Commuting to Durham uni rather than boarding

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I live in York how feasible would it be to commute to Durham uni rather than live on campus?
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It will take you 1 1/2hrs each way by car so 3 hrs travelling and that is before roadworks or hold ups, albeit the A1(M) is better these days. Trains are an option but limited. You will be tired from the travelling (if you can drive) will need time to chill, eat, sleep and do it all again? If you are reliant on bus or train any strikes, cancellations and delays can stop your plans in their tracks.

If your end goal is just to get to lectures 3 x a week and nothing more it may be achievable - but you would miss out a lot.

Your social life and freshers week is a whole part of independent Uni life - unless you already have family commitments and absolutely need to be at home. You will find making new friends more difficult because you won't be there for spontaneous nights out or at weekends and will forever be thinking about the journey home or how to get home. Your friends will forge ahead doing new things while you will be left at home. Catching up later listening to all their shared experiences can be really depressing.

If you have to do this just to get a degree fair enough. Why not try for York University if you are so intent on commuting?

Hope it all works out for you.
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Thank you for your insight! It's definitely food for thought.
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Travel alone makes any savings (which i'm assuming would be the reason for such an arrangement ie living at home through Uni) minimal. If money is a real concern Durham has some of the cheapest housing in the country in the nearby pit villages. Find some people who are equally thrifty to go in on a house in Sacriston, for example, and you'll be paying next to nowt per month.

I would also agree with the above that you stand a good chance of becoming resentful of your situation when you're unable to enjoy the social aspects of University life. It can seem trivial if you are a person who is very academically driven but it is, in my opinion, a huge part of the price of entry. If one of your reasons for wanting to stay is that you have a long term partner in York or a tight-knit group of friends that you don't want to leave behind, take comfort in the fact that they are only an hour away by train. And if you really want to stay in York, the University of York ain't half bad!
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