Conflicted on whether I should transfer to a differen uni for my second year or not?

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I’m in my first year of uni at Kings college. It was my firm choice but I was never really keen on going there or to a London uni (I already live in London so I commute). I wanted to experience living on campus outside of London. I’m finding myself not really enjoying my uni experience, yes I know the pandemic has made things harder but even before then when I was going into uni, I really just didn’t think that uni is for me. I’m studying history and the course/teaching isn’t bad but I just feel generally unhappy. I complete my essays and do quite well in them but I wanted to have a more exciting and rounder experience at uni rather than just me doing work and not having fun. I was looking into if I could possibly transfer to Uni of Nottingham or Loughbough uni- two unis which I was interested in at college. I do feel like I’d have a better experience living on campus at either one of those unis but then there’s always the risk that I might not. I’ve never lived away from home and I’m quite close to my family so naturally I’m really nervous about that aspect of it too. I’m really conflicted as to what I should do. I could either complete my first year and transfer to another uni or continue where I am. The benefits of continuing where I am- is living at home in a familiar place with my family near me. But with that comfortability, I’m still not having fun. The benefits of transferring means I could potentially have a lot more fun and more independence. Which would make me happier overall. Any advice on what I should I do?
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I’m in my first year of uni at Kings college. It was my firm choice but I was never really keen on going there or to a London uni (I already live in London so I commute). I wanted to experience living on campus outside of London. I’m finding myself not really enjoying my uni experience, yes I know the pandemic has made things harder but even before then when I was going into uni, I really just didn’t think that uni is for me. I’m studying history and the course/teaching isn’t bad but I just feel generally unhappy. I complete my essays and do quite well in them but I wanted to have a more exciting and rounder experience at uni rather than just me doing work and not having fun. I was looking into if I could possibly transfer to Uni of Nottingham or Loughbough uni- two unis which I was interested in at college. I do feel like I’d have a better experience living on campus at either one of those unis but then there’s always the risk that I might not. I’ve never lived away from home and I’m quite close to my family so naturally I’m really nervous about that aspect of it too. I’m really conflicted as to what I should do. I could either complete my first year and transfer to another uni or continue where I am. The benefits of continuing where I am- is living at home in a familiar place with my family near me. But with that comfortability, I’m still not having fun. The benefits of transferring means I could potentially have a lot more fun and more independence. Which would make me happier overall. Any advice on what I should I do?
firstly, research into which unis accept transfers because from what im aware different unis have different policies on transfers. Maybe talk to your family about how your feeling and see what they think because you said you were close to your family. I think that as long as you continue to do well academically and enjoy yourself then moving out seems like a good option. You can always go see your family on the weekends and holidays and call them regularly so you can keep that close relationship with them. But also think about it carefully because I know people who have transferred and loved it and others who have wanted to transfer back
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I will definitely do more research on the unis that I’ll be able to directly transfer into the second year to. Your last point is kind of what I’m worried about. Whether I’ll end up regretting it and by that point I’ll have it stick with that new uni for 2 years away from home. It’s definitely a big decision to think about. Thanks for the advice 😊

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firstly, research into which unis accept transfers because from what im aware different unis have different policies on transfers. Maybe talk to your family about how your feeling and see what they think because you said you were close to your family. I think that as long as you continue to do well academically and enjoy yourself then moving out seems like a good option. You can always go see your family on the weekends and holidays and call them regularly so you can keep that close relationship with them. But also think about it carefully because I know people who have transferred and loved it and others who have wanted to transfer back
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I’m in my first year of uni at Kings college. It was my firm choice but I was never really keen on going there or to a London uni (I already live in London so I commute). I wanted to experience living on campus outside of London. I’m finding myself not really enjoying my uni experience, yes I know the pandemic has made things harder but even before then when I was going into uni, I really just didn’t think that uni is for me. I’m studying history and the course/teaching isn’t bad but I just feel generally unhappy. I complete my essays and do quite well in them but I wanted to have a more exciting and rounder experience at uni rather than just me doing work and not having fun. I was looking into if I could possibly transfer to Uni of Nottingham or Loughbough uni- two unis which I was interested in at college. I do feel like I’d have a better experience living on campus at either one of those unis but then there’s always the risk that I might not. I’ve never lived away from home and I’m quite close to my family so naturally I’m really nervous about that aspect of it too. I’m really conflicted as to what I should do. I could either complete my first year and transfer to another uni or continue where I am. The benefits of continuing where I am- is living at home in a familiar place with my family near me. But with that comfortability, I’m still not having fun. The benefits of transferring means I could potentially have a lot more fun and more independence. Which would make me happier overall. Any advice on what I should I do?
i think given that COVID is likely to affect the uni experience next year, you need to just stick with it

plus Loughborough has similar issues socially - it's quite a small market town where the campus is quiet and is a 30 min walk to the centre. perfect for me but not the nightclub-land that Nottingham is.
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If you are applying (and are accepted) to transfer into second year, have you investigated whether you would be likely to get actual 'on campus' accommodation? A lot of universities only guarantee accommodation to new first years.
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i think given that COVID is likely to affect the uni experience next year, you need to just stick with it

plus Loughborough has similar issues socially - it's quite a small market town where the campus is quiet and is a 30 min walk to the centre. perfect for me but not the nightclub-land that Nottingham is.
Oh that’s interesting. I think because I’ll be a fresher, I’ll qualify for uni halls. I guess that in itself is part of the uni experience I feel like I’m missing. Excluding the clubs/parties, being able to just socialise in that way seems a lot more fun than not being able to. I understand your point but I really don’t want to be in a position where my social contact is limited to the point where it’s non existent
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(Original post by Isinglass)
If you are applying (and are accepted) to transfer into second year, have you investigated whether you would be likely to get actual 'on campus' accommodation? A lot of universities only guarantee accommodation to new first years.
Yeah good point, I’ve watched videos on other people talking about transferring and from what I’ve heard, they prioritise all freshers, but that might only be specific to the universities those people were talking about. So yeah I’ll definitely need to look into that for the two unis I’m considering
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