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    Hey! I have received an offer from Royal Holloway to study psychology next year. Out of all the uni's I have visited, the warm friendly atmosphere and pretty grounds made it by far my favourite. Plus the psychology department looks amazing. However, I am planning on commuting and since I live just outside Reading, the journey there will probably take around 1 hour 45 mins. I am worried that I would feel left out and having a long way to travel may restrict my social life? I was wondering if commuters (or just RHUL students) could tell me how they feel about travelling from home/whether they think I should put it as my firm or instead choose southampton (easier to get to and also good for psychology)
    also how many days a week do you have to be at uni in lectures for?
    Thank you
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    (Original post by Laura9513)
    Hey! I have received an offer from Royal Holloway to study psychology next year. Out of all the uni's I have visited, the warm friendly atmosphere and pretty grounds made it by far my favourite. Plus the psychology department looks amazing. However, I am planning on commuting and since I live just outside Reading, the journey there will probably take around 1 hour 45 mins. I am worried that I would feel left out and having a long way to travel may restrict my social life? I was wondering if commuters (or just RHUL students) could tell me how they feel about travelling from home/whether they think I should put it as my firm or instead choose southampton (easier to get to and also good for psychology)
    also how many days a week do you have to be at uni in lectures for?
    Thank you
    I wouldn't want to commute that distance personally but I know others who have commuted (usually from the London area, so a bit closer) and on the whole they seem happy. They do seem to rely more on home friends than on uni friends though, so if you commute it will be difficult for you to immerse wholly in life at Royal Holloway. However, most students are very friendly so you'll certainly make some friends if you put the effort in, just perhaps not to the extent that those who are able to make friends through a sport, a society, and so on are.

    Lectures in the psychology department tend to be quite spread out, so you'll probably have to be in for three to four days a week (possibly 5 depending on when your PA meetings are). This goes down to 2 to 3 days in third year.
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    I drive a taxi in Egham, we have some regular work from students arriving to Egham station that don't stay at the uni but commute 2 to 3 times a week from London,that is a 44minutes trip from Waterloo or less depending what part of London, then from Reading station to Egham is 41 minutes or if you are further away will be more. For what the students that commute tells me if you have to come less then 3 times a week is OK, but more then that is a no no. Hope this helps you.


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    I am planning to commute for around an hour drive as well to holloway!
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    I know many people who commute and I used to be one of them! I think it is safe to say they all hate it! Trains are always running late or have issues; it's always a select few coming late to lectures and we all know its the trains fault. However, the bus service the college offers (to and from Egham station) is pathetic to say the least. It is scheduled to arrive so you just miss the trains by a few minutes. I guess in their books they'd say your early for the next one but considering Egham station is like a desert and has limited seating, it's pretty stupid. Also as the trains run 2x an hour, you won't be able to make it to lectures unless you get the train which is 1 hour before your scheduled arrival time (ie. for my 9am lectures I had to get the 8.00 train not the 8.30 - even though it is only a 20 min journey because there are always issues whether due to the poor service or even police staff checking tickets of the herds of people- mainly the local Strodes College students abuse the trains service and hence security needs to check everyones tickets) Also the trains are very very busy due to Stores College students! Also the most annoying thing I experience and those who are still commuting agree with is that the infrequent train service: when a lecture ends early - heck, even if it ends on time- you just waste a lot of time by a) trying to run the mile from campus to station or b) walk really slowly because you know you can't make it on time. I guess you might be used to this infrequent service if you live outside London.

    In terms of social life, I cannot stress how much it will suffer! But that said, my friend doing Psychology had a Monday class starting at 5-7 so you might be able to have a night out then? But for me for example, I studied Biosciences and lectures in first year would end by 11 and I would have a lab every other week. It was virtually impossible to meet up with people because you would have to wait around campus for like 8-7 hours in the bloody library before societies usually met up. This is a campus university and it accommodates students who live there, not commuters. My friends felt the same way. And in first year it was the hardest because most people are really shy and they all just run off to their rooms after classes so you don't even see anyone around campus. Don't get me wrong, this changes in subsequent years, I mean in second year it was so weird watching all the people who live out hanging out during lunch before labs or in between lectures because they just used to run off to their rooms. Also by second and third year it gets easier to socialise and go out with people because people are somewhat more relaxed, but you might find you have less free time.

    Also you say that the journey time is 1hour 45 mins, is that just the train journey? Because I was really deceived when I put RHUL down as a choice (insurance) because my train journey time is only 18mins but it takes me over an hour to get there. and when coming home, it takes me about 1hour 15mins (albeit I live 15mins drive away from my local station). This is mainly because people leave to get to the station about 20-25 mins before the trains arrival to buy tickets etc.

    Sorry but I really feel strongly about the whole commuting thing and so do a lot of my friends and staff!
    Oh and also I forgot to mention, when it come to snow- you might as well not even bother coming in... I was waiting for the shuttle bus for over 30 mins in the snow - and it is really difficult to walk up the steep Egham Hill to get to uni so no body dared. And it was so funny because a lecturer of mine was there too and he starting tell the bus driver off! ahahahah Also it costs £1 to get the shuttle. Most people only get it to go to uni but not to go to uni but not to go back to the station. Also the shuttle bus picks you up from the main entrance so people (like you as you are studying Psychology) will be at the complete polar opposite end of campus so every just walks back to the station from the back gate (near the psychology building because it'll probably take you 5 mins to get to the bus stop at the other end of campus. But on the bright side, the walk down is easier! I decided not to commute in using the train anymore! A lot more freedom- can leave whenever - don't have to plan it/ synchronise my schedule with that of the train (only to find out the train doesn't show up!!!!)

    I don't know about the work load of Psychology,from what I gather there doesnt seem to be many contact hours so I think you can afford to spend time commuting but in my case, there are a lot more contact hours and I'd rather spend my time relaxing and working than commuting!

    Also one of my friends was commuting from St Albans - she would leave home at 6. At uni if you want to make the most out of opportunities like going out or even volunteering, it is a pretty big sacrifice! 2or 3 of my friends who used to commute are now living out because they couldnt do it any longer (especially in 3rd year!) so maybe you should consider this! Also they are making up for lost time by joining clubs and what not, but to be honest, in third year, it is very stressful to even have a very active social life because of deadlines, PhD/Masters applications, job applications, graduate scheme applications as well as dissertations etc.
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    I’m sorry you’ve been having so many difficulties with your commute. Have you passed on your comments to those in charge of the bus services from the campus? Do reply here, or pm me, if you would like me to feed anything back to the team in charge of transport at RH. If there are problems with the bus service then we really want to help solve it but we can only help if we know that there is a problem in the first place. Likewise, a lot of the problems that have been mentioned are to do with the actual train services themselves and unfortunately that isn’t something that we can control but again, it might be worth passing on your comments to South West Trains.
    The walk from the train station to the campus is 10 minutes and once you know the way there are a few sneaky short cuts which can be taken to avoid Egham Hill.
    Laurel
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    (Original post by Laura9513)
    Hey! I have received an offer from Royal Holloway to study psychology next year. Out of all the uni's I have visited, the warm friendly atmosphere and pretty grounds made it by far my favourite. Plus the psychology department looks amazing. However, I am planning on commuting and since I live just outside Reading, the journey there will probably take around 1 hour 45 mins. I am worried that I would feel left out and having a long way to travel may restrict my social life? I was wondering if commuters (or just RHUL students) could tell me how they feel about travelling from home/whether they think I should put it as my firm or instead choose southampton (easier to get to and also good for psychology)
    also how many days a week do you have to be at uni in lectures for?
    Thank you
    (Original post by lucia17)
    I am planning to commute for around an hour drive as well to holloway!
    Hi both

    Its great to hear that you have offers from us and are already planning your way to get here
    Have either of you been to visit the campus? Are their any particular reasons why you want to live at home instead of in halls? Please do let me know if there is anything I can help you with such as making special arrangements for accommodation, giving you the accommodation contact numbers or even uploading some photos of the halls.
    Laurel
    ps. Laura9513 - if you want to know more about your timetable the best thing to do is get in touch with the psychology department via email or phone. See: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/psychology/con...ails/home.aspx
    They will be able to tell you more about your timetable
 
 
 
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