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Accommodation or commuting from home?

Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone had any advice on whether it’s best to use university accommodation or commute from home. For context, I live about 20 minutes away from the city I will be going back to university in by train. However with a placement involved and it being a small course, I don’t want to add additional travel stress or miss out on making friends. I lived in university accommodation for my undergrad and loved it, but with postgrad it’s a different university with more expensive accommodation options. Any advice?
You can travel from home and on the nights when the group / your friends are going on the lash then book a Travelodge or Travel Inn and stay over so that you can drink and enjoy the night.
Original post by mike23mike
You can travel from home and on the nights when the group / your friends are going on the lash then book a Travelodge or Travel Inn and stay over so that you can drink and enjoy the night.


That’s a really good point thank you!!
Original post by geeblossoms
Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone had any advice on whether it’s best to use university accommodation or commute from home. For context, I live about 20 minutes away from the city I will be going back to university in by train. However with a placement involved and it being a small course, I don’t want to add additional travel stress or miss out on making friends. I lived in university accommodation for my undergrad and loved it, but with postgrad it’s a different university with more expensive accommodation options. Any advice?


Live in accommodation trust me think of all the drinking and sex you can get away with
Original post by Melly moo
Live in accommodation trust me think of all the drinking and sex you can get away with


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Original post by geeblossoms
Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone had any advice on whether it’s best to use university accommodation or commute from home. For context, I live about 20 minutes away from the city I will be going back to university in by train. However with a placement involved and it being a small course, I don’t want to add additional travel stress or miss out on making friends. I lived in university accommodation for my undergrad and loved it, but with postgrad it’s a different university with more expensive accommodation options. Any advice?

For postgrad I would say live at home for the first month and then re-evaluate once you have got into things. Often cheaper accommodation (filling rooms of people who dropped out) becomes available partway through the term/year so you can always choose to move closer later on if the commute isn’t working out
Original post by PQ
For postgrad I would say live at home for the first month and then re-evaluate once you have got into things. Often cheaper accommodation (filling rooms of people who dropped out) becomes available partway through the term/year so you can always choose to move closer later on if the commute isn’t working out

That’s great advice thank you very much
Original post by geeblossoms
Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone had any advice on whether it’s best to use university accommodation or commute from home. For context, I live about 20 minutes away from the city I will be going back to university in by train. However with a placement involved and it being a small course, I don’t want to add additional travel stress or miss out on making friends. I lived in university accommodation for my undergrad and loved it, but with postgrad it’s a different university with more expensive accommodation options. Any advice?

Hey there @geeblossoms !
I think it's important to weigh up your pro's and con's here. If you say you're only around 20 minutes away then truthfully, commuting wouldn't be a bad option for you. In saying that, sometimes trains can be unreliable and there's a lot of strikes going on at the moment so if you do decide to commute then it's very important to have a back-up option of how you'll get in, should there be a problem with the trains. There is always the chance that friends will be harder to make if you commute because most people at university socialise through going out. That's not to say there's not other things you can do but you'll have to go that extra mile to make other plans that you can get involved with. The people on your course will be your best bet for making friends if you choose to commute as they will be the people you spend the majority of your time with. Try joining some Facebook groups to find your coursemates early and start making friends so that things are easier when your course starts.

You could live at student accommodation for your postgrad, however at postgrad level there's always a chance people in accommodation just want to get their heads down and work so it depends on how much of a social person you are. You say you're going on placement, is this placement in the city you're doing your postgrad in? If so, have a think about how much time you'll be spending in the city as opposed to at home when placement starts. If it works out at more hours spent in the city then it might be worth having a think about student accommodation.

Hope this helped!
Lucy - Digital Student Ambassador SHU

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