Should I move to uni or study from home?

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I live in London but will be studying my MSc in Data Science with Manchester this year, but I'm interested in hearing people's thoughts/decisions in similar situations doing other courses/unis.

How disadvantaged would be I if I studied entirely from home? Lectures will be delivered online but apparently there will be a "mix of face-to-face" group sessions and workshops. I feel like the uni has been a bit vague in its communications deliberately to make sure as many people are present there as possible.

It would be really great to meet new people but with the lack of lectures and extracurricular/social activities on it seems a bit redundant. I rent with my family at home too so not moving would be really helpful financially - and Data Science is one of those degrees where being there physically or having library access is less important.

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You should be moving to Manchester. I don't know what they've communicated but a lot of Uni's will be delivering seminars in person and as far as I'm aware, the rules applying to Masters students are different and there will be a lot more in person contact for you.
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How much would the cost be of a return train ticket and hotel for one night? It may be possible to go up for 2 or 1 day to do stuff which would only be for a short potion of the year.
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I think you should look at the university requirements. During my Masters I lived at home and commuted, but I was only able to do this as I lived within a particular distance from the university itself.

On a separate note, I think online communities will be much stronger this year as a result of what's happening and the changes that will be enforced. People will put more effort into connecting online where opportunities to connect in person will be erased. That being said, pursuing a Masters is an expensive journey and so you will want to feel you get the most you can out of it. Do you think you'd look back and regret not attending in person/studying an online Masters?
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How often do you need to be there? If you know well in advance when you need to attend, there are cheap train fares available.
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(Original post by CharlieKQ)
I live in London but will be studying my MSc in Data Science with Manchester this year, but I'm interested in hearing people's thoughts/decisions in similar situations doing other courses/unis.

How disadvantaged would be I if I studied entirely from home? Lectures will be delivered online but apparently there will be a "mix of face-to-face" group sessions and workshops. I feel like the uni has been a bit vague in its communications deliberately to make sure as many people are present there as possible.

It would be really great to meet new people but with the lack of lectures and extracurricular/social activities on it seems a bit redundant. I rent with my family at home too so not moving would be really helpful financially - and Data Science is one of those degrees where being there physically or having library access is less important.

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CharlieKQ You ask really important questions here about moving or staying with university. I am about to finish my MRes at Newman University in Birmingham and I live close to the uni so that is my situation and how it differs. As my masters had taught modules one a week or once every 2 weeks but mainly focuses on a final independent dissertation, I have not felt I missed out the past 6 months since lockdown. My key question to you though is: if you stayed at home what uni would you go to? Do you have a course in mind as clearing is now open?

I would always say to anyone you are not disadvantaged if you stay at home if you are willing to put in that little effort to be aware of what is happening on campus. You are right, with covid socialising may be tough for a while. So, I would get in touch with Manchester to ask what their covid response is. Every uni should have one e.g. an FAQs on their website. But, how they respond and the attitude they have may give you an answer to your questions.

I hope this helps and if you need to ask anything else then let me know
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My key question to you though is: if you stayed at home what uni would you go to?
Still Manchester? But basically just distance learning? At no point has OP expressed interest in changing unis.
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(Original post by CharlieKQ)
I live in London but will be studying my MSc in Data Science with Manchester this year, but I'm interested in hearing people's thoughts/decisions in similar situations doing other courses/unis.

How disadvantaged would be I if I studied entirely from home? Lectures will be delivered online but apparently there will be a "mix of face-to-face" group sessions and workshops. I feel like the uni has been a bit vague in its communications deliberately to make sure as many people are present there as possible.

It would be really great to meet new people but with the lack of lectures and extracurricular/social activities on it seems a bit redundant. I rent with my family at home too so not moving would be really helpful financially - and Data Science is one of those degrees where being there physically or having library access is less important.

Thoughts/suggestions?
it will be a combination of online and on campus teaching in first semester i believe, some students will be attending the uni like normal and those who can't make it to the campus will watch it through live. For second semester they are still finalising whether it be online or not. only disadvantage is that it going to be boring, no difference than doing a online pay course on data science and can basically self taught. But paying 10k+ for a msc degree you might be want to consider if it worth it, if you just want to get the MSc then go ahead but will be missing a lot of uni experience such as face to face and overall will be boring.
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Still Manchester? But basically just distance learning? At no point has OP expressed interest in changing unis.
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Sorry I misinterpreted your original post. I got an impression that you were thinking of changing universities to look at doing a course nearer to you in London. Thank you to jackien1 for pointing this out.

CharlieKQ how do you feel about doing your course from home? Do you feel you will adapt and get the most out of the course from home? Still maybe find out what Manchester's covid response in order to know maybe how often they are doing those face to face sessions.
Sorry for the confusion. I hope you can find the best method for you.
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Thanks all for your replies, really appreciate it.

I think all things considered I will move to Manchester and make the most of the master's - have just received an offer for accommodation so will likely go ahead with it.
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