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    This is a future me question seeing as I dont even know if I'm going to get into the university that I am talking about.

    ANYWAYS. The unii I want to go to is like 40 minutes by tube away from my house, would it be worth moving out and paying rent etc? Or just travelling?

    KEY POINT; I hate living with my parents and want to move out asap -_-
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    Maybe move out? Im guessing it will be quite expensive to travel back and forth everyday and it will probably just bring unnecessary stress. not only that but ii think it would be quite fun in halls
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    My dad thinks that London universities are the best but I don't think it is.. He just tried to reject me when he asked me about what university I was picking and I said Manchester or Liverpool.. Just coz I live in London doesn't mean I would study university here lol so yeah move out of London and away from your parents is a good idea to be independent


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    (Original post by buddy-123)
    Maybe move out? Im guessing it will be quite expensive to travel back and forth everyday and it will probably just bring unnecessary stress. not only that but ii think it would be quite fun in halls
    I'd think that rent/bills would be more expensive than travel?

    (Original post by Simple_student)
    My dad thinks that London universities are the best but I don't think it is.. He just tried to reject me when he asked me about what university I was picking and I said Manchester or Liverpool.. Just coz I live in London doesn't mean I would study university here lol so yeah move out of London and away from your parents is a good idea to be independent


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    I live in London and the university I want to go to is in London. But yeah fair point.
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    (Original post by curiousduck)
    I'd think that rent/bills would be more expensive than travel?



    I live in London and the university I want to go to is in London. But yeah fair point.
    You'll need to get loan and grants from the government and you'll have to pay it when you earn money from work after university plus travel is expensive as well calculate that for a year and see how much money you'd save and spend


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    (Original post by curiousduck)
    This is a future me question seeing as I dont even know if I'm going to get into the university that I am talking about.

    ANYWAYS. The unii I want to go to is like 40 minutes by tube away from my house, would it be worth moving out and paying rent etc? Or just travelling?

    KEY POINT; I hate living with my parents and want to move out asap -_-
    Depends what you want out of uni- if you are interested in the social side then definitley move out if you can- do check though if the uni lets you, some don't guarentee halls to people living nearby.
    If you want studying and the quiet life home is better.
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    Move out. It maybe easier to just travel by home and stay in your comfort but university is the time to reach out of your comfort zone. Sure doing all a paper work for loans and applying for accommodation and buying stuff on your own living all by your self is daunting and lot of effort but you could be happy if you do it you wanna feel more confident and independent and more capable so for your own growth do it. Plus if you get student accommodations there's tons of chances to meet friends too! And if you wanna stay out late and all you have no parents standing on the hallway giving you the look 😂😂 I mean if you have strict parents like mine.
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    (Original post by curiousduck)
    This is a future me question seeing as I dont even know if I'm going to get into the university that I am talking about.

    ANYWAYS. The unii I want to go to is like 40 minutes by tube away from my house, would it be worth moving out and paying rent etc? Or just travelling?

    KEY POINT; I hate living with my parents and want to move out asap -_-
    you'll want to consider these points

    1\ Cost: This is usually one of the mostdeciding factors when people decide to live at home while in some faces it canbe cheaper to live at home in many cases it's not. a bog standard hall costsaround £60 or £90 for en-suite if welook at an example of my brothers first year he had 4 days in uni (3-4 days isusual for first years for some courses like engineering or Medicine it can be 5days) it would now cost him with a student rail card £20 a day which would be£80 a weeks by living in halls he could save £20 which is more than enough fora weeks food shop he could even have afforded a visit home with those savings.A week at uni could look like this budget wise

    Rent £90 aprox Food £15-£20 lunch £20:00 aprox Night out £50

    so your looking at£180 (but not everyone goes out every night )so its more like £140 That can of course be cut down if you bring lunch and don't eat out all the time it' £120 and if you learn to shop making use of the discount ale at your local super market (it's all about timing) and special offers like 3 for 2 your food cost can go down at least £5 so your looking at £115 if not less. if your commuting your week looks like this train fares:£100 based on Reading - Southampton lunch £20 Something to eat on the return train £10 Bus home £20 your looking at £150 even at the higher bracket in my example it's cheaper to go in to halls. You also get less loan if your a home student.

    2\Travel:This is one of the main things that People talk about a lot but don't see it until they are at uni travelling is tiring and can be expensive it also is time consuming you may think oh I can get work done on the train. More often than not you won't you can do work on trains as in organise meetings sort out your files but academic work is never done or done well above a level standard on a train. Also it is time consuming a 2 hour train journey in to uni and out is 2-4 hours gone which you could use for studying or other things.

    3\Social life: How social do you want to be unless you are a 10 minute walk or have very accommodating parents who are happy to pick you up at all hours or you can go out without drinking and drive home your social life will not be as good as those living out especially in the first 3-4 months the first 2 months are often pretty lonely for commuting students.Students who live out generally go out 2-3 a week Sometime more if they have an "easy"course load I actually never saw a commuting student out in the 4 years I spent at uni. it's not all clubbing (Some is) you have awards ceremonies meals out drinks with mates parties cinema club things like skiing for instance trips out say to milton keyns (skiing) and so much more most are decided on spur of the moment or that day which is usually why you won't see as many out so often not to mention they have to get the last train or whatever .

    I have seen so often on here threads saying I've made no friends it usually turns out later on that they live at home and that is the honest to goodness truth you usually see it around November.

    4\ The Timetable: no one ever considers this but this is not school or collage or even work this is a completely different beast all together. Your time table could have excellent days with hour long breaks between lectures which is nice you can get work done etc etc. Or you could get9-8 or even 9-9 I saw once with only a 1 hour break for lunch not good would you really want a long journey after that didn't think so. or what about a day where you have a lecture from 9-10 and then another from 6-7 and nothing in between sure you could work in the library but not for more than 4 hours effectively and still get the full benefit from the lectures. Where do you go in the mean time?

    So how do you avoid these pit falls I would do a dry run especially to avoid points 1 and 2 to avoid point 4 on your dry run do it on a week day and find out if there is any where you can see the time table usually (on the factually or course notice board) just ask at reception they will give you directions.point 3 is something only you can know and you will have to use your judgement. It's also a good idea to do a full costing (using Excel) over a week and a year to see if and how much you save.

    5\Location: This one is pretty obvious but it's well worth mentioning if you are determined to stay at home you'll only apply to "local" universities for instance if you live in Cornwall but you are Oxford material you would be passing up an opportunity that many would give their right arm for. (In fact even if you lived 15 miles away you would have to take halls it's just one of their rules.).So don't limit your self like that whatever you do. with all that said is there any circumstances where living at home is a good idea well yes there area few.
    1/ if your sole career for an ill or infirm relative so the responsibilities for younger siblings fall to you for that reason .
    2/ If You have a child of you own .(Some universities offer halls that cater for this but not all do)
    3/ if you are so physically disabled you can't be without a carer then living at home might be better.
    Many people will mention the pros and cons of commuting and staying home but these questions hopefully help you decide what to do.
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    ^^ Just to correct rent, its more like £100-115 in most places and will be even higher in London im guessing.
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    (Original post by SmellyProtein)
    ^^ Just to correct rent, its more like £100-115 in most places and will be even higher in London im guessing.
    £90 is the lowest in Southampton but i wrote that a few years ago so it may be a bit out of date on the prices.
 
 
 
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