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    I live in Warrington atm. Its a 30 minute train ride from Liverpool Uni where im hoping to go, so living at home and commuting would not be a problem at all. But I realise that i probably wont make as many friends and experiences if I live at home. Thing is, idk if Id have a lot of time or money for these experiences if I lived at uni aswell.

    Accomodation in Liverpool is very pricey and I get the minimum maintenance allowance, so id need a part time job along side uni. Looking at the Physics timetable, I rekon theres about 24 hours in uni per week of study, not counting what id need to do outside uni. At the same time my girlfriend will be living in Warrington and Im hoping to visit her or her visit me atleast once a week or so. Ive worked out the costs and can afford to live at uni only just with a part time job.

    What do people think? Will I have enough time to fit everything in and get a decent degree? Is living in at uni all that worth it? Also, whats your living costs for the year (excluding accomodation)?
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    If you can't afford it and your parents can't help out, I wouldn't move out.

    However, you may find that you're missing out on things. It's usually how some people make their friends, other than coursemates, organise nights out, etc.
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    (Original post by GashKetchum)
    I live in Warrington atm. Its a 30 minute train ride from Liverpool Uni where im hoping to go, so living at home and commuting would not be a problem at all. But I realise that i probably wont make as many friends and experiences if I live at home. Thing is, idk if Id have a lot of time or money for these experiences if I lived at uni aswell.

    Accomodation in Liverpool is very pricey and I get the minimum maintenance allowance, so id need a part time job along side uni. Looking at the Physics timetable, I rekon theres about 24 hours in uni per week of study, not counting what id need to do outside uni. At the same time my girlfriend will be living in Warrington and Im hoping to visit her or her visit me atleast once a week or so. Ive worked out the costs and can afford to live at uni only just with a part time job.

    What do people think? Will I have enough time to fit everything in and get a decent degree? Is living in at uni all that worth it? Also, whats your living costs for the year (excluding accomodation)?
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    First of all, why would you not 'have time' to live in accommodation? You're using more time commuting to and back from home - it may sound easy and do-able on paper but you have to remember if there is a problem with the train line, a train is delayed, if there is strikes, if you run late, if the train is late etc - therefore, you have to factor in those sort of things. Living on campus/in accommodation means you are always around and within walking distance of university. You are close to the library and support services of your university and generally anything else you may need on campus. Some people do commute and do well at university, others don't. It's down to personal preference and what you feel is right for you at the end of the day.
    I'd say living in halls for first year is worth it - it gives you the full picture and 'university experience' - it really submerges you into that lifestyle of independence etc.

    Living costs wise? For me in first year, I started off looking around £20 for a weekly shop (this when down because I started doing group shops) and then petrol, because i have my car with me and travelled so that's about £10-20 per week and then any extras and stuff came with that. My SF allowed me around £80 a week where as in second year it's allowed me around £30 a week because my student housing was more expensive.

    Best of luck!
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    First of all, why would you not 'have time' to live in accommodation? You're using more time commuting to and back from home - it may sound easy and do-able on paper but you have to remember if there is a problem with the train line, a train is delayed, if there is strikes, if you run late, if the train is late etc - therefore, you have to factor in those sort of things. Living on campus/in accommodation means you are always around and within walking distance of university. You are close to the library and support services of your university and generally anything else you may need on campus. Some people do commute and do well at university, others don't. It's down to personal preference and what you feel is right for you at the end of the day.
    I'd say living in halls for first year is worth it - it gives you the full picture and 'university experience' - it really submerges you into that lifestyle of independence etc.

    Living costs wise? For me in first year, I started off looking around £20 for a weekly shop (this when down because I started doing group shops) and then petrol, because i have my car with me and travelled so that's about £10-20 per week and then any extras and stuff came with that. My SF allowed me around £80 a week where as in second year it's allowed me around £30 a week because my student housing was more expensive.

    Best of luck!
    Hmm thats true, The commute would probably be an hour either way. How much free time do you think id get with working a 10 hour job each week? One of the most important things for me is to be able to have time to visit my girlfriend atleast once a week, and I want to be able to have funand socialise in the week aswell. So say if my timetable is 25 hours contact, 10 hours job and about 5 hours in the gym, would i have enough time for socialising at the end of shopping and cooking and all that?
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    Hmm thats true, The commute would probably be an hour either way. How much free time do you think id get with working a 10 hour job each week? One of the most important things for me is to be able to have time to visit my girlfriend atleast once a week, and I want to be able to have funand socialise in the week aswell. So say if my timetable is 25 hours contact, 10 hours job and about 5 hours in the gym, would i have enough time for socialising at the end of shopping and cooking and all that?
    If you try hard enough you can make it work.

    That said the going home every week or even every two weeks is not recommended at all, it might be manageable later on but for the first term especially really just do a single trip otherwise there's a much greater risk of homesickness or missing out on bonding with flatmates or coursemates, things which can effect you in the long term.
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    Hi- believe it or not I'm renting privately for my first year. I too get the minimum allowance and definitely won't get a job because I need to focus on my degree. It's much much cheaper when you rejt privately. I'd suggest that you do too, you don't want to regret putting yourself in a bad financial sutuation and then having to drop out of that Uni.
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    (Original post by GashKetchum)
    Hmm thats true, The commute would probably be an hour either way. How much free time do you think id get with working a 10 hour job each week? One of the most important things for me is to be able to have time to visit my girlfriend atleast once a week, and I want to be able to have funand socialise in the week aswell. So say if my timetable is 25 hours contact, 10 hours job and about 5 hours in the gym, would i have enough time for socialising at the end of shopping and cooking and all that?
    That isn't too bad - I'd say you'd have a decent amount of time all in all - you'll be surprised how much free time you actually end up with. Well, that's based off my personal experience. I think if you plan it off well and stick to your plan - you could have free time.

    Best of luck!
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    I lived at home for my first year and honestly it wasn't as bad as people made it out to be. My commute was about 40 minutes either way and was pretty manageable, the only problem was 9am starts, or if I had a 4 hour gap between lectures. As for the social side of uni, it's pretty easy to make friends, even if you are commuting (and I'm pretty introverted and don't drink). Just make an effort to talk to coursemates and join a few societies. If the social side is that important to you then I'd say move out. I'm moving into a house for my second year so I'll get the full uni experience then and I managed to save half of my loan.
 
 
 
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