Should I commute 1-2 hours a day to get to uni?

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Hi guys, I’m really wanting to avoid accommodation. My top 2 university choices are both an hour away from where I live. Accommodation is just not for me. I’m an introvert and not social. I find it very comfortable and won’t be able to live elsewhere independently as so soon. It is also very costly to get accommodation and I won’t be able to carry on with my job if I live there. Is it worth travelling 1-2 hours a day in train to get to university or should I just get accommodation?
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(Original post by Danny442)
Hi guys, I’m really wanting to avoid accommodation. My top 2 university choices are both an hour away from where I live. Accommodation is just not for me. I’m an introvert and not social. I find it very comfortable and won’t be able to live elsewhere independently as so soon. It is also very costly to get accommodation and I won’t be able to carry on with my job if I live there. Is it worth travelling 1-2 hours a day in train to get to university or should I just get accommodation?
Hey - do you mean you are thinking of staing at home and going to uni? If so let me know and I will change your thread title as it might help you get some more replies
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Hey - do you mean you are thinking of staing at home and going to uni? If so let me know and I will change your thread title as it might help you get some more replies
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Yes correct
I've updated your title and moved this to university life for you so hopefully more people will see this
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You could get a studio if you're not social. There are quiet halls, as well, for people who are a bit shy.

My personal opinion is that commute would be killer.
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I'm planning to commute about an half and a hour each way for my Masters in September (although I hopefully will have learnt to drive by then) but I'll only be in twice a week so it's not too bad. Not sure I'd want to do it almost every day however for the right uni and course I would make that sacrifice.
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That commute will be horrible. Don't do it.
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2 hours on the train every day would work out to be just as expensive as accommodation! I know you really don’t want to live in halls rn but I honestly think you would regret it so much if you finally build up the confidence! It’s such a big part of uni! Look at studios because that we you don’t have to socialise with anyone if you don’t want to you have your own bathroom and kitchen! What unis are you looking at?!
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What unis are you looking at?
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That travel would work out to be just as expensive as accommodation?! 2 hours everyday!
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1-2 hours isn't bad for a commute really (mine is 5/6) Plan it well and use the time for reading/revision.
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1-2 hours isn't bad for a commute really (mine is 5/6) Plan it well and use the time for reading/revision.
You... commute 6 hours day?!?
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You... commute 6 hours day?!?
You're so flummoxed you couldn't even proof your post. Gobsmacked haha.
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1-2 hours isn't bad for a commute really (mine is 5/6) Plan it well and use the time for reading/revision.
How do you travel 5/6 hrs to uni? Seems almost impossible to be that dedicated.
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You're so flummoxed you couldn't even proof your post. Gobsmacked haha.
So taken aback I a word :eek3:
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You... commute 6 hours day?!?
Glasgow to Edinburgh, Leave the house just after 6am to get there for 9, ill get home maybe 4pm or 9pm depending whether it's a full or half day.

*shrug* far from ideal, but only Uni in country that does my course, moving there would be extortionate.
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Glasgow to Edinburgh, Leave the house just after 6am to get there for 9, ill get home maybe 4pm or 9pm depending whether it's a full or half day.

*shrug* far from ideal, but only Uni in country that does my course, moving there would be extortionate.
Holy moly! That is intense!

Hats off to you. :hat2:
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Some universities let you put down preferences when picking accommodation so you could ask to be put in a quiet flat.

I really wouldn't commute. You don't know what your timetable's going to be like and it'd be a pain having to wake up at 5am for a 9am lecture or getting back home at 8pm with a load of work to do if you had a class at 6pm.
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How do you travel 5/6 hrs to uni? Seems almost impossible to be that dedicated.
Oh I don't LIKE it....it's only 3/4 days a week, I'd die if it was all 5

It's a weird quirk though, I study Horticulture and in Glasgow due to load of nonsense the furthest you can go is HNC so it's creating a huge skills gap, if you want to progress you HAVE to go to Edinburgh (Or Ayr, ALSO a a long commute...and it's already half shut down) When we applied from Glasgow we were all warned about this, you just have to suck it up if you really want to go further.

I just need to make the best of it, as said, all that train time leaves me a LOT of revision/reading time, it's rare I need to take much work home. If you've traveled that far and spent that much to get there I find it's good focus, as you absolutely want to get your value out of that lecture/contact time. Staff have always been good about it, I've largely got a pass to arrive late/leave early/dodge otherwise 'mandatory' things.
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I've been commuting (60-90 mins one way) to a university in London for the past two years and I don't regret choosing to commute.

Having to commute for up to 12 hours a week, I initially felt annoyed that this time could have been spent better doing something else like assignments or a part-time job. I was envious of students who had nearby accommodation and didn't have to spend as much time commuting as I did. Some people say that you can read/revise/work during the commute but I didn't find this possible to do on a packed train.
It was not fun having to get up at 6am for a 9am lecture when my course mates could wake up as late as 8:45am and still make it on time. Then having to squeeze into someone's armpit during the morning rush hour commute was also not fun.
I'm quite a shy and introverted person too and living at home didn't help when everyone else who was in accommodation were making friends. I've heard it's close to impossible to not make any friends in accommodation even if you are shy. It took me a lot longer to find people I gel with and I still don't really get to interact with people outside my course.
Every thursday during the first terms of both years, I had a 3 hour gap between lectures and while everyone else got to go home, it wasn't really worth it for me to go home just to come back. Some days I just had a 1-2 hour lecture and it didn't seem worth it to commute 2 hours (but I did anyway).
When it came to societies, the majority held events during the evenings and weekends and I didn't really want to have to wait at uni all day for an event in the evening and then arrive home late and I didn't want to trek all the way to uni on the weekend so I didn't join any societies.

On the other hand, accommodation in London is VERY expensive and my commuting costs for one month were less than my friends' accommodation costs for one week. So the costs of commuting do not get anywhere close to the costs of accommodation in London. As for the time, I felt my time-management and organisational skills have improved and are a lot better than other students because I was having to spend more time commuting. I'm also a person who doesn't mind getting up early and the commuting experience allowed me to find the least busy way to uni during the morning rush hour so the commute was not as uncomfortable and the long gaps between lectures I was able to use to work on assignments. During the first year, accommodation is often offered by the university but during the second year, almost all of those who had university accommodation had to find other accommodation which was stressful and now they have to commute just like I do. A lot of the lectures at my university are recorded so if it was just a 1-2 hour lecture I had, I had the choice to not attend them and watch from home a few days later (but I went anyway because I didn't find the recordings reliable and I knew I would never catch up with the recording when it would be uploaded a few days later).

So I'd say it depends on you, what you regard as most important and what you want to get out of your time at university. Although I didn't get to meet as many people and make as many friends living at home, I saved a lot more than those who had accommodation and I was able to live in the comfort of my home so I don't regret choosing to live at home and commute.
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