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Jackyboy149
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I'll be going to university for 2017 entry, and I'm planning to go to Gloucestershire University, which is about an hour drive from my house. Is that a manageable distance? I was pretty set on this, but with all this a level results stuff I've been reconsidering. A lot of my friends are off to uni now (I'm a year behind because I changed courses after AS) and are moving away. I've heard it's a lot harder to make friends at uni if you don't live in the halls for your first year. If I did move there, I wouldn't get that big of a grant because we have a household income of about £50,000 per year. I know how all the loans and stuff work, but it's still more expenses. Plus I'd miss my girlfriend, friends and family that are still at home, even though I'm only an hour away. What do you guys think? Please just flood me with advice and information!
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I commuted around an hour to uni throughout the first year and it didn't impact me socially in any way. I lived out for second however so got the best of both worlds. It's just a case of putting yourself out there and making an effort to be social and mingle. That and living in halls isn't the only way to make friends. You have those on your course, those in your tutor groups, those you'll meet in societies, those you can meet via sports etc.

The other consideration to make is if the journey time will impact on your studying, and to ask yourself if it will tire you out. Food for thought a socially it isn't the only thing to consider.
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You wouldn't be too far away so that if you did move, you could pop home home for the weekend.

You may miss out on the social side?
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(Original post by Jackyboy149)
I'll be going to university for 2017 entry, and I'm planning to go to Gloucestershire University, which is about an hour drive from my house. Is that a manageable distance? I was pretty set on this, but with all this a level results stuff I've been reconsidering. A lot of my friends are off to uni now (I'm a year behind because I changed courses after AS) and are moving away. I've heard it's a lot harder to make friends at uni if you don't live in the halls for your first year. If I did move there, I wouldn't get that big of a grant because we have a household income of about £50,000 per year. I know how all the loans and stuff work, but it's still more expenses. Plus I'd miss my girlfriend, friends and family that are still at home, even though I'm only an hour away. What do you guys think? Please just flood me with advice and information!
Hello

To be honest, it's down to you as a person. An hour drive isn't much and as you say, it's a quite manageable distance to drive - but then again depending on how often you are in, you are looking at a two hour round trip but again, that still isn't too bad.

There is a lot of common misconceptions regarding making friends when going to university and to say that not living in halls makes it 'harder' to make friends is only partly true. I wouldn't say it's harder, halls just throws you into a social environment where you can make friends quite easily as you are thrown in with new people all the time where as living off campus just means you limit the people you'll meet and what not - then again, it depends where you live.
Also it depends on you as a person and how well you socialise and make friends.

It sounds like you're already stacking up the reasons why you don't want to move to university and that's natural when it comes to missing everything and that's part of the experience and whether or not it's something you want to do.

I'd say really consider halls as it is a fantastic experience - I only lived an hour after from my university but I would never have done the commute everyday - moving into halls was the best decision I made and I loved every second of it so I definitely way up all your options!

Best of luck
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(Original post by Jackyboy149)
I'll be going to university for 2017 entry, and I'm planning to go to Gloucestershire University, which is about an hour drive from my house. Is that a manageable distance? I was pretty set on this, but with all this a level results stuff I've been reconsidering. A lot of my friends are off to uni now (I'm a year behind because I changed courses after AS) and are moving away. I've heard it's a lot harder to make friends at uni if you don't live in the halls for your first year. If I did move there, I wouldn't get that big of a grant because we have a household income of about £50,000 per year. I know how all the loans and stuff work, but it's still more expenses. Plus I'd miss my girlfriend, friends and family that are still at home, even though I'm only an hour away. What do you guys think? Please just flood me with advice and information!
the First year in halls is amazing if i were you w ould live out you are onl an houer away so if you want a night or weekend at home it's not an issue also it's not a huge treck for your gilfrend to come over and see you loiving out FTW also sociatys would be an issue if you live at home because of the time that they usaaly meet
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