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    Precious firstborn, starting university next month, having discovered flatmates are arriving early, wants to go early too.

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    (Original post by dirtmother)
    Precious firstborn, starting university next month, having discovered flatmates are arriving early, wants to go early too.

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    Good idea, I went a week early so I knew where everything was come freshers week.
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    (Original post by dirtmother)
    Precious firstborn, starting university next month, having discovered flatmates are arriving early, wants to go early too.

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    It may be beneficial for your kid to go early to gain some experience of the place before school starts. This way, he won't be as confused as his other mates during the Welcome Week.
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    (Original post by dirtmother)
    Precious firstborn, starting university next month, having discovered flatmates are arriving early, wants to go early too.

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    Excellent idea if you/they can afford it. They'll have a head-start on uni life. Get them established as soon as possible so they can feel (relatively) relaxed and ready when the teaching/learning starts. It's not much fun getting to grips with new subjects whilst trying to work out how the laundry works and where's best to buy groceries. Going to uni early will give them one thing at a time to get sorted.

    Precious firstborn or not - they're off! Grit your teeth and let them do it on their own terms as far as practical, so that they remain happy to come home. The fact that they're so optimistic and comfortable with the idea of a semi-independent life, means that you've done a great job
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    Thanks for the responses. Not really seeing any downside then apart from the obvious additional cost, and potentially easier to organise care for his sibling (who is going to be a whole different kettle of fish if he ever leaves - we keep telling the local authority that we don't think parental immortality is a workable plan) during the week.
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    All of that said, it is not actually clear that he *can* arrive early as a UK student...
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    (Original post by dirtmother)
    All of that said, it is not actually clear that he *can* arrive early as a UK student...
    When our eldest started at Birmingham last year, he was given a very precise moving in slot on a set day - no mention of being allowed access to his room any earlier than that. Had he wanted to go up early, I assume that he would have had to stay somewhere else. .
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    My daughter was told to move in on the Sunday before enrolling on the Monday and it was good for her to settle with new friends that first night and also had them for enrolling too next day.




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