Especially with the drastic increase in fees, it's wise to save and so I'm only considering living on Campus for the first year however I'm also contemplating this.
I'm due to start Pharmacy this September at university which is 30 mins away from home and the accommodation is a little over £5000 per year which is standard I guess. I can't make up my mind as to whether it will be worth it. I need to apply for accommodation soon and my heart is more inclined towards staying on Campus but I'd like some reassurance I think
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Is it better if I live on campus or at home (local student for first year) watch
- Thread Starter
- 12-04-2013 17:46
- 12-04-2013 17:51
I stayed at home my first year, second year and probably will do in my last year as well. As long as you get involved with things on campus and meet new people you will be fine. Also the added bonus of the money saved comes in really handy if you just generally like to have that bit extra which other students who live on campus probably wont have.
- PS Reviewer
- 12-04-2013 19:38
Some unis have rules where they don't allow local students to live on campus, or give them last pick of accommodation. If that applies then you'd be better off staying at home!
Some unis have great facilities on campus - Nottingham Uni has a society for local students, and they provide a room where you can go to have a sit down etc between lectures. If you want a cup of tea and have no kitchen to make one then you'll find takeaway quickly gets expensive - occasionally visiting a friend would be ok, but if you drink as much coffee as I do it's not really fair for them to have the extra expense.
Can you find out the typical schedule (either from the website, or maybe ask on TSR)? It would be more annoying if you had a lecture at 9am and then nothing til 5pm. If you're likely to only have one lecture a day then travel costs and time would be more of an issue than 2 or 3 fuller days.
Are you the kind of student who wants to party? If so, where will you be likely to go? Getting a taxi home late at night will be expensive if there's nobody else to share the cost with, so if you're going out a lot it could be cheaper to pay for accommodation. For example, getting a taxi back from town to where I live is about £20 so if I was doing that a lot it might be worth the additional cost of moving closer to town.
Are you parents happy for you to stay at home? Have they secretly been planning to turn your room into an office and won't want to give that up? Will they charge you board, and if so with the travel costs will this still be cheaper than moving out?
Can you apply for accommodation now and cancel later? If so, this would extend your thinking time. However, you may have to sign contracts or pay deposits, so be careful! Alternatively, can you apply late if you change your mind later?