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I’m going to university in London this September and I already live here. From my house, I could get to uni in around 25 minutes. However, the accommodation I have been offered in 35 minutes away from campus and is on the opposite side of London to me.

I’d feel comfortable with staying home, but I keep hearing it’s the worst decision I could make and I’ll be miserable for it (socially). Any advice?
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I’m going to university in London this September and I already live here. From my house, I could get to uni in around 25 minutes. However, the accommodation I have been offered in 35 minutes away from campus and is on the opposite side of London to me.

I’d feel comfortable with staying home, but I keep hearing it’s the worst decision I could make and I’ll be miserable for it (socially). Any advice?
I'd just do what makes you most comfortable to be honest because socialising is not exclusive to living in accommodation and also it will most likely be significantly cheaper to just live at home. Ultimately the choice is yours, I will be starting uni this September and I will be living at home despite my uni being a pretty significant distance away (due to cost reasons) and I don't feel like I will be at any less able to socialise with people despite the travelling and living at home.

Hope this helped in some way or eased some of the worries you may have.
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I’m going to university in London this September and I already live here. From my house, I could get to uni in around 25 minutes. However, the accommodation I have been offered in 35 minutes away from campus and is on the opposite side of London to me.

I’d feel comfortable with staying home, but I keep hearing it’s the worst decision I could make and I’ll be miserable for it (socially). Any advice?
Hi!
I completely agree that staying at home is the right option for some people. Ultimately the choice is yours and it all comes down to what makes you feel more comfortable. But it won't hinder your socialisation. There are plenty of ways to make friends at uni - through societies and clubs, through your course or faculty, through common interests, etc.
I was living at university this year but, because of covid, I was stuck at home for half of the year. I just finished my first year so making friends was one of the most important things for me and being at home didn't hinder me too much. Of course if you live at university you will have your flatmates, but I found so many other ways to connect with people. Groupchats and social media are a big part of making friends at uni and I can honestly say they were so helpful for me.
There are pros and cons of both living at home and living at university, but don't let the social side of things put you off living at home if you think it is the best thing for you to do.
Hope that helps!
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I’m going to university in London this September and I already live here. From my house, I could get to uni in around 25 minutes. However, the accommodation I have been offered in 35 minutes away from campus and is on the opposite side of London to me.

I’d feel comfortable with staying home, but I keep hearing it’s the worst decision I could make and I’ll be miserable for it (socially). Any advice?
London accommodation is expensive i would say stay at home. one benefit is that you accrue less debt after uni is done also you don't have to deal with annoying room mates
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I’m going to university in London this September and I already live here. From my house, I could get to uni in around 25 minutes. However, the accommodation I have been offered in 35 minutes away from campus and is on the opposite side of London to me.

I’d feel comfortable with staying home, but I keep hearing it’s the worst decision I could make and I’ll be miserable for it (socially). Any advice?
Hello,

I agree with the great advice already left on this thread.

There is definitely a stigma around living at home for university, but I think it just isn't what is considered the norm! You have already listed one benefit which is that you have a shorter commute.

You would still be able to attend societies, go into the city with course mates after lectures, go on nights out and any other social events. You would just be going to a different location at the end of the night! I would love to go my parent's house after a university night out as the fridge is always way more full than mine is! :lol:

At the end of the day it is your decision and you know what will be best for you. Don't let other people's opinions change your mind. As long as you get stuck in and reach out to people, there is no reason that you should have a bad experience.

Lydia
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