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I'm applying for a masters at a University about 1hr travel time from home. Always lived away during undergrad, as the undergrad university was 3 hours from home and enjoyed the experience of living away and being independent. Not sure whether to move to student accommodation or to stay at home for masters and travel in for face to face teaching. I know lectures will be online but rarely went to undergraduate lectures. Would be interested to hear your thoughts!
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I'm applying for a masters at a University about 1hr travel time from home. Always lived away during undergrad, as the undergrad university was 3 hours from home and enjoyed the experience of living away and being independent. Not sure whether to move to student accommodation or to stay at home for masters and travel in for face to face teaching. I know lectures will be online but rarely went to undergraduate lectures. Would be interested to hear your thoughts!
depends what your financial situation is really, if you can afford it i would consider it.
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I'm applying for a masters at a University about 1hr travel time from home. Always lived away during undergrad, as the undergrad university was 3 hours from home and enjoyed the experience of living away and being independent. Not sure whether to move to student accommodation or to stay at home for masters and travel in for face to face teaching. I know lectures will be online but rarely went to undergraduate lectures. Would be interested to hear your thoughts!
I love about 45 minutes drive away from Keele and I commute in. I don't find the commute too bad (getting up there for 9am classes meant an early start but no earlier than I used to have to set out when I was working full-time!).

If I'm travelling to campus I generally try and stay up there for most if not all of the day, just to save me wasting time commuting backwards and forwards when I don't need to - the cost of petrol (as well as the wear and tear on your car) does add up if you're doing the journey regularly so it is worth factoring that into your calculations when weighing up the cost benefits of commuting versus living closer to campus.

During my MA year I was usually on campus 2/3 days a week and then working from home the rest of the time. I generally went to campus on the days I had classes and also made use of the library facilities, met up with friends etc. around that, leaving me with no reason to be at Keele on my 'at home' days.

This occasionally meant missing out on some social events that were taking place on 'at home' days but, generally, I didn't feel as if I missed out on any of the university experience, or that it impacted on the social side of my MA. That said, I'm a mature student (in my 30s) so I wasn't particularly bothered about going for nights out or drinks with friends - if you do like to socialise in clubs/bars, the need to drive home at the end of the day and commute might impact the social aspect of uni for you.

Hope that helps!

Amy
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