Meeting friends in uni

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Hi, me and a friend are aiming to go to the same uni

But I would be doing computer science, and the other in accounting.
So different subjects

How often would I see my friend during uni, or is it I'm guessing you would just see them after uni?
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You could always meet up in the evenings or between lectures, depends how far apart you are I guess. What I will say is that you will make new friends very quickly, that’s not to say you will forget about old ones - but try not to pie off potential new friends because your mate is down the road.
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Hi, me and a friend are aiming to go to the same uni

But I would be doing computer science, and the other in accounting.
So different subjects

How often would I see my friend during uni, or is it I'm guessing you would just see them after uni?
Uni is not prison, you will be able to see your mate in the evenings and on weekends. Also you wont have lectures everyday, so you can meet up when you are available.
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Hi, me and a friend are aiming to go to the same uni

But I would be doing computer science, and the other in accounting.
So different subjects

How often would I see my friend during uni, or is it I'm guessing you would just see them after uni?
Hi there,

That's great that you and your friend are both going to the same university, Im sure that'll make it a bit easier for you in your move!

In regards to seeing your friend, there definitely are a lot of opportunities! You could see each other everyday if you really wanted to! It depends on the timetables of your courses, but there are definitely opportunities to meet up in the library, or go grab lunch together. But, if you both have clashing timetables, after 5:00pm usually there are no lectures / workshops, which means that you could meet up on campus or in the town/city.

I hope that's eased some of your worries!

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Hi, me and a friend are aiming to go to the same uni

But I would be doing computer science, and the other in accounting.
So different subjects

How often would I see my friend during uni, or is it I'm guessing you would just see them after uni?
Hey!

That's lovely to hear you and your friend are going to the same uni! You would pretty much be able to see them as much as you like depending on how often each of you have lecturers/seminars to attend! From my experience, uni timetables tend to be less intense in comparison to sixth form for example because there is more independent work to be doing at uni outside of the seminar times. But you could definitely meet pretty much everyday if you have gaps at the same time and neither of you have too much on. You will probably be able to go to the library and study together if you wanted to or grab a coffee! You will also have time in the evening if you're both free and of course weekends!

Best of luck with everything!
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You should be able to see each other plenty. It's unlikely you'll be in uni 9-5 every day, so when you get your timetables, just compare when you have days off.

Also, if it's on the same campus you'll be able to meet for lunch, meet in between uni lessons (sometimes there are 1-2 hr gaps between lectures/seminars), meet in the library or other uni study spaces etc.

Really, how often you see your friend throughout the day/week is up to the both of you

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Hi, me and a friend are aiming to go to the same uni

But I would be doing computer science, and the other in accounting.
So different subjects

How often would I see my friend during uni, or is it I'm guessing you would just see them after uni?
Are you in the same halls?
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Hi, me and a friend are aiming to go to the same uni

But I would be doing computer science, and the other in accounting.
So different subjects

How often would I see my friend during uni, or is it I'm guessing you would just see them after uni?
Hi!

The current replies have all answered this really well So I won't add too much! But there are lots of opportunities to see your friend before, during, and after uni, it just depends on timetabling and you're free time really

I happened to go to the same university as some of my friends and in my personal experience, we met up a lot before and after classes for coffee, studying, and just general catch-ups. Exam periods we would see eachother less due to having less free time, but I never felt like uni prevented me from seeing them

I hope that helps and brings you some reassurance

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Hi, me and a friend are aiming to go to the same uni

But I would be doing computer science, and the other in accounting.
So different subjects

How often would I see my friend during uni, or is it I'm guessing you would just see them after uni?
Hi Umayrc63

What everyone else has said is totally correct! You will be able to see your friend as often as you like. Depending on your timetables some days you might be able to grab lunch together or a coffee and others maybe hang out after uni and of course you will have your weekends! When you have self study time you could even arrange study sessions in the library and work together that way.

Sometimes of course you may be too busy during exam periods or around assessment deadlines but that's the same for everyone in university. You will be surprised how much time you will be able to spend together it just might be in different ways to what you are used to!

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The reason I asked this is because I have another situation. I have finished A level and have uni offers for Bsc computer science 3 years

Also I have a offer of a level 4 network engineer (where its not just that, they will rotate me on 4 it jobs), where I can do a level 6 after in the one i want to do and get a degree in digital and tech solutions on that job path. They will both take me around 4 years total.

But I will be working for the rest of my life, why should I not enjoy social life/young life at 18 and have time to do things as uni is a couple hours a day (plus own study time of course). Rather than getting into 8-5 and working for the rest of my life (60 is average retiring age).The apprenticeship is a 8-5, but I will need to wake up at 5am and will get home at around 7. So more than a 12 hour day 5 days a week from september at 18 years old. I won't have time except weekends, but I don't know if I will still be working on projects etc.
The Level 4 training is online, I will get 15 days off across the 2 years to do the online stuff. And the level 6 degree is online too by QA, no uni, for 56 days across the 2 years.

I am worried I will regret in the future not enjoying my young life, by going to uni getting a placement year/internship, having that free time with friends/social life, .and getting the same job I could get in the apprenticeship.
Also, i will be their first apprentice. So there will be no one thats 18, youngest are grads (21/22). So no one like me to socialise with

(Paying for uni is not a big factor for me, so debt is not a factor for me as a con to going uni. Imagine that the uni is being paid for in cash essentially, no loan)
The decision is completely up to you, it's your life, so you get to choose which path is best for you. Uni is an amazing experience, so if you don't want to miss out then don't. If it doesn't affect the job you want to get afterwards, there's nothing wrong with choosing the easier option. Uni is still hard work, but it definitely won't be the crazy hours you would be experiencing on your apprenticeship.

Don't let the idea of those being 21-22 not being able to socialise with you be a factor though, there are bound to be people of this age on your uni course, and you are likely to get on with them.

If you are unsure, you could write a realistic pro and cons list. Are there any pros for apprenticeship vs uni? You just want to be sure that whatever decision you make, you are sure of and happy with it

I hope this helps.

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At the risk of repeating…
Some universities are city based in office style blocks that are scattered around and depending on the courses taught in that building, could be next door or miles away
Most campus universities have central hubs for catering or socialising, or have a few scattered about.

Many students don’t have lectures 9-5. It’s not school. You have loads of free time that a wise person divides between study and leisure Traditionally Wednesday afternoons are lecture free because of sports.
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Hi, me and a friend are aiming to go to the same uni

But I would be doing computer science, and the other in accounting.
So different subjects

How often would I see my friend during uni, or is it I'm guessing you would just see them after uni?
Whenever you want.

no reason you can’t chill round each other’s place when you’re not in uni or grab lunch or afternoon pint or link up for pres…
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Hi, me and a friend are aiming to go to the same uni

But I would be doing computer science, and the other in accounting.
So different subjects

How often would I see my friend during uni, or is it I'm guessing you would just see them after uni?
Hi Umayrc63!

It's so nice to hear that you and your friend would like to go to the same uni! Seeing them will probably not happen too often during the week when you both have classes, as your timetables may not line up, but you can arrange to meet in between lectures (might be a bit hard if you are on different parts of campus, but it's very easy to say let's meet at a cafe/library or something). You will also definitely be able to see your friend after uni, since your latest lecture will probably end off at 6pm and you can meet up afterwards. Your timetables may also have a free day or a specific day that ends early to accommodate for extra curriculars, will certainly be able to find time during the week. You can even take a chance and accompany them to one of their classes! You'll also definitely have time on weekends as well, if you can't find time in between classes during the week, which is unlikely.

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Hi, me and a friend are aiming to go to the same uni

But I would be doing computer science, and the other in accounting.
So different subjects

How often would I see my friend during uni, or is it I'm guessing you would just see them after uni?
Hi there!

My name is Eleanor and I thought I would give you some insight on how friends are like at University.

For example, my partner and most of my friends are from media production whilst I'm an Illustration student, though both creative, we had different schedules, they would have trips, films festivals, go on for weeks filming with their crews and so on, whilst I would either be in the studios or at home working. Regardless of this, I was able to see my partner and my friends every single day and it was possible to see them for lunches and during our lecture breaks.

The thing is, if you want to see each other and hang out together, do it! No one is stopping you except yourselves, its easy to stay friends and make the time regardless of what either of you are doing. For me, my oldest and closest friend went to Birmingham but we made sure we stayed friends and saw each other whenever we could but this was usually weekends or when our terms had ended. But it worked and we're closer than ever... We just made the effort to stay friends! And that's all you need!

I hope this helps- if you two are worried about this for whatever reason, you could see if you could share the same student accommodation or try living together for second and third year depending if you are staying on campus rather than commuting.

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Don't let the idea of those being 21-22 not being able to socialise with you be a factor though
This would be the people at the apprenticeship, as ill be the only apprentice so the youngest people there will be grads

Pros Apprenticeship
- 'Guaranteed' job
- Level 4 (2 years) then level 6 (2 years), so can get a degree in digital and technology solutions
- in the level4 i will rotate between 4 job roles, then choose which I want to do level 6 in

Cons Apprenticeship
- 8 to 5 role. But I will need to wake up at 5am, and will come home at around 7pm. Less time to do things rather than if i was at uni
- I'm the only apprentice, so the youngest people there are grads 21/22. Might not be able to socialise with them as no one that is 18
- the retiring age is 60, essentially the way it works is you work for someone till that age (unless self employed of course). I would be starting that proces at a very young age, when i could stay in education for 3 more years. Have more time, fun etc in uni rather than 12 hour days when I am 18
- Can be asked to come into weekends, so maybe might have more work to do
- (not really a con) during the level 4 there are only 15 days online work, and the level 6 has about 56 online days studying the degree. So doesnt really impact much
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Hi, me and a friend are aiming to go to the same uni

But I would be doing computer science, and the other in accounting.
So different subjects

How often would I see my friend during uni, or is it I'm guessing you would just see them after uni?
Hey hey,

You can definitely meet your friend lots and lots so do not worry, you will just have to make time and effort for each other and work around each others busy schedules! There will definitely be lots of opportunities! You could see each other everyday if you really wanted to! Meeting up for lunch during the weekday will be likely. This can be done in the library, uni cafes and grounds or somewhere off campus. If you find you have a heavy workload one particular week or you both have clashing timetables, after 5:00pm usually there are no lectures / workshops, which means you could meet up on campus or in the town/city.

You will also definitely have time in the eve to go out or meet up at one another's houses and on weekends as well, if you can't find time in between classes during the week, which is unlikely.

Hope this has helped!
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