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I'm going to university to start a Bsc in psychology next year (2014) and will be aged 25/26. I'm slightly concerned about the age difference but was wondering on a popular course like psychology, how many other mature students are there usually approximately?

Also, Id have the optino of staying in halls (which I hear can be difficult for someone dedicated to studying) or private accomodation.

I'd want to stay in the place I'd meet most people, make most new friends, but considering I'd be 25/26 Im not sure I'd fit in in the halls well - I'm not sure if there are many mature students that age that live in the halls. If there are, then great but I imagine 99% being 18 year olds, just wanting to party 24/7 and drink. Or maybe, is their an option for mature students to stay in halls with other mature students?

I'm looking forward to joining some of the societies at uni as well. I am a qualified surf instructor and would love to join one of the 'surf' societies, maybe a gym society, secular society and live music society (if there is one) too!

Anyway, I hope someone can answer my queries. My first choice of uni at the moment is the UWE in Bristol.
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I'm 19 and rarely party all night and drink, same as pretty much everyone I know. Sometimes my flatmates can be noisy when I want to study but they're fine if I ask them to be a bit quieter. Usually they just haven't realised how loud their music is, it's not like they're doing it on purpose. Halls are great for socialising, and you can usually ask for a quieter area on your application. Plus, some unis don't house mature students with younger ones. Some even have separate halls altogether for mature students.

You're best bet is to email the accommodation team at UWE and ask them.
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Similar boat for me though this year in that at 29 im going back to uni to take up medicine. While I now do the study without issue, I/we (flat mates) have never got over the student party spirit, so I’d happily be thrown in with the youth. I suspect that’s what happens when you live in student land, work in a uni and breathe the student life 24/7.

Fact is though I cant see me entering halls to live again, the parents of the youth would have a fit upon realising a 29yr old was living with their 18yr sons/daughters.
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I'll be almost 25 when I start uni in September. Am staying halls, I don't care if am older most. Am still young and know how to have a good time. Am really looking forward to making new friends and my course.


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Some universities will group Mature students together in halls if you ask for it
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i hope to go back to college next year as a mature student too (23yrs) i know my age isn't what people would say my age is one of a 'stereotypical' mature student but i can see where u are coming from.
i think once you make the effort with your roommates i think you should be ok, setting boundaries is the main thing. everyone likes to have a few drinks and party but doing it all the time is another thing, especially if it is affecting your study.
it shouldn't matter what age you are, it shouldn't stop you from mixing with other.. it can be daunting but you should not let your age inhibit you from making friends and mixing with others.

hope my advice was of some use
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I really wish people didn't call it mature, you sound like you're about 50.

Don't you want to party even if you're 23? You're not exactly too old to party.


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[QUOTE=RemiMarcelle;41558711]I really wish people didn't call it mature, you sound like you're about 50.

Don't you want to party even if you're 23? You're not exactly too old to party.

believe me I do but i'm just aware of how partying can disrupt people e.g. me when i studied before. all i'm saying is that everyone should respect their roommates, no one expects to be living in silence, but no one wants to live in a rave either. this is a topic that I was wondering about too and it's nice to see others looking into it.

really hope I get into college, i'm a late applicant and I fear I won't get called or be rejected by all my choices
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(Original post by silenceoflove)
I'm going to university to start a Bsc in psychology next year (2014) and will be aged 25/26. I'm slightly concerned about the age difference but was wondering on a popular course like psychology, how many other mature students are there usually approximately?

Also, Id have the optino of staying in halls (which I hear can be difficult for someone dedicated to studying) or private accomodation.

I'd want to stay in the place I'd meet most people, make most new friends, but considering I'd be 25/26 Im not sure I'd fit in in the halls well - I'm not sure if there are many mature students that age that live in the halls. If there are, then great but I imagine 99% being 18 year olds, just wanting to party 24/7 and drink. Or maybe, is their an option for mature students to stay in halls with other mature students?

I'm looking forward to joining some of the societies at uni as well. I am a qualified surf instructor and would love to join one of the 'surf' societies, maybe a gym society, secular society and live music society (if there is one) too!

Anyway, I hope someone can answer my queries. My first choice of uni at the moment is the UWE in Bristol.
In my honest opinion, I remember that when I lived in halls (despite not being mature) my flatmates did keep me awake, especially at the beginning of terms. They were generally nice people, and would turn it down when I asked them too, but when alcohol got the better of them I had people knocking on my door at 4/5am in the morning!! All right for them, but I had plenty 9am lectures which I wanted to attend with a decent amount of sleep. Not fun so I can understand your worries!

Your choices are:
  • Ask if halls put mature students together in a specific block etc
  • Try to find a facebook group perhaps for prospective students for that uni and see if you can meet some mature students who are willing to houseshare with you for 1st year. Perhaps not the best way to meet a lot of people very quickly, so perhaps joining a sports group or other society can help you get to know others.
  • Take a chance, and go into halls



good luck!
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(Original post by SilverstarDJ)
In my honest opinion, I remember that when I lived in halls (despite not being mature) my flatmates did keep me awake, especially at the beginning of terms. They were generally nice people, and would turn it down when I asked them too, but when alcohol got the better of them I had people knocking on my door at 4/5am in the morning!! All right for them, but I had plenty 9am lectures which I wanted to attend with a decent amount of sleep. Not fun so I can understand your worries!

Your choices are:
  • Ask if halls put mature students together in a specific block etc
  • Try to find a facebook group perhaps for prospective students for that uni and see if you can meet some mature students who are willing to houseshare with you for 1st year. Perhaps not the best way to meet a lot of people very quickly, so perhaps joining a sports group or other society can help you get to know others.
  • Take a chance, and go into halls



good luck!
Thankyou, this was very helpful.
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Stay in halls for the first year and make friends. Find a group u feel comfortable with and for second year get a house for u guys for a more quiet study time. Remember first year is important but it isn't exactly difficult u should be fine. Just have a good hard think.

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believe me I do but i'm just aware of how partying can disrupt people e.g. me when i studied before. all i'm saying is that everyone should respect their roommates, no one expects to be living in silence, but no one wants to live in a rave either. this is a topic that I was wondering about too and it's nice to see others looking into it.

really hope I get into college, i'm a late applicant and I fear I won't get called or be rejected by all my choices
Well good luck anyway

I'm thinking about doing psychology for A level, and joining societies if I ever do go to university.
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(Original post by RemiMarcelle)
Well good luck anyway

I'm thinking about doing psychology for A level, and joining societies if I ever do go to university.

thanks , same to you too i'll think about the societies etc if i hear anything
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Hey

I've got the same worry as u! Im 24 and going to be studying sociology with psychology at uwe. I think I will probably just brave it out in halls for the 1st year and join a society. But I will deffo ask before i apply for halls if they do put mature students together at all, worth a try!

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I posted in another thread about this a couple of days ago.


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I'm going to apply for halls for mature students, infact many Uni's have halls for the mature students/postgraduates. I'd do your research and ask the University you are hoping to go to what housing they do offer for mature students.
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I'll be 21 when I go to University next year but I don't think I'll worry about the age difference. I think judging by your character you would be better off going for a mature student only set of halls.
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(Original post by silenceoflove)
I'm going to university to start a Bsc in psychology next year (2014) and will be aged 25/26. I'm slightly concerned about the age difference but was wondering on a popular course like psychology, how many other mature students are there usually approximately?

Also, Id have the optino of staying in halls (which I hear can be difficult for someone dedicated to studying) or private accomodation.

I'd want to stay in the place I'd meet most people, make most new friends, but considering I'd be 25/26 Im not sure I'd fit in in the halls well - I'm not sure if there are many mature students that age that live in the halls. If there are, then great but I imagine 99% being 18 year olds, just wanting to party 24/7 and drink. Or maybe, is their an option for mature students to stay in halls with other mature students?

I'm looking forward to joining some of the societies at uni as well. I am a qualified surf instructor and would love to join one of the 'surf' societies, maybe a gym society, secular society and live music society (if there is one) too!

Anyway, I hope someone can answer my queries. My first choice of uni at the moment is the UWE in Bristol.
Go in the normal halls. You will find plenty of other 25 year olds there.
'Mature Halls' are generally full of masters and PHD students and you won't have the same student experience.
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Anyone staying in Newcaste?

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