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    I've been very lucky to have been offered a full time phd studentship at a university which is not local to me. Although the plan is to move to the University city as soon as, as a mature student there is a lot to organise...house sales, schools etc. In the short term I plan to commute if its realistic. I would really appreciate others experiences of the amount of time they have spent on campus/days per week. I appreciate this will vary depending on supervisor expectation and the department but just wanted to gauge others experiences before I discuss it with him. Thanks

    It depends very much upon your subject and what facilities you need to need to use on campus. I'm doing an English language PhD and find that I spend about half the week on campus, but there are other students in the department who come in a lot less than that, and one or two who live several hours away and only come in for training and supervision.
    However, if you need use a lab, or archive materials, or books that aren't available online, you may need to be in a bit more. I would certainly say that for the first couple of months at least, if you are funded by a research council, there will be requirements for some training sessions, and probably other requirements to be in on certain days for induction and other sessions for various reasons. My funder requires me to have a minimum of 10 supervision meetings per year, although some supervisors might do them by phone or Skype.

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