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    Im going to university in Birmingham in september, my course it only 13 hours a week which is about 2days. My family live in Manchester which is about an hour on the train.

    I have the choice to get accomodation in birmingham which is about 450 a month, or live in manchester with family (rent free) and travel down to birmingham 2days a week for my uni course which is about £20 return ticket with my rail card.

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    Remember, you'll get more loan if you live away from home.

    Do you know for certain that the course is spread out over 2 days? I had 12 hours contact for my first year and it was over 3 days.
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    Even if it was 3 days i would still be saving money doing the train journey rather than paying for the monthly accomodation in birmingham?
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    Would you still need to go onto campus (for the library, resources, stuff) other days in the week? This might be a reason to use accommodation?


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    (Original post by pinksugar)
    Would you still need to go onto campus (for the library, resources, stuff) other days in the week? This might be a reason to use accommodation?


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    Seconded. There might also be the problem of you not being able to take part in certain things due to living away from campus.
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    Move into student accommodation. You will get sick of travelling, it will make you tired, and you won't be able to nip to campus for some books or to meet with friends. Also, by staying at home you will miss out on so much and it will be much harder to make friends. Don't worry about saving money, money comes and goes, but you probably will never have the chance to socialise and have fun as much as you would in uni accommodation!
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    I would say for at least the first year move into university accommodation. I think it be a great experience, it should be affordableish with the loan anyway and you have some good advantages. Even if you had lectures 2-3 days a week, how can you be sure that tutorials wouldn't be on the other days. They are generally very important for your understanding and developing what you have learnt in the lectures. If you joined societies, how would you go out on social events without constantly travelling. I think you may miss detain societies/ night out/ trip if you lived so far out or even if your friends at uni organised an event. I think after the first year, you would have a better idea whether you feel commuting right for you or not imo.
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    Hi there, I think you should go at where you feel comfortable. If your class is just 2 days you can live with your family, but if you also wanted to experience being independent you can also rent.
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    In my first year, there was at least student I lived with who had a seminar for one hour on one day. You may find the same. I was lucky that I was either in for at least 2 hours with a 1 hour break, or wasn't in at all.
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    I'll be commuting to uni every day in September, to save money. It really does depend on if you can cope with travelling to and from uni nearly every day and if you won't mind missing out a bit on the student experience. Personally, it doesn't bother me but you should think about what you'd prefer.
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    Everyone reckons they can cope without the 'uni experience' until they actually witness what they are missing.


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    Well i travel one hour to sixform 4times a week anyway and thats fine, i dont mind the travelling.. im literally all about saving money! I just dont want to spend 500 plus on accomodation if i can save that and still get my university degree
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    (Original post by WallisMamicita)
    Well i travel one hour to sixform 4times a week anyway and thats fine, i dont mind the travelling.. im literally all about saving money! I just dont want to spend 500 plus on accomodation if i can save that and still get my university degree
    I think you've answered your question (:


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    Haha true, thankyou everyone
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    (Original post by WallisMamicita)
    Well i travel one hour to sixform 4times a week anyway and thats fine, i dont mind the travelling.. im literally all about saving money! I just dont want to spend 500 plus on accomodation if i can save that and still get my university degree
    If you look around or wait until September you will be able to find some great accommodation deals. I payed £110 last year but am only paying £50 now because i waited until September as the private accommodations are never fully booked.

    Essentially you need to calculate how much rent you will pay your parents and find out how much less of a loan you will get and calculate the cost of transport.
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    (Original post by myusername.)
    I'll be commuting to uni every day in September, to save money. It really does depend on if you can cope with travelling to and from uni nearly every day and if you won't mind missing out a bit on the student experience. Personally, it doesn't bother me but you should think about what you'd prefer.
    Im almost finished my first year of uni and I've been commuting the whole time and will continue to next year.

    I have a great group of friends and I've never felt "left out". Personally I don't enjoy going to clubs etc so it doesn't bother me to be traveling home every night and actually about 50% of my course are commuters as well.

    For the first month or so it is really tiring! You get used to it though. For a nine o'clock lecture I need to be up at half 5 and sometimes don't get home until nearly ten o'clock at night. But if you do choose to commute don't worry your body learns your routine and it won't be tiring anymore!

    Good luck with the decision ^_^

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