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    Hi all, I'm really stuck and would appreciate some advice from current uni students/med students or anyone who can help !


    I live in London and haven't been given a place in university halls due to my proximity to campus. I have two main choices : 1. Commute - 1 hour 10 door to door (45 mins on the tube) annual cost around 2/3 K 2. Private halls - 2 mins walk from the Med School - studio - cost = 12K


    From a financial point of view, it make sense to commute but will I miss out on the student life? Independence ? Being able to come back home whenever, do whatever and bring whoever I want around?

    I know Medicine is quite intensive, i'll be in 5 days a week but one thing I like about coming home is I can get away from all the hustle and bustle from the medical school area to the house we have in the suburbs

    . At the same time, I want to experience living away completely from my parents + being able to do what I want. It'll be a studio room - so I don't have to deal with the food being stolen but then people say you make friends in the communal kitchens etc? Is the 12K worth it? I was overlooking the fact before that I would be paying for just room. It's the experience I get as well. Just not sure whether to "save" this money. N.B it's my parents money , my maintenance loan won't cover this amount.


    Any help would be appreciated. Cheers !
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    (Original post by LOAend)
    Hi all, I'm really stuck and would appreciate some advice from current uni students/med students or anyone who can help !


    I live in London and haven't been given a place in university halls due to my proximity to campus. I have two main choices : 1. Commute - 1 hour 10 door to door (45 mins on the tube) annual cost around 2/3 K 2. Private halls - 2 mins walk from the Med School - studio - cost = 12K


    From a financial point of view, it make sense to commute but will I miss out on the student life? Independence ? Being able to come back home whenever, do whatever and bring whoever I want around?

    I know Medicine is quite intensive, i'll be in 5 days a week but one thing I like about coming home is I can get away from all the hustle and bustle from the medical school area to the house we have in the suburbs

    . At the same time, I want to experience living away completely from my parents + being able to do what I want. It'll be a studio room - so I don't have to deal with the food being stolen but then people say you make friends in the communal kitchens etc? Is the 12K worth it? I was overlooking the fact before that I would be paying for just room. It's the experience I get as well. Just not sure whether to "save" this money. N.B it's my parents money , my maintenance loan won't cover this amount.


    Any help would be appreciated. Cheers !
    If you commuted, then how much freedom you got would depend on your parents & what sort of student life you wanted. If you wanted to partake in the traditional uni life of pre drinks and clubbing then this could be harder if you commuted, especially if you had a last train home to catch or parents didn't like you coming home late. Obviously if clubbing is not your thing then it wouldn't matter so much. It would mean you'd have to make more of an effort to talk to people on your course to make friends, however this is easier in med school when you are together most of the time. I'd also imagine that the commute might get quite tiring after a while.

    On the studio note- even in London £12k is a hell of a lot to throw away on accomodation, you could get a room in a shared flat in private halls for less than that. You are right that in halls people tend to make friends with their flatmates by meeting in the communal kitchen which you wouldnt have in a studio flat. They also tend to be favoured by mature/postgrad/international students who just want to get on with their work and not socialise so much.
 
 
 
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