Thoughts on a 2 hour commute to uni, whilst staying at home?

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I am going to uni in sep, and i am considering commuting 2 hours, each trip, to my uni. I will be living at home. Two of my friends are going to a different uni, which is russell group also, but it is 3 hours away and i wouldn't be able to live at home. Not sure what to do, any thoughts?
Edit: I am considering Royal Holloway for Comp Sci, my friends are going to Nottingham for Comp Sci
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Is that two hours each way or for the round trip?
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Is that two hours each way or for the round trip?
2 hours each way, 4 hours a day total
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I wouldn't do that. Will become harder for you to socialise with everyone in the year, and travelling that distance daily will tire you out
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Ehhh, my parents house is 2 hours away. I moved out since stuff commuting. I know other people who do it, but they seem to never attend classes unless absolutely necessary... So depends on the type of person you are.
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Time is more precious than money. I know this sounds like one of those cheesy quotes, but it’s definitely the most truest quote I know.

You should invest in accommodation at uni - it’s there for a reason. They aren’t all-inclusive luxury villas or anything, but the whole point of the apartments are so that students don’t have to waste time commuting each day.

Trust me, you’ll want to thank this comment for saving you in the future 🙂
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(Original post by jsuch01)
2 hours each way, 4 hours a day total
Wow.

I'd say you would be making a rod for your own back.

Commuting is stressful at the best of times. You would likely isolate yourself from the important social opportunities needed to build new friendships and networks. University is much more than simply academia.
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One could argue that he could do work while commuting (train?)
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I commuted to my Sixth Form (2:30 each way) for a year and a half, and whilst it was doable I really wouldn't advise that you do that for Uni. If anything, it's going to be harder.

How do you plan on traveling? I used to take two trains, which made it hard to study or sleep, but if it's a direct route it may actually not be so bad.
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(Original post by jsuch01)
I am going to uni in sep, and i am considering commuting 2 hours, each trip, to my uni. I will be living at home. Two of my friends are going to a different uni, which is russell group also, but it is 3 hours away and i wouldn't be able to live at home. Not sure what to do, any thoughts?
Edit: I am considering Royal Holloway for Comp Sci, my friends are going to Nottingham for Comp Sci
Highly recommend getting accommodation at the uni the costs won't be too horrible I promise, also get accommodation at Royal or Nottingham choose whichever you prefer as a uni for you just get the accommodation as 4hr journeys will get to you and you might not make new friends as well which is important
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(Original post by SCIBYE)
One could argue that he could do work while commuting (train?)
Easier to work at a desk or whatever

Don't have to worry about missing trains / late trains etc if you don't commute
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Why not just go into halls?

I went to Royal Holloway and they're not overly expensive.
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It depends how often you would be travelling. Once or twice a week perhaps, daily then no (and far too expensive). The other thing to think about is that a theoretical two hours may be longer (about four if GTR is part of the journey I would suggest), and what chance you have of a seat in both directions (no chance again if GTR).
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(Original post by jsuch01)
I am going to uni in sep, and i am considering commuting 2 hours, each trip, to my uni. I will be living at home. Two of my friends are going to a different uni, which is russell group also, but it is 3 hours away and i wouldn't be able to live at home. Not sure what to do, any thoughts?
Edit: I am considering Royal Holloway for Comp Sci, my friends are going to Nottingham for Comp Sci
Oh my god don't do it you will fail. Uni is so much more than just classes and 4 hours will turn you out an you'll miss out massively on:

Social life This is a massive part of uni be it clubs pubs movie nights video game tournaments and any number of other things. I mean lets look at a few examples.

1) The night club You by some miracle find time to go out clubbing so pre gaming goes well and your haveing fun from 7pm onwards. At 9 pm you get to the club theres big queue but for your mates thats ok because they are in halls. After half an hour of queuing you get in you have about 15 mins in the club until you have to leave to get the last train home while your mates party the night away does that sound fun?

2) The training session lets say you join say the tennis club and you wan to go training two issues here. First how do you fit your gear in your bag it's not like a towel and pair of trainers take up no space even if you can fit a t shirt shorts and a pair of socks in there. Secondly You'll miss out on the post training drinks because you need to get the last train home and thats how you make lasting bonds with your team mates

3)Sex you won't have it if you commute so forget it.

Life Skills you lear so much living on your own for the first time how to keep healthy how to feed your self clean up after your self do laundry cook everything that being an adult entails uni is a great way to ease into it'll be much harder to figure out later on. You also learn how to take care of your self if your sick (hungover)all these things are so important and you'll miss out on them.

no to mention the independence it's the first time in you life when you can set your own rules do you really wan to give that up.

now were done with the things you'll 100% miss out on lets move on the the things things that will suffer if you commute.

Academics A four hour commute and being constrained by a train time table will screw you up. Firstly you'll be so tired out by your commute you'll be falling asleep in classes and i don't mean in just 9 am's I mean lots of them even once your used to it. I wan think about it a 2 hour commute you'll have to get the earlyest train you can think half 6 because you need to factor in delays and cancellations not to mention your actually need to get to your class. You can't do good work on a train all you can really do is house keeping or busy work.

Group work will also be tough your group won't like the fact you need to leave at lets be realistic 7pm to get home by 10pm while the rest of them are working up until 11pm close to hand in your actually jeopardising their grade too. They won't thank you for that.

Your effectively knocking out 4 hours of good revision or project work a day by commuting really not smart at uni living in halls is much better.

But I'm not done yet

Finance If you run the numbers you may find you don't actually save that much money by commuting my commuter wold have been an hour if I went in just for my classes i would have payed £60 a week (headset priced halls) but i found i was always popping in to uni for some thing so really i would have been paying £100 a week when you think my halls were £93 I actually saved money by staying in halls. So yeah do think about that.

Comfort This is never thought about before people get to uni. The timetables never really think about commuters when they timetable sessions I had a 9am-to 7pm on one day in my first year and a 10am-8pm on another day so you'd be arriving home eat 10pm and 11pm respectively a 15- walk to halls is much more comfortable than a 2 hour train journey in may second year I had 9 yes 9 hour break sure you could study but you can only really do 4 hours good revision why do you do for the other 5 hours most people in that situation went back to their accommodation because they could sleep surf the net watch tv or movies or what ever where you my friend would be stuck at uni not really knowing what to do with yourself.

do you still want to commute?
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(Original post by barnetlad)
It depends how often you would be travelling. Once or twice a week perhaps, daily then no (and far too expensive). The other thing to think about is that a theoretical two hours may be longer (about four if GTR is part of the journey I would suggest), and what chance you have of a seat in both directions (no chance again if GTR).
I'm also guessing he hasn't factored in the time to and from the station.
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Stupid and expensive,
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I also did Comp Sci at Royal Holloway and you'll be in 4/5 days per week for all 3 years, as it has one of the highest contact hours at the uni (I think first year is 18-22 hours p/w depending on labs).

You'll soon get sick of the commute.
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Yeah I think a lot of uni commuters feel a bit socially isolated.

Also have a think about your transport - if you're commuting by public transport what are the changes that'll be required... each time you have to get off and wait for another bus or train is another annoyance (even if everything is running like clockwork) and another opportunity for your day to get buggered up by forces outside your control (drivers strikes, breakdowns etc)
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(Original post by jsuch01)
I am going to uni in sep, and i am considering commuting 2 hours, each trip, to my uni. I will be living at home. Two of my friends are going to a different uni, which is russell group also, but it is 3 hours away and i wouldn't be able to live at home. Not sure what to do, any thoughts?
Edit: I am considering Royal Holloway for Comp Sci, my friends are going to Nottingham for Comp Sci
Hi jsuch01,

It's great to hear you are considering studying with us.

You can chat to some of our current students like Peter or Ilona about our Department of Computer or about commuting to campus on our website. They would all be more than happy to answer any questions you have and you can start a conversation here.

Susana
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I commute two and half hours on the train to uni. I quite enjoy it - gives me time to do my work to and from uni so I don’t have to do so much at home. You can get season tickets for specific dates so I just get them specific for my term dates.
To avoid large amounts of delays I catch the train before the one that will get me in exactly on time. Obviously sometimes delays are inevitable but as long as you let your lecturers know then it’ll be okay.
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