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    I'm hopefully going to Portsmouth uni in September, I have been driving for 6 months now, and i'm curious what the pros and cons are for taking my car (specifically Portsmouth) to uni. I live about 210 miles away and it would take about 3hrs less to drive home than get trains (and a lot less hassle! 4 changes inc. tube), and most likely cheaper if I couldn't get good deals for when I want to go home.
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    (Original post by courtswakefield)
    I'm hopefully going to Portsmouth uni in September, I have been driving for 6 months now, and i'm curious what the pros and cons are for taking my car (specifically Portsmouth) to uni. I live about 210 miles away and it would take about 3hrs less to drive home than get trains (and a lot less hassle! 4 changes inc. tube), and most likely cheaper if I couldn't get good deals for when I want to go home.
    Have a look and see if there is free parking available, I imagine the uni parking is extortionate.

    I guess it would be very handy for going shopping or to a nearby city or as you said, going home. Be wary of people asking asking you for lifts though :lol:

    The con would be the fear of it getting damaged for whatever reason though, a friend had to go down often to check that it was still there :lol: but you get that anywhere unless you have a garage!

    It sounds like you'd benefit from having one there.
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    Make sure you have somewhere available that you can park it.
    Think as well if you genuinely need it. I have my car with me because I work for the uni and do alot of driving around. You'll find that aside from nipping to the supermarket you don't really need it that much

    Also double check how much it'll affect your insurance as you'll need to update the overnight address part
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    There's rather more cons than pros regarding cars and university. At first sight, being able to hop into it and go home directly rather than having to schlepp it by public transport is appealing. But realistically how many times are you going to be making that trip home? At uni, the car is going to be an enormous financial drain: tax, MOT, higher insurance because you're a student at uni. There's parking, the small matter of whether or not you're allowed to park/have a car where you are and how much the university permits or parking charges are. Finally, you will become your friendship group's Nominated Driver, forever being badgered to collect this, that and the other or 'please can you take me to Outer Mongolia..I'll give you the petrol money'.

    Portsmouth has reasonable public transport and the truth is most students manage very well without a car. I'd think very carefully whether it's really beneficial for you to take it.
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    I'm currently a student at Portsmouth so if you've got specific questions (car or non-car related) feel free to ask.

    I'm currenlty in my first year and didn't bring my car. Simply issue, there's absolutely no parking at my halls. I believe some of the other halls have very limited spaces but in general if you are in halls you won't be parking your car there. Parking around the local area gets expensive quick and fills up fairly rapidly as well.

    If you get private accommodation in Portsmouth by all means bring your car if you have somewhere to park it. I for example have a house next door with an attached garage. However I don't intend to drive it around at uni. The roads around the uni are busy, with rush hour traffic appearing to be pretty bad. Once again parking is not exactly plentiful in the area and costs will definitely start adding up. By all means bring the car, use it to go shopping and so on but don't expect to use it everyday. If you're living in the Portsmouth or Southsea are you'd be better walking or using a bus.

    Next year I'm definitely bringing my car, it'll make it easier to get home (only 2 hour trains for me but it's still a pain) and will generally be more convenient. However I'll only be using my car for shopping trips or anything outside Portsmouth. The city, university and accommodation are very much intertwined. It takes me 5 minutes to walk from my flat to my lectures, 5 minutes to walk into town, 5 minutes to reach the seafront and so on. There's really no need for a student to drive within Portsmouth, providing they were staying in the area that centres on the uni. If you find yourself living more towards Fratton or lower down in Southsea then the benefits of having a car may add up. But for central Portsmouth area it's totally unecessary.

    Not having a car has only inconvenienced me a few times. Twice when I went home and twice when I went to the local archery shop, which is an hour by bus in Waterlooville. Shopping is really not an issue, I'm quite happy carrying a few bags through the town and it's easy to just break up the shopping a little more. If I go out or Portsmouth (Southampton, London, etc.) then trains are arguably more convenient (London especially). Having a car is definitely nice but the benefits are somewhat limited unless you actually need it regularly. In both my current flat and my house next year I am central enough that nothing is more than a 10/15 minute walk away. And of course it's totally irrelevant in my first year, where student accmmodation makes a car entirely impractical. Renting a garage that I'd have to then walk to somewhat defeats the purpose of a car.
 
 
 
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