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    I just wanted to make a thread asking what peoples opinions and experiences were about commuting to university.

    I've studied a foundation year last year and stayed at university. And although it was a great experience it's not something I liked terribly much. I lived with terrible flat mates who were very rowdy and inconsiderate. I do understand that the reason I didn't like it so much was because of the people I lived with not the actually living away from home bit which I didn't mind.

    This year I am going to be going to a different university. However I am contemplating commuting to university. My reasons being it will allow me to be more productive as I will study on the train and after lectures at the library so when I come home I can relax. I've done some rough calculations and worked out it will be much cheaper. However I do have a small concern that it may affect my social life. During my foundation year I met students that commuted and was good friends with them but found I became a lot closer to those that lived at university. I didn't really go out much at university as it wasn't really my thing so that doesn't really concern me. I guess if I was to commute it would just require me to plan a bit more in advance.

    What are peoples opinions about commuting? How do you find it? Do you have friends that commute? How does their friendship compare with people that live at the university with you?
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    Can't help much in the terms of experience as I haven't yet started, but from September I will be commuting
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    How far is your commute?

    I commute and so do most of my friends although I'm a mature student so maybe that makes a difference. A couple of times we've agreed to go for a drink at the end of the day and that has worked fine, it just means we don't get completely wasted because we need to get home safely on our own. If you wanted an occasional late night out maybe one of your friends would let you stay over.

    The biggest pain is having to carry everything in. Especially if I have a day with a large gap between lectures because then I take work to do during the break. This year just gone my actual train journey was only about twenty-five minutes so I made sure I had some printed lecture notes or printed a chapter of a book to read (because it's a pain dragging a big heavy book out of your bag). The previous year my journey was just over an hour, I found it difficult to do any proper writing but I think having two hours a day to just read stuff really helped or I used a small notebook for making notes.
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    I commuted last year for the couple of months I attended. I was a couple of hours there and the same returning. Personally I hated it, I'm quite a shy person anyway and found it made it harder to get involved. It was also a massive pain when I would have only 1 lecture timetabled on a Monday and would be spending 4 hours on a train just to sit in a lecture for a hour and a half. Honestly it was a lot cheaper to commute but as someone that doesn't get on with public transport and is kind of shy it was a massive mistake which I regret. That being said I know other people who commuted and made loads of friends just fine although they are more extrovert. Just give it some thought and maybe do the route to see how long it really is
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    (Original post by jami74)
    How far is your commute?

    I commute and so do most of my friends although I'm a mature student so maybe that makes a difference. A couple of times we've agreed to go for a drink at the end of the day and that has worked fine, it just means we don't get completely wasted because we need to get home safely on our own. If you wanted an occasional late night out maybe one of your friends would let you stay over.

    The biggest pain is having to carry everything in. Especially if I have a day with a large gap between lectures because then I take work to do during the break. This year just gone my actual train journey was only about twenty-five minutes so I made sure I had some printed lecture notes or printed a chapter of a book to read (because it's a pain dragging a big heavy book out of your bag). The previous year my journey was just over an hour, I found it difficult to do any proper writing but I think having two hours a day to just read stuff really helped or I used a small notebook for making notes.
    It's a 2 hour commute on the train. 1/1.5 hours in a car.

    I should be fine with the carrying stuff. I have a gym bag that I carry around with me literally everywhere. I used it for my foundation year and it really served me well so I don't think it will be much of an issue. I think I can make friends relatively easy so I shouldn't have a problem there I don't think and like you said I could always stay over every now and again if I have to.
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    (Original post by reddevil963)
    I commuted last year for the couple of months I attended. I was a couple of hours there and the same returning. Personally I hated it, I'm quite a shy person anyway and found it made it harder to get involved. It was also a massive pain when I would have only 1 lecture timetabled on a Monday and would be spending 4 hours on a train just to sit in a lecture for a hour and a half. Honestly it was a lot cheaper to commute but as someone that doesn't get on with public transport and is kind of shy it was a massive mistake which I regret. That being said I know other people who commuted and made loads of friends just fine although they are more extrovert. Just give it some thought and maybe do the route to see how long it really is
    Yeah I thought about the one hour lecture thing myself but on those types of days I would probably hit the library for a couple of hours after the lecture get some work done and head home. That way I don't feel I wasted a day commuting and get some work done.
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    The only other thing to think about is that sometimes train journeys aren't always smooth. If a train breaks down it can take you hours to get anywhere, not great if you have a 9am exam.
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    I really don't recommend living at home especially 2 hours away by train that journey every day will be a killer the examples below are from my own experience and prices are true as of 2013.

    lectures and labs at uni can be scheduled to finish much later than school labs and lectures can be scheduled for at least 7 or 8 at nights with a 2 hour train journey that will get you home at 10 or 11 O'clock at night. you will also need to get up at about 5 am assuming you take an hour ti get ready and to the station for 9am lectures. (You will have a lot of these time table writers seem to love them.) Then you will have some days that look like 9-10 lecture then 6-7 tutorial and nothing in between I mean I get that you will study but 9 hours continues studying is a big ask even for a student.

    Then there is social life you just plain won't have one 4 hours traveling for a night out not going to happen sleeping on peoples floors have you seen halls floor space you barley have room to stand up let alone have someone sleeping on your floor and what about if you get lucky (which you won't because you won't have a social life) you aren't expect her to sit for 2 hours on a train just for a quick ****.

    Thyen there is price I lived 1 hour from my uni (obviously I went in to halls) but it costs £20 to get to and from my uni city each way that's £100 a week your at uni 30 weeks year that's going to be for you over £3000 a year halls are much cheaper in the long run which the cheapest at my uni going from £65 a week and £94 for an en suite

    I'm not saying this to be a **** but it needs to be considered and you did choose to go here so there must be some pull commuting 4 hours a day really is not a viable option in my eyes
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    I'm planning on doing a 2hr train commute in september my only concern is that I will be late for some 9am lectures, but I won't know until I get my timetable. I think if you use the time productively then you will be fine, you can get a lot done in 2 hours. Sleep, eat breakfast, read, watch stuff on my laptop, take notes, plan your week out etc. I'm not too bothered about the social side of uni, as a mature student (I'm only 23, that makes me sound old!) I've done the whole going out and getting plastered thing already and I'm over that now, I'm there to study. If I'm only in for an hour lecture then I'll probably go shopping, socialise, go to the gym and study. I'd just be sat indoors at home all day procrastinating anyway if I didn't commute. I think the long commute will actually give me the push to knuckle down.
    Or it could go the complete other way and I'll be warning others not to do the same...
 
 
 

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