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    Are there any clear cut advantages of living at Student Accommodation on Campus compared to commuting from Home everyday. Excluding reasons related to travel would you rather live in Student Halls or at Home and why? Current Students, have you had any regrets about living at Home instead of on Campus or vice versa? I would value the opinions of both current and prospective students alike.
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    Living in halls means that you can socialise with friends much more spontaneously, whether this is a night out or just watching a film together. Due to where I live I never really had a viable option to stay at home and commute to University, but I can say that all throughout school I was the one village kid who lived quite far from all my friends in the school town and this really grated on me. Not sure how helpful that is but just my two cents.
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    I live at home and commute by train. I like living at home because I find it easier because:
    - don't need to worry about food shopping/cooking so can save time and money (but obviously you should contribute at home so you don't keep relying on parents)
    - I have my own space that would be much larger than halls
    - Not leaving my family
    - you can still go out with friends if that is what you want, you just need to make travel arrangements/stay with a friend
    - saves money

    Sometimes I do regret it because you feel like you aren't as independant as other student (especially when family is being annoying lol)

    I think it would regret it more if I did want to be going out/clubbing a lot but I'm not into that so it doesn't bother me

    How would you be commuting? I can tell you that it gets tiring!
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    (Original post by Sheraz Imran)
    Are there any clear cut advantages of living at Student Accommodation on Campus compared to commuting from Home everyday. Excluding reasons related to travel would you rather live in Student Halls or at Home and why? Current Students, have you had any regrets about living at Home instead of on Campus or vice versa? I would value the opinions of both current and prospective students alike.
    smoke weed, get drunk, have fun

    im joking, obviously you could still have fun, but I guess you learn how to do things yourself, and learn responsibility and your make your own choices, without being spoonfed ideas???
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    i'm definitely moving out, because overall it as advantage for me, but you just have to decide what will make life easier for you and what you want to be/do.
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    You may find (obviously, it depends how far away you live) that you can't just nip home if you've got a spare hour or two.
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    (Original post by fabulasmic)
    Living in halls means that you can socialise with friends much more spontaneously, whether this is a night out or just watching a film together. Due to where I live I never really had a viable option to stay at home and commute to University, but I can say that all throughout school I was the one village kid who lived quite far from all my friends in the school town and this really grated on me. Not sure how helpful that is but just my two cents.
    Sounds Great! I can definitely imagine nights out would be phenomenal in such an environment and like you say it's much less hassle and understandably so. Does it enhance the student experience too by any chance? Does that also mean that students that don't live on Halls are more likely to be secluded by those who do?

    Ahh, I see.. So you had pretty much no alternative to living in halls? But even then you seem to wholeheartedly enjoy the experience, right? And surely you have no regrets, right?

    I can imagine, that mustn't have been the most pleasant experience. But clearly, most University students are now in a similar position to you and you probably feel alot more integrated and at home

    Thanks for the insight!
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    In halls you have more freedom to sleep with as many women as possible without your mum knocking the door asking if your lady friend wants a drink.
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    (Original post by tinkerbell_xxx)
    I live at home and commute by train. I like living at home because I find it easier because:
    - don't need to worry about food shopping/cooking so can save time and money (but obviously you should contribute at home so you don't keep relying on parents)
    - I have my own space that would be much larger than halls
    - Not leaving my family
    - you can still go out with friends if that is what you want, you just need to make travel arrangements/stay with a friend
    - saves money

    Sometimes I do regret it because you feel like you aren't as independant as other student (especially when family is being annoying lol)

    I think it would regret it more if I did want to be going out/clubbing a lot but I'm not into that so it doesn't bother me

    How would you be commuting? I can tell you that it gets tiring!

    That's understandable but in essence, when it comes to time management, aren't you wasting time commuting to and from University? So in a sense Food, Shopping and Cooking would be more feasibly done on campus, right (with regards to time)? But in terms of cost effectiveness I totally agree, you would probably save a whole lot of cash by avoiding all the costs associated with accommodation away from Home, including catering. I agree, we should contribute more at Home, but too many overly rely on our parents? Living on campus would completely eradicate reliance on parents and develop your levels of independence significantly

    Having more space is great lol but do you really need much space as a student? Depends what you're using it for tbh but if it's study I reckon it's rooms provided by the University are of ample size

    I guess Family is probably one of the most important things to take into consideration when making such decisions because particularly at this stage they tend to play a huge role in our lives and most of us before this point in life have never lived away from our parents for so long so there's the sense of void on both sides.

    I imagine if you have a friend who lives nearby to you, and you obviously go to the same University, it'd be very convenient to go out but if they don't and even if they're on a different course, it could be slightly more complicated.

    I fully agree with you on the Independence factor. Sometimes I feel that is essential and in a way is a pivotal element when contrasting two people who live on campus and at home. You're right, sometimes family can get overly-involved in your life :rolleyes:

    Going out/Clubbing comes down to preference, and like you've demonstrated it's far from essential, and I'd like to think you've made a great decision by keeping away from it, I'm still not sure if it's something I'd like to get involved in (clubbing)

    I'd probably be commuting by train too, and yes I've heard a lot about that too, it definitely results in exhaustion, particularly when it becomes a daily occurrence. But I'd like to imagine you're coping pretty well
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    (Original post by amslol)
    smoke weed, get drunk, have fun

    im joking, obviously you could still have fun, but I guess you learn how to do things yourself, and learn responsibility and your make your own choices, without being spoonfed ideas???
    LOOOL Smoking Weed and Getting Drunk would've had me hooked on living in Halls for the rest of my life :rofl:

    Only kidding. And yup, clearly there's a lot to gain from living on campus, not to mention all the essential life skills one will develop particularly responsibility and making decisions which I'm totally in favour of. In terms of being spoonfed, that's probably the main reason I'd want to move out :rolleyes:

    The independence, freedom and liberty on offer totally tempt me towards making living on campus a must.
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    In halls you have more freedom to sleep with as many women as possible without your mum knocking the door asking if your lady friend wants a drink.
    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL I couldn't agree more! That'd be life sorted
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    (Original post by Sheraz Imran)
    Sounds Great! I can definitely imagine nights out would be phenomenal in such an environment and like you say it's much less hassle and understandably so. Does it enhance the student experience too by any chance? Does that also mean that students that don't live on Halls are more likely to be secluded by those who do?

    Ahh, I see.. So you had pretty much no alternative to living in halls? But even then you seem to wholeheartedly enjoy the experience, right? And surely you have no regrets, right?

    I can imagine, that mustn't have been the most pleasant experience. But clearly, most University students are now in a similar position to you and you probably feel alot more integrated and at home

    Thanks for the insight!
    I think for me it enhanced the experience. It was really nice to be living with other people who were mostly all living away from home for the first time like I was, and all experiencing it together! I met a couple of people through courses and societies who were living at home (around a 30 minute bus ride from uni) and they seemed to be happy enough with the arrangement and obviously saving lots of money! But one of the girls did move into a flat with her friends closer to uni in our second year. My personal experience of first year was that most of my friends came from my halls, but if you were to live at home and join societies and make a really big effort to throw yourself into the action, I don't think you would be secluded, it just might be a bit more difficult for you to spend as much time with your friends as those that all live on/near campus!

    My two "local" universities are not as good as the universities I wanted to apply to, which sounds a little snobby but I'm sure you understand! Also they didn't offer the course that I originally applied to do (I've changed since)! So going to those was not really an option although I would have lived at home had I studied there. I have no regrets about living away at university, I really enjoyed my time in halls! Although I will say that now I'm in my third year, I've made more friends through my course/societies/part time job, and don't see many of my friends from halls much at all. So basically what I'm saying is if you don't live in halls there are so many other opportunities for you to make friends!
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    (Original post by Sheraz Imran)
    That's understandable but in essence, when it comes to time management, aren't you wasting time commuting to and from University? So in a sense Food, Shopping and Cooking would be more feasibly done on campus, right (with regards to time)? But in terms of cost effectiveness I totally agree, you would probably save a whole lot of cash by avoiding all the costs associated with accommodation away from Home, including catering. I agree, we should contribute more at Home, but too many overly rely on our parents? Living on campus would completely eradicate reliance on parents and develop your levels of independence significantly

    Having more space is great lol but do you really need much space as a student? Depends what you're using it for tbh but if it's study I reckon it's rooms provided by the University are of ample size

    I guess Family is probably one of the most important things to take into consideration when making such decisions because particularly at this stage they tend to play a huge role in our lives and most of us before this point in life have never lived away from our parents for so long so there's the sense of void on both sides.

    I imagine if you have a friend who lives nearby to you, and you obviously go to the same University, it'd be very convenient to go out but if they don't and even if they're on a different course, it could be slightly more complicated.

    I fully agree with you on the Independence factor. Sometimes I feel that is essential and in a way is a pivotal element when contrasting two people who live on campus and at home. You're right, sometimes family can get overly-involved in your life :rolleyes:

    Going out/Clubbing comes down to preference, and like you've demonstrated it's far from essential, and I'd like to think you've made a great decision by keeping away from it, I'm still not sure if it's something I'd like to get involved in (clubbing)

    I'd probably be commuting by train too, and yes I've heard a lot about that too, it definitely results in exhaustion, particularly when it becomes a daily occurrence. But I'd like to imagine you're coping pretty well
    Could be considered time wasting, 20 mins train + 15 bus isn't so bad for me, but if thats the decision you choose then you just make it work for you. You can rely on your parents a lot, I do but I do things for myself at the same time, so I kind of get the best of both.

    Well for me I love the space Being a girl who loves clothes/make up/nail varnish I have a lot of crap and I love that I can keep it all with me haha. I also have my own study room so I like having a quiet area that is different from where I sleep to work.

    Yeah, going out all depends on how you want to be and if you live closely to anyone who goes to the same uni. I do so I could be going out regularly if I wanted to

    The train can be really exhausting, especially because it means you would be waking up and leaving a lot earlier than your friends who live in halls.So if you like to sleep in a lot, it might be easier to live in halls.

    I hope I've helped Just think about it and reasons why you want to stay at home/go to halls You could always try your first year in halls then move home if you don't like it. But if you stay at home you could always move out once you get a job.
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    Yeah absolutely, I just had a massive argument with my parents because they let me go out (by out I mean "sleepovers") and they won't this year, but only because they found cigs and condoms 6 months ago

    But I had an argument with them because at the end of the day, you don't give freedom and then take it away. Wtf.

    I guess I've experienced going to raves and on nights out and now I don't want to go back

    Also this pressure to conform to their beliefs and be a perfect daughter is really exhausting and enormous

    Guess I'll be going NTU in 2015 aha
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    After going to a prudish school, university was a sexual awakening. And it definitely wouldn't have been on the same scale had I been living at home.
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    There are many benefits to living in halls most of which have been mentioned here I'll just reiterate some of them and then add my 2 cents

    Independence yes your on your own you are in charge of when you go to lectures or socials when and what you eat and no set bed time (if you still have one).

    Sex you will be able to have it without a hotel room.

    You can get as blind drunk as you like with your parents getting pissed off that you drunk way too much and drugs (not that i condone this)well i'll let you figure them out.

    My two cents it can be cheaper to live out when a hour train journey (central to central station) can be in excess of £20 halls can work out cheaper. also spontaneous nights out happen a lot so you'd miss that.

    The final thing is the time table while it may seem like you have a lot of time off you don't your free time is used for studying or assignments that you will have time for DVD's Games and other R&R things (sports clubbing what have you). First year time tables can look pretty sweet But you may find they are quite full on you may have 10 or 11 hour days or less hours but 5 days a week both of which are a drag you really just want to get back have supper and relax after a 11 hour day (trust me I know) and commuting 5 days a week gets to you. no halls a re by far the only option.
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    (Original post by Sheraz Imran)
    Are there any clear cut advantages of living at Student Accommodation on Campus compared to commuting from Home everyday. Excluding reasons related to travel would you rather live in Student Halls or at Home and why? Current Students, have you had any regrets about living at Home instead of on Campus or vice versa? I would value the opinions of both current and prospective students alike.
    I would say there are lots of advantages of living in student accommodation on campus as opposed to living at home. The most obvious one is that it is very social- its your first point of call to make friends when starting university. You can opt to live in a flat with lots of people, a chance that you probably won't have in the future. In my first year I lived in a flat with 23 other people so there never was a dull moment! It also makes it easier when going out to places, food shopping, parties etc.

    You also gain independence even if you decide to go catered, you're still away from home and your parents. Depending on what university halls you do live in, a range of facilities are provided. You still get heating, washing facilities, kitchen facilities, internet and 24 hour security (this is at the University of Reading but I'm sure would apply to other universities).

    Although you'll be away from home and may miss it a lot, especially the home comforts, you only get to live on campus whilst you're at university. Like a boomerang effect, you'll probably be back living with your parents after graduation so it might be nice to enjoy some freedom and independence whilst you have the chance.

    Hope that helps,
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    everything, no problem turning back at the flat 3-7am or whatever drunk
    socialising with new people, watching movies with them going out etc
    it's so much easier for everything socially

    also other small factors for me -
    able to watch TV as loud as I want (obviously don't be a **** and turn it extremely loud)
    cook when I want whenever I want, if I want to cook a full steak at 3am, then I can
 
 
 
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