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    Hello everybody! I've posted on here before about an access course I was going to apply for.. 3 months later I have my place for September and I couldn't be happier! I'm going to be studying social work, I was surprised by how the interview was heavily based upon 'what I would be doing next' after the access course. I knew I wanted to go to uni, I was just going to go to a local uni.. Having thought about it though now I would love to go further afield.. And live at a uni, I'm 21 now but by the time I would have finished the access course I'll be 22 (23 in the november) is this too old to be moving into uni? Or am I being paranoid? Has anyone lived with anyone older? Or are you older 'mature student' living at uni? I would just like information as I have no idea about the support or help I'll get? Basically id just like some info on mature students living at uni, thanks in advance :-)
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    You will be fine. Dont forget there will eb thousands of post grads. No you arent too old or even mature. Contact your chosen uni and see what support they have for mature students. Obviously you will have a bit less in common with an 18 year old, but there should be plenty of oler people as well. Your chosen course cna give you an idea on the age ranges.


    I didn't go to college or uni straight out of school and instead worked for 10 years. I did the access course at college after being made redundant when the place I worked closed down and then went on to uni when I was 28. I'm 30 now and just about to finish 2nd year. It has honestly been the best decision I've ever made in my life!

    You may find due to your subject choice that there's probably gonna be people on your course a lot older than you, one of my flatmates is doing social work and he said majority of his course are 40+. And if you're concerned about living with younger people you could request to be housed with other mature students. I did this and was still the oldest by about 5 years! But everyone I lived with in halls during first year are great and we are all still friends now even though we've moved out of halls.

    I would also really recommend to move away, it's easy to stay at home and be comfortable but you really only challenge yourself when you take yourself away from that comfort zone. It's great living on campus in first year if you have that option as its so easy to get involved and make loads of new pals. You shouldn't ever get lonely as there's usually someone hanging around to chat to.

    Honestly I can't recommend it enough, just embrace every situation and think about the benefits you've got from being just that little bit older and wiser about life in general.

    Hope it all goes well for you, good luck!

    PS sorry its such an essay!
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