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So I want to do fine art at uni but I have maths chemistry and physics a levels predicted at BCC, so I’m going to apply for a foundation course, the only issue is that I’m not sure about uni accommodation. I don’t have a particular future or career plan so I’ve not had my sights set to any university but all my friends seem to be looking at going to the best unis for their course and it just occurred to me that I should do the same, the only thing is that would it matter which one I chose if I don’t have a career plan? And also I live in romsey and I want to move out and like the idea of accommodation but I have social anxiety so it’s hard to keep a job and my parents have already said they won’t help out once I’ve left. I can’t afford accommodation at Solent or Southampton so I’d have to stay at home, but the better unis anyway are Conventry and Loughborough which I can afford so I’m not sure what I should do.
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If you're applying for Art Foundation Diploma courses then those don't come with any maintenance loan so most students stay at home while studying at a local FE college (or university if they're lucky enough to live near a university offering a FAD course).

This is a much better option if you don't have art A levels than a degree with a foundation year. It gives you an opportunity to develop your portfolio, find out more about different art and design courses (you might be more suited to illustration or textiles or similar than fine art), try out studying art and design full time for a year without eating into your limited HE funding AND gives you a qualification that's accepted by pretty much every art and design degree in the UK. https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=5017684 explains more about FAD courses and how they're the most common route into art and design degrees (particularly if you don't have art/design A levels)

You don't have to decide just yet - you can apply for degree with foundation year options on UCAS and then FAD courses locally (Southampton City College offers a very good foundation diploma) directly on top. But unless you're absolutely convinced that a university and course is perfect (and you sound very unsure) then I would be very wary of starting a degree with foundation year course.
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So I want to do fine art at uni but I have maths chemistry and physics a levels predicted at BCC, so I’m going to apply for a foundation course, the only issue is that I’m not sure about uni accommodation. I don’t have a particular future or career plan so I’ve not had my sights set to any university but all my friends seem to be looking at going to the best unis for their course and it just occurred to me that I should do the same, the only thing is that would it matter which one I chose if I don’t have a career plan? And also I live in romsey and I want to move out and like the idea of accommodation but I have social anxiety so it’s hard to keep a job and my parents have already said they won’t help out once I’ve left. I can’t afford accommodation at Solent or Southampton so I’d have to stay at home, but the better unis anyway are Conventry and Loughborough which I can afford so I’m not sure what I should do.
Hi _Jss

I can't comment directly on the best path for you in terms of your career as that really is a personal decision. In terms of commuting vs. living in, I have commuted from Bournemouth to Solent for a couple of years and have found it a great source of saving money. My journey time isn't too long and I would recommend it to anyone that is seriously considering commuting. You may find you miss out on some of the social elements, but you can always arrange staying at a friends or getting a lift home.

In terms of the best option for you, only you will be able to decide that. Make sure you do your research and list what it is you are looking for from your time in education and then consider where best you can achieve this. Please let us know if you'd like any more information about studying at Solent, and anything about our courses as I can try to put you in contact with someone who knows more specifics.

Best of luck with your decision making!

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So I want to do fine art at uni but I have maths chemistry and physics a levels predicted at BCC, so I’m going to apply for a foundation course, the only issue is that I’m not sure about uni accommodation. I don’t have a particular future or career plan so I’ve not had my sights set to any university but all my friends seem to be looking at going to the best unis for their course and it just occurred to me that I should do the same, the only thing is that would it matter which one I chose if I don’t have a career plan? And also I live in romsey and I want to move out and like the idea of accommodation but I have social anxiety so it’s hard to keep a job and my parents have already said they won’t help out once I’ve left. I can’t afford accommodation at Solent or Southampton so I’d have to stay at home, but the better unis anyway are Conventry and Loughborough which I can afford so I’m not sure what I should do.
Hi _Jss,

Deciding on whether you want to go to university can be a really hard decision. And then choosing which university is right for you is a whole different ball game! I studied my undergraduate degree at Loughborough so hopefully I can provide some insight into the accommodation here.

I lived in halls in my first year and had the best time! Living in halls is such a great way to meet new people right from the first day and I really enjoyed my new found independence! Being in shared flats is great because you have the option to go out and socialise but if you need time to just chill on your own in your room, that is also ok! Here at Loughborough, there are a number of different halls with a range of different pricing options. You see these here. The Student Accommodation team are fantastic and always on hand to help with any problems. Many of our halls also have cleaners who visit regularly and the maintenance staff are always really friendly and helpful.

You also have the option to stay in halls for your second and third year, however there are lots of different accommodation options in town, if that is what you prefer! Similar to halls, there really is wide range of options all at different prices, so you should have no problem finding a house that is within your budget.

Hope this helps, happy to answer any questions!
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