.

Ooo that's really clever! Where can i get one?
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That's quite a good idea. Cheers!
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Ooo that's really clever! Where can i get one?
Well, any computer shop, or an online retailer like Dabs. You might be best advised, though, to go to a computer shop that has a lab/repair facility attached - not because putting it in is a problem, really, just that it involves opening up the computer and slotting it in, and many people find it less stressful to let someone experienced do it for them.
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get a tv card for your computer.

much cheaper (£30ish), nothing extra to carry around, and no need for a tv licence as you'll never get caught.
I never though of that. Im sure you can get them from computer shops.(d'oh)
BUT THAT ISNT MY POINT! Is TV at UNI a bad combo! a better idea not to do the tv marathon and do work.
Ive had access to y own Tv for all 18 years of my life! im not sure how i'd cope without 1! I am more of a Music person tho. I have spent uch of my hard ent wages over the years on a MINT sound system, wkd speakers, and a seperates system, im sure gonna miss it. Its a big big to take to Uni. im considering buying a mini stearo system.

DO many people do that or just make do with a cd walkman?!!
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Well, any computer shop, or an online retailer like Dabs. You might be best advised, though, to go to a computer shop that has a lab/repair facility attached - not because putting it in is a problem, really, just that it involves opening up the computer and slotting it in, and many people find it less stressful to let someone experienced do it for them.

Hehe, I think i'd find it a lil stressful...thanks!
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I never though of that. Im sure you can get them from computer shops.(d'oh)
BUT THAT ISNT MY POINT! Is TV at UNI a bad combo! a better idea not to do the tv marathon and do work.
Ive had access to y own Tv for all 18 years of my life! im not sure how i'd cope without 1! I am more of a Music person tho. I have spent uch of my hard ent wages over the years on a MINT sound system, wkd speakers, and a seperates system, im sure gonna miss it. Its a big big to take to Uni. im considering buying a mini stearo system.

DO many people do that or just make do with a cd walkman?!!
I've always worked with a TV on at home and I haven't taken one to uni, so now I just work with music on. Some people like the background noise. When I do want to watch something I go down to the college TV room (just downstairs) and be more sociable about it.
I know some people who bring their seperates system to uni, though I only have a Denon UD-M50 system, so it's a lot smaller. A lot of people make do with their computer/cd walkman and crap speakers.... I couldn't stand it after a term of trying and so bought the Denon.

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I've always worked with a TV on at home and I haven't taken one to uni, so now I just work with music on. Some people like the background noise.
I get enough background noise from my next door neighbour (a choral scholar) singing, without my own music. I don't generally have much background noise on, and I've survived perfectly fine without a TV. Ladyluck - I wouldn't recommend having a TV, you survive perfectly well without it. I have a DVD player in my computer and we watch films sometimes, but that's about it. Plus it is the law to get a TV license, so you'd have to pay for that as well. They keep sending me threatening letters even though I don't have a TV!
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They keep sending me threatening letters even though I don't have a TV!
Oh yeah, those were hilarious, I didn't get one this year

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Yeh, personally after living in boarding schools for 6 years, I've just gotten used to a life without TV. It took a while, but now I watch less than 1 hour of TV a month! Sounds so abnormal, but it's probably through conditioning.

I desperately need a computer with an internet connection though, because you can do so much more.
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A friend at Plymouth told me about those letters. He said one of them had the threat: "Don't want to pay for a TV license? Fine.*

*of £1000 if we catch you with a TV."

Great stuff.
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A friend at Plymouth told me about those letters. He said one of them had the threat: "Don't want to pay for a TV license? Fine.*

*of £1000 if we catch you with a TV."

Great stuff.
That's so cute. Muahaha. I crack up so easily.
BTW, hi again fishpaste!
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Yeh, personally after living in boarding schools for 6 years, I've just gotten used to a life without TV. It took a while, but now I watch less than 1 hour of TV a month! Sounds so abnormal, but it's probably through conditioning.

I desperately need a computer with an internet connection though, because you can do so much more.
living proof - No tv = Fab grades! probably due to natural intellegence as well, but every theory is flawed in some way
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That's so cute. Muahaha. I crack up so easily.
BTW, hi again fishpaste!
Heya

how are you?

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This thread has made me decide to leave the TV behind, if I'm a few months in and for some reason yearning for a dose of terrestrial TV, I'll buy a USB TV thing for my laptop.
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get a tv card for your computer.

much cheaper (£30ish), nothing extra to carry around, and no need for a tv licence as you'll never get caught.
Er, what makes you think you will never get caught? TV cards are treated in exactly the same way as normal TVs tot the licencing people. TV detector vans detect them in the same way and your details will be taken down when you buy one and put on the database. So there really is no difference.

However it's unlikely you will get caught anyway and even if the leicence people do call yuo should be able to avoid a fine.
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Is it a good idea to take a tv to uni with you?

I've had advice not to, it means that you stay in more and not socialise as much as you would if you had to! (ie with no tv!!) Also most places require that you have a TV licence 100 quid a year (ish?) and it means you probably wont have much as an incentive to do work. It will be awkward to take home if you have to vacate at xmas and easter.

But - its good to keep up with eastenders and its familiar if you feel homesick!

I was just wondering if anybody else was going to take a TV - trivial question i know !

Ok, heres my advice. Yeah if you watch a lot of TV take it the first term - if you want to do a lot of socialising you can just unplug it and go down the bar or if you feel like watching a couple of soaps you can - its better to have a choice than wishing you could watch TV when yours is at home.

Remember - if yoy take your TV to uni and never watch it you dont need a licence!

However your decision will probably be affected by a few other things. Will you have to cart is back and forth every term? Is there space for it in your room? is there a TV room at your uni? etc.

On another note if you have a big expensive tv it may be a good way to make new friends during freshers week

At Essex 16 of us in one flat share a TV, PS2 and gamecube though many people have TV's in their individual rooms. I wouldnt worry about it impacting on your studies or socilsig that much, just be careful you don't stay in your room all freshers week.
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A friend at Plymouth told me about those letters. He said one of them had the threat: "Don't want to pay for a TV license? Fine.*

*of £1000 if we catch you with a TV."

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Yeah, I got that one. I wasn't impressed. I sent them a snotty letter back, telling them to leave me alone, but they haven't.
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Er, what makes you think you will never get caught? TV cards are treated in exactly the same way as normal TVs tot the licencing people. TV detector vans detect them in the same way and your details will be taken down when you buy one and put on the database. So there really is no difference.
Heh, just put it in your parent's name.
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My sister went to uni with no TV, she ended up buying one with her overdraft, she was doing medicine & had to watch anatomy videos.
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