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    Hi,

    I am currently on a year out of university due to a close family bereavement in 2017 and mental health issues (and a break from education in general because i had went straight to university from high school.) I will be returning to second year in September 2018, and it's February 2018 now so i'm thinking about the decisions i have to make regarding university when i go back. I have the option to possibly stay with my uncle who lives in the same city as my university (Edinburgh) and he lives 45 minutes away from the university by bus. My uncle lives alone and he is very independent anyway so i don't imagine i would be too much of a bother by staying there. He is the brother of the family member who passed away last year, and so it may possibly be a comfort to get more used to his company. Staying with him would be very affordable compared to accommodation, and buses in Edinburgh are very good value too which is reassuring. I am only going into second year so i like to imagine i could manage the commute fine and still have time to get involved in societies and activities. The reason that this idea appeals to me is that i am wary about getting into debt from university, and i would like to save money if possible - mainly because the financial situation in my family has changed since the family bereavement last year. Also, accommodation in Edinburgh is quite difficult to find apparently. I have already had an accommodation viewing where i found out that the accommodation was already fully booked and there were 10 people already on the waiting list. Therefore, finding accommodation nearer to the university may be quite hard work, considering i am careful about money too. All of my other friends at university either commute by train, or already have friends they stay with. I just worry that by commuting by bus and staying with my uncle that i will feel isolated from the university as i am an introverted person. I need a lot of time by myself to recharge though, and i'm not at all a party animal so i don't mind not living with people my age. I struggled with anxiety (social anxiety) in my first year, so i feel that staying with my uncle will be a good stepping stone to getting back into university life after this year out. I am planning to join quite a few societies and things to try and make friends, and by changing my course to suit me better i will hopefully meet like-minded people.

    I would appreciate some reassurance about this idea. I struggled a lot in my first year with anxiety and loneliness (however i didn't get involved in much at all) but i'm not sure if this is a good option?
    Thank you.
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    Why are you worried about debt? You only repay once you earn £25k or above and only start repaying from the April after you graduate and you only pay 9%. It's literally nothing to be worried about so you can take one thing off your list of concerns.
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    (Original post by DrawTheLine)
    Why are you worried about debt? You only repay once you earn £25k or above and only start repaying from the April after you graduate and you only pay 9%. It's literally nothing to be worried about so you can take one thing off your list of concerns.
    I would possibly like to do a postgraduate course after my degree and surely saving money could help me towards that? A lot of accommodation in Edinburgh is expensive and my loan and bursary won't cover a lot of the expensive accommodation. Some more affordable accommodation i have looked into already is already taken, and it seems stressful to try and find somewhere. In my first year, i initially lived in university accommodation 5 minutes from my uni but i didn't get on with my flatmates. They were really loud and into partying, and we just didn't click at all. I really enjoyed the independence but i didn't really like feeling the need to socialise with my flatmates all the time (like i said i'm an introvert haha.) I'm sure they thought i was antisocial but i simply am not into drinking that much. I completely get that debt isn't a big deal, but i feel like since i wouldn't mind commuting surely it's a suitable idea?
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    (Original post by Holaitsstephx)
    I would possibly like to do a postgraduate course after my degree and surely saving money could help me towards that? A lot of accommodation in Edinburgh is expensive and my loan and bursary won't cover a lot of the expensive accommodation. Some more affordable accommodation i have looked into already is already taken, and it seems stressful to try and find somewhere. In my first year, i initially lived in university accommodation 5 minutes from my uni but i didn't get on with my flatmates. They were really loud and into partying, and we just didn't click at all. I really enjoyed the independence but i didn't really like feeling the need to socialise with my flatmates all the time (like i said i'm an introvert haha.) I'm sure they thought i was antisocial but i simply am not into drinking that much. I completely get that debt isn't a big deal, but i feel like since i wouldn't mind commuting surely it's a suitable idea?
    If you feel like you're happy commuting then that's fine. I was just saying debt is not a problem. And you will never pay the whole amount off anyway. So please don't worry about the money aspect of your degree because it is really not something to worry over.

    Also you sound just like me - total introvert, not a drinker, not a partyer (is that a word?) at all.
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    (Original post by DrawTheLine)
    If you feel like you're happy commuting then that's fine. I was just saying debt is not a problem. And you will never pay the whole amount off anyway. So please don't worry about the money aspect of your degree because it is really not something to worry over.

    Also you sound just like me - total introvert, not a drinker, not a partyer (is that a word?) at all.
    Thanks. I do worry way too much haha. It's quite a difficult decision. Im not sure if commuting for 35 minutes would affect my ability to socialise and make friends.
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    (Original post by Holaitsstephx)
    Thanks. I do worry way too much haha. It's quite a difficult decision. Im not sure if commuting for 35 minutes would affect my ability to socialise and make friends.
    Not really. A girl at my course commutes about that long too and it's perfectly fine. Sure it's a bit tricky sometimes but it's not bad.
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    45 minutes isn't too bad a commute - as someone living in London it's pretty standard and we manage to socialise/don't get too isolated. I think it just depends on how important the convenience of proximity is to you. With a commute, it's harder to be spontaneous and that does sometimes make it harder to socialise. Living with friends (that you actually like!) can be a really fulfilling aspect of university life. Have you looked on SpareRoom or somewhere to see if there are people with shared interests and a similar lifestyle to you?
 
 
 

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