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Hello, I live in London I'm off to study medicine at Southampton. I do not want to move out and thought I can commute everyday ands the train as a way to revise, please, please please, help me. is this possible?
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I had a long commute from where I used to live to my second university (not southampton). Took around an hour each way. Adding 2 hours to an already long, hard day was awful!

I recommend not commuting if you can possibly help it. You can get so much out of moving out as well :yep:
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Hello, I live in London I'm off to study medicine at Southampton. I do not want to move out and thought I can commute everyday ands the train as a way to revise, please, please please, help me. is this possible?
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Hi :hi:
I wouldn't recommend it
Your student experience wouldn't be the same - see the poster above
it takes time out of your day and you'll find it much easier to join events with friends etc. by living in Southampton
it's a great experience and public transport around the city is great for getting around generally :yy:

For reference: I could've commuted ~2hr train journey to Uni from me but I chose to live here.
It's much easier and there are so many bonuses of staying
-student jobs
-cheap stuff
-student deals on campus
-free/cheap awesome events
-society events
etc......
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Hello, I live in London I'm off to study medicine at Southampton. I do not want to move out and thought I can commute everyday ands the train as a way to revise, please, please please, help me. is this possible?
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4 hours travel every day, on top off a full-time medicine degree.

Im not sure this is really viable, you'll need time to study out of uni and de-stress (and for hobbies, social life etc)

I suspect moving to Southampton and immersing in the uni experience is a long term more sustainable choice, your gonna be there for 5/6 years
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Hello, I live in London I'm off to study medicine at Southampton. I do not want to move out and thought I can commute everyday ands the train as a way to revise, please, please please, help me. is this possible?
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Heyy Soton Medic

Are you coming In BM5 or BM6? I’m sorry I don’t know much about BM4.

If BM5 you’re timetable will be 4-5 days per week. You’ll have group projects, essays and notes to write up. In semester 1 there is SSU which requires you to work in a project and that will require spontaneous meet ups. Semester 2 your timetable becomes more intense in hours but only a little. Throughout you’ll have MIP (half afternoon) placements but you’ll be back in Southampton @6pm so you’ll be back in London realistically at 9 ish.

If BM6 then why not just stay from Tuesday-Thursday and commute either way. You’ll still have all the workload as stated above but because it’s in a condensed week you can go home if you want to for the days between. You’ve also got your half day placements every other week so you could technically commute that day but sometimes you’ll have to be on the ward at 08:00-08:30 am so factor that in too.

And I’ve only covered pre-clinical years.

You’ll be drained. Move out. Halls has rooms and there’s also private rented if you prefer,

Feel free to ask anymore if you want
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That will destroy your wallet. Just move out, you'll have to eventually anyway
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A season ticket would be £4924, might as well live there! Admittedly you will be able to get away with paying less by not having a season ticket for the whole year, and paying less. However it will still be very expensive.
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I’ll offer a different viewpoint for you. I’m starting university at Southampton and I am going to be living at home and commuting. My journey will only be 50-70minutes which isn’t as bad as some other students may encounter. I see it as an opportunity to continue saving money as my student loan doesn’t come close to covering accommodation costs in halls. I also have a very good job at home which I am able to continue doing by not moving away. I won’t be paying rent and food bills and I will be able to escape the uni life which some people wish they could. I will still try my best to be social by joining societies and making friends and playing sports and so I don’t see why you cannot have a social life by not living in halls. When people comment on this I just remind them that a large proportion of people don’t go to university and make friends when they go straight into work, and they certainly don’t live with all of them so halls doesn’t always equal the best social life there are other options.
Do what’s best for you, at the end of the day you can always move out at the start of year 2!!
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Heyy Soton Medic

Are you coming In BM5 or BM6? I’m sorry I don’t know much about BM4.

If BM5 you’re timetable will be 4-5 days per week. You’ll have group projects, essays and notes to write up. In semester 1 there is SSU which requires you to work in a project and that will require spontaneous meet ups. Semester 2 your timetable becomes more intense in hours but only a little. Throughout you’ll have MIP (half afternoon) placements but you’ll be back in Southampton @6pm so you’ll be back in London realistically at 9 ish.

If BM6 then why not just stay from Tuesday-Thursday and commute either way. You’ll still have all the workload as stated above but because it’s in a condensed week you can go home if you want to for the days between. You’ve also got your half day placements every other week so you could technically commute that day but sometimes you’ll have to be on the ward at 08:00-08:30 am so factor that in too.

And I’ve only covered pre-clinical years.

You’ll be drained. Move out. Halls has rooms and there’s also private rented if you prefer,

Feel free to ask anymore if you want
Hello, i am starting BM6 however a. person which Is a year above me has said that 4/5 days a week are compulsory as 2 lectures a week are not recorded and 2 compulsory practicals a week
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Hello, i am starting BM6 however a. person which Is a year above me has said that 4/5 days a week are compulsory as 2 lectures a week are not recorded and 2 compulsory practicals a week
Bear in mind during clinical years you will be rotating around different hospitals in Hampshire (including I think, potentially, the Isle of Wight) and you're even less likely to be able to live in London. Additionally, medics have longer terms than other courses at Southampton, so you will also be commuting for even longer. I really can't see it being possible, and this is even before considering the financial costs (you will probably spend as much commuting from London as you will on rent if you lived in Southampton).

Additionally, keep in mind the ~2 hour train journey is just for the train journey section. You still need to get to the train station in London you'll be departing from, then you need to get the bus from Southampton Airport Parkway (or worse, Southampton Central) to the uni, which is another 20-40 minutes on your commute, plus how long it takes you to get to the station in London. I used to commute to Southampton from very nearby (a town near Winchester) and even that was extremely draining over the course of the year and took at least an hour each way once all the buses and walks between train stations and bus stops and the course location (which wasn't on campus at the time) were accounted for, along with the train journey itself (which was a mere 20-25 minutes).
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Hello, i am starting BM6 however a. person which Is a year above me has said that 4/5 days a week are compulsory as 2 lectures a week are not recorded and 2 compulsory practicals a week
BM6 is Tuesday 9-5, Wednesday 9-12, Thursday 9-5. Then placement either Monday or Wednesday mornings.

BM6 year zero isn’t recorded you’re correct. Lectures are lectures. They’re not compulsory but the BM6 leads will check up on you if you keep missing stuff and they’re all registered too.

There aren’t practicals every week. But compulsory, useful etc But you would have to factor that into your travel etc too so that’s super important.
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Bear in mind during clinical years you will be rotating around different hospitals in Hampshire (including I think, potentially, the Isle of Wight) and you're even less likely to be able to live in London. Additionally, medics have longer terms than other courses at Southampton, so you will also be commuting for even longer. I really can't see it being possible, and this is even before considering the financial costs (you will probably spend as much commuting from London as you will on rent if you lived in Southampton).

Additionally, keep in mind the ~2 hour train journey is just for the train journey section. You still need to get to the train station in London you'll be departing from, then you need to get the bus from Southampton Airport Parkway (or worse, Southampton Central) to the uni, which is another 20-40 minutes on your commute, plus how long it takes you to get to the station in London. I used to commute to Southampton from very nearby (a town near Winchester) and even that was extremely draining over the course of the year and took at least an hour each way once all the buses and walks between train stations and bus stops and the course location (which wasn't on campus at the time) were accounted for, along with the train journey itself (which was a mere 20-25 minutes).
I understand the struggle, I lived 20 minutes from London Waterloo, is it not easier to go to Southampton central as its a quicker bus ride to the campus
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I understand the struggle, I lived 20 minutes from London Waterloo, is it not easier to go to Southampton central as its a quicker bus ride to the campus
No, the bus takes longer from Central than from the Parkway (which is also the stop before Central). It's about 20 minutes from Parkway or about 30+ from town (dependent on traffic), as I recall. My experience was it always took longer to go to/from town than to Airport Parkway by bus from the main campus, I don't know if this was due to the route (more stops, maybe) or traffic, or if it was just further.
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Just imagine it's December, 2 degrees outside and raining. Lecture attendance drops to like <50% and that's with the majority of people living within a 20 minute walk to campus. You'll still have to get up at 5am to make the 9am lecture because if you don't, depending on how frequent the trains are, if you take the next one you might miss the following lecture too.

I don't mean to scare monger and I don't know what your specific reasons are for wanting to stay home but I would strongly advise not commuting if it's even remotely an option.
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BM6 is Tuesday 9-5, Wednesday 9-12, Thursday 9-5. Then placement either Monday or Wednesday mornings.

BM6 year zero isn’t recorded you’re correct. Lectures are lectures. They’re not compulsory but the BM6 leads will check up on you if you keep missing stuff and they’re all registered too.

There aren’t practicals every week. But compulsory, useful etc But you would have to factor that into your travel etc too so that’s super important.
would the second year of BM6 be recorded because this will be much easier as I will only need to attend practical sessions and placements
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I would highly recommend staying in student accommodation; as someone who had many medicine flatmates last year, the early mornings are not going to be pleasant when you have to travel 1 hour plus and then half an hour on the bus to the hospital or campus.

At least with Uni of Soton accommodation, you receive a free bus pass that expires on the 1st of July with unlimited use until then. Plus having a lie-in is great
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would the second year of BM6 be recorded because this will be much easier as I will only need to attend practical sessions and placements
No nothing is recorded unfortunately med school policy. There are a few exceptions of modules e.g. BM6 Year 2 Research Modules are recorded but on the whole falling back of lectures being recorded is a bad move.
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No nothing is recorded unfortunately med school policy. There are a few exceptions of modules e.g. BM6 Year 2 Research Modules are recorded but on the whole falling back of lectures being recorded is a bad move.
sorry for the late response, but HOW DO WE TAKE NOTES, I am BM6 year 0 and all my notes are taken when viewing recorded lectures as I am a slow writer
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sorry for the late response, but HOW DO WE TAKE NOTES, I am BM6 year 0 and all my notes are taken when viewing recorded lectures as I am a slow writer
Lol the capitalisation is a little weird but no worries.

What you need for exams is all on the slides. But, you can decide to fluff up some notes depending on how much detai you want to go into
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Hello, I live in London I'm off to study medicine at Southampton. I do not want to move out and thought I can commute everyday ands the train as a way to revise, please, please please, help me. is this possible?
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If you don't want to move out why don't you study in a university in London it's not like there's a lack of them. The train is going to cost you a lot of money (and bus which will also cost you after first year) and drive you insane. Did Queens, UCL, Imperial, Kingston etc all reject you?

This isn't intended to insult I want you to know but really that is an absolutely terrible idea.
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