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    Hi,
    I'm a little confused as to whether I should stay at home or move into halls as I only live a 40 minute bus ride away from the university. I don't want to miss out on any of the university experience but I also love my home comforts. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    (Original post by Amy Laura)
    Hi,
    I'm a little confused as to whether I should stay at home or move into halls as I only live a 40 minute bus ride away from the university. I don't want to miss out on any of the university experience but I also love my home comforts. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


    If you're planning on saving money whilst going to university; I'd advice you to commute from home. If not, I reckon it'll be worthwhile living on campus, as this should develop your independence further and you're more likely to have a better university experience.
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    (Original post by Optimisticb)
    If you're planning on saving money whilst going to university; I'd advice you to commute from home. If not, I reckon it'll be worthwhile living on campus, as this should develop your independence further and you're more likely to have a better university experience.
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    Should probably add that if money is your primary motivation for not leaving home then make sure you so your sums properly as it often doesn't work out significantly cheaper. Make sure you include:
    Public transport fares
    Lower maintenance loan
    Time spent travelling - this could be better spent in a part time job
    Taxi fares, for if you want to go on a night out
    Some unis give out bursaries that can only be spent on accommodation

    And then look at the social aspects - there are three main sources of friends at uni - halls, course and societies. Clearly you won't make friends in halls. Not all courses have a social life attached. Living so far away from uni will make it effectively impossible to get involved in some societies. Things could very easily not work out for you in terms of making friends at uni.

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    I think you should try it for the first year. You are close enough to visit home as much as you want but you still get the benefits of the social side of uni. Plus you can always move home for your second and third year if you don't like it/want to save money. Not much else to say as everyone above covered it pretty well! Good luck either way

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    (Original post by Amy Laura)
    Hi,
    I'm a little confused as to whether I should stay at home or move into halls as I only live a 40 minute bus ride away from the university. I don't want to miss out on any of the university experience but I also love my home comforts. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    I would still move out at least for the first year yo know see how it goes your not too far to commute or come home for the weekends (did that for 4 years) a lot of nights out with clubs and stuff usually end at like 2:30 am and you'll want to stay till the end of at least some of them and you don't want to be rushing for the last bus at like 11 or 10:30. also independence is always a plus which you cant really appreciate until you have been there, and you learn how to live on your own which is a vital skill.

    University's take on a life of their own at night that the home people don't really get. really move out get accommodation and you will enjoy it much more living at home you will miss out on at least half of the life.
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    Thanks for your help everyone, I think I've decided to move away for at least the first year.
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    (Original post by Amy Laura)
    Thanks for your help everyone, I think I've decided to move away for at least the first year.
    That is the best option and if you don't like it or aren't ready you could always commute for the second and/or third (you won't want to but you could).
 
 
 
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