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I am starting at a uni 3.5 hours away from me soon and I’m doing medicine so will be there for 5 years. I am really worried about it. The train is so expensive. In medicine you don’t tend to get large amounts of time off in later years so it will almost be pointless to go home and see family. My parents are elderly and So it makes it worse. The train is also so expensive. Can he £80 for a return
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I am starting at a uni 3.5 hours away from me soon and I’m doing medicine so will be there for 5 years. I am really worried about it. The train is so expensive. In medicine you don’t tend to get large amounts of time off in later years so it will almost be pointless to go home and see family. My parents are elderly and So it makes it worse. The train is also so expensive. Can he £80 for a return
Sometimes there will be things you have to compromise on if you want something in life. If the university you chose is the one you have your heart set on, to help you pursue a career in medicine, then you will have to find a way to work around the distance. You will still have holiday times which will give you opportunities to save up money and visit home for a little while. You can also keep in contact with your family by email, phone call or video chat (if your parents aren't very computer literate, they may find a smartphone or tablet easy to use which you could set up for them before your leave).

In terms of the cost travelling home, you could consider advance fares, split ticketing or using a railcard. You could also look at alternative ways to travel home, e.g. coach, which may be cheaper. I am sure your parents are very proud of you so try not to worry, concentrate on this new opportunity and working hard at university.
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I am starting at a uni 3.5 hours away from me soon and I’m doing medicine so will be there for 5 years. I am really worried about it. The train is so expensive. In medicine you don’t tend to get large amounts of time off in later years so it will almost be pointless to go home and see family. My parents are elderly and So it makes it worse. The train is also so expensive. Can he £80 for a return
Elderly parents are difficult to leave, but they will want you to build your own life. Are they still able to travel?

If you could post the towns, someone may be able to find cheaper alternatives. For example, coaches, whilst generally slower, can be fairly cheap. If you're lucky with the locations, budget flights (booked a long time in advance) might be another option. Do you have a rail card? There may be ways of car pooling too, although that's less flexible.
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Did you check the price of train tickets for a date close to today? If so you will find they will be expensive. If you look at train tickets for like 6weeks in advance you may get them a lot cheaper. Also, if your under 24 you could buy. rail card which will give you discounted fairs.
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