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I’m starting university next year and I’m unsure on whether on commuting or living in halls in my first year. I’ve always had it in my head I want to commute, but now I’m unsure as I see pros and cons to both. My main worry is that I won’t have much of a social life and if I do go on nights out I’m going to have to leave early to get the train back when someone can’t pick me up.
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I commuted to uni in my final year, having being priced out of the city, depending on how far you travel it can really screw with the social life though as you're subject to when the trains/buses stop and having to sleep on peoples couches a lot.

I'd reccomend living in halls or at least close to the uni, at least for your 1st year, it really helps with the social life
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(Original post by Emmalou5372)
I’m starting university next year and I’m unsure on whether on commuting or living in halls in my first year. I’ve always had it in my head I want to commute, but now I’m unsure as I see pros and cons to both. My main worry is that I won’t have much of a social life and if I do go on nights out I’m going to have to leave early to get the train back when someone can’t pick me up. I’m looking at going to Manchester Met, UCLAN , Edge hill wanting to study International tourism management or business with leisure. So if anyone’s in the same situation then let me know
Hiya!

It really depends on what you feel most comfortable with and that is what is most important. I had friends in first year who lived locally but chose in first year to live in student accommodation just to meet new people and to feel settled in a little better. Then in their second and third year they chose to commute but could still keep in contact with those they had met in first year.

It's a really good idea to write down a pros and cons list to balance out how you are feeling as it can be really confusing. I know that my friends and I loved living in halls for first year and it's an experience that I would really recommend. Ask your friends and family and those whose opinions you value to see what they think as this is always very helpful. But also go with your gut! Also there is always the option that if you move into halls and don't like it that you can move out easily to go back home.

Best of luck at uni! Sam- Official Student Rep
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(Original post by Emmalou5372)
I’m starting university next year and I’m unsure on whether on commuting or living in halls in my first year. I’ve always had it in my head I want to commute, but now I’m unsure as I see pros and cons to both. My main worry is that I won’t have much of a social life and if I do go on nights out I’m going to have to leave early to get the train back when someone can’t pick me up.
Hi! I'm a previous student from Edge Hill and i have experience of doing both. There are definitely pros & cons to both sides so the key is choosing what really matters to you. Initially i thought i would commute in my first year, but i had a change of heart and lived in on-campus accommodation. I had such a great time and made some great friends (which was a priority for me), and i found living in at university really convenient. However, just because you don't live on campus it doesn't mean you won't meet people. I had just as many friends from my course as i did my accommodation and i would have met them either way. Another thing you'll need to consider is the cost of accommodation and whether you'll be able to live comfortably. This is individual to everyone and no two people are the same.

There are opportunities to socialise without living in halls, you may just need to socialise a little differently! Once you find your group maybe go out for evening drinks so you can always get home, or (once you're comfortable) ask to stay with a friend, in my experience they'd rather you stay with them than leave early! Remember you have 3 years at university too, you can mix and match, live in halls one year, commute the next.

Once you come to a decision i feel like you know in yourself whether it's the right one for you. If you've got any more questions at all or would like to find out more about finances or student life please just email us at [email protected]!
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