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    I'm currently in year 12 and being told to think about applying for university. I think I know that I want to go to Newcastle and know which course I want to apply for. I live 20 minutes away from town on the bus and 10 mins by car. I feel like I would miss out if I stayed at home and am excited for making friends and going out but don't think this would happen if I lived at home. Does anyone live at home at the moment and how have you found making friends and going out? I don't think getting home from nights out would be an issue, but I just feel like the money isn't worth it...
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    (Original post by eggc)
    I'm currently in year 12 and being told to think about applying for university. I think I know that I want to go to Newcastle and know which course I want to apply for. I live 20 minutes away from town on the bus and 10 mins by car. I feel like I would miss out if I stayed at home and am excited for making friends and going out but don't think this would happen if I lived at home. Does anyone live at home at the moment and how have you found making friends and going out? I don't think getting home from nights out would be an issue, but I just feel like the money isn't worth it...
    You can make friends without living in halls, but its more effort.
    Halls can be hit and miss as it can vary how well you get on with flatmates. Some people dont have good experiences, but most do. The reason its easier to make friends ie because you live together and all start off wanting t know each other, plus you do social things like cook and share food together to watch films.

    You can still make friends commuting, but it has to be coursemates, societies, using other peoples networks. When you go home alone, then they go home as a group.

    People survive and have a good time without living in halls, just make the effort and dont run off home.

    What you could do is just do Halls for first year and then if you havent made friends you want to live with then live at home for the other two. IT may be as simple as weighing that with the thousands you will save, think abut how much food, books and socialising that can be used for.

    You can have a good time either way. there was a good post by one of the Sheffield hallam reps where she commuted and feels she missed out on nothing.
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    I'm quite an extroverted person and want to join lots of things and the course I'm interested in is very people orientated and you get to talk more with coursemates.
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    You can make friends without living in halls, but its more effort.
    Halls can be hit and miss as it can vary how well you get on with flatmates. Some people dont have good experiences, but most do. The reason its easier to make friends ie because you live together and all start off wanting t know each other, plus you do social things like cook and share food together to watch films.

    You can still make friends commuting, but it has to be coursemates, societies, using other peoples networks. When you go home alone, then they go home as a group.

    People survive and have a good time without living in halls, just make the effort and dont run off home.

    What you could do is just do Halls for first year and then if you havent made friends you want to live with then live at home for the other two. IT may be as simple as weighing that with the thousands you will save, think abut how much food, books and socialising that can be used for.

    You can have a good time either way. there was a good post by one of the Sheffield hallam reps where she commuted and feels she missed out on nothing.
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    I'm quite an extroverted person and want to join lots of things and the course I'm interested in is very people orientated and you get to talk more with coursemates.
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    Then you might not have any problems at all and you could save thousands.
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    I'm currently in year 12 and being told to think about applying for university. I think I know that I want to go to Newcastle and know which course I want to apply for. I live 20 minutes away from town on the bus and 10 mins by car. I feel like I would miss out if I stayed at home and am excited for making friends and going out but don't think this would happen if I lived at home. Does anyone live at home at the moment and how have you found making friends and going out? I don't think getting home from nights out would be an issue, but I just feel like the money isn't worth it...
    Hi eggc

    As 999tigger mentioned, there is a commuters post that one of our reps did a few months ago, which is really interesting.

    I understand your situation between choosing to live at home or to live in halls in your hometown (I commuted to uni too) but I wouldn't worry too much. There are so many opportunities to make friends whilst you are at university.

    Have a read of annablagg's post (current commuter) on Commuting to University and there

    Feel free to ask annablagg any questions about commuting

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    (Original post by eggc)
    I'm currently in year 12 and being told to think about applying for university. I think I know that I want to go to Newcastle and know which course I want to apply for. I live 20 minutes away from town on the bus and 10 mins by car. I feel like I would miss out if I stayed at home and am excited for making friends and going out but don't think this would happen if I lived at home. Does anyone live at home at the moment and how have you found making friends and going out? I don't think getting home from nights out would be an issue, but I just feel like the money isn't worth it...
    Hi eggc


    It's great to hear that you're thinking of coming to study with us! Newcastle University is very accessible by public transport but living in halls can be a great way to meet new people and socialise.

    We have a lot of accommodation options at different prices which you can see here:
    http://www.ncl.ac.uk/accommodation/u...undergraduate/

    And this comparison table provides an easy way to compare what's on offer by cost and facilities: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/media/wwwnclacu...n_overview.pdf

    If you'd like to know more about the locations of our accommodation and what's on offer nearby then have a read of this blog:
    https://microsites.ncl.ac.uk/oncours...accommodation/

    You can also come and visit our accommodation to get a better idea of what's on offer and whether you think it would be right for you. Tours can be booked here: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/accommodation/n...bookatalk/tour

    Hope this helps 😊

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    (Original post by eggc)
    I'm currently in year 12 and being told to think about applying for university. I think I know that I want to go to Newcastle and know which course I want to apply for. I live 20 minutes away from town on the bus and 10 mins by car. I feel like I would miss out if I stayed at home and am excited for making friends and going out but don't think this would happen if I lived at home. Does anyone live at home at the moment and how have you found making friends and going out? I don't think getting home from nights out would be an issue, but I just feel like the money isn't worth it...
    Why don't you stay in halls for first year and move home for the following years? This gives you a chance to be independent and to throw yourself into the social side and build up a network of new friends.

    It can be harder to make friend with course mates if your degree has few contact hours which is worth considering, and although people make friends through clubs, societies etc these can take longer to develop. 999tigger makes a good point - "When you go home alone, then they go home as a group"
 
 
 
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