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Accommodation vs commute

I live 45 minutes away from uni and for the first year I have been commuting as I only have to go onto campus 3 times a week. I also have relatives in Bristol which means I only travel twice a week. For year 2, I expect to be on campus 4 or 5 times a week. Is it worth getting accommodation or should I just commute each day?
I always say Halls is better for so many reasons. But the short answer is it depends on what your priorities are like if social life is you priority then halls is way better. Academics it depends on how well you work in different situations but if you have very long breaks in a day having accommodation might be more comfortable. independence obviously you will be more independent in halls.

I suspect finance is a big one so work it out how much is accommodation how much is the train and which once will save you money?
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For my first year of Uni I commuted to Bristol 3x week and it was fine. However for 2nd year I expect to have to go onto campus 4 or 5x week. It would be cheaper to commute but definitely more hassle to.
Any thoughts?
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Original post by Jfrost2
For my first year of Uni I commuted to Bristol 3x week and it was fine. However for 2nd year I expect to have to go onto campus 4 or 5x week. It would be cheaper to commute but definitely more hassle to.
Any thoughts?

Hi!

I personally commute 2 days a week and even that can be frustrating sometimes haha - how different is the cost of living and commuting, as it’s important to consider the hidden costs of commuting too (trains, buses, petrol, added mileage on your car). Also, you have a more severe time cost with commuting - e.g an hour each way, 5 days a week is 10 hours out of your week which could’ve been spent working/revising or even just relaxing.

Worth considering all these things!! :smile:

Best of luck with everything
Natalie
Original post by Jfrost2
For my first year of Uni I commuted to Bristol 3x week and it was fine. However for 2nd year I expect to have to go onto campus 4 or 5x week. It would be cheaper to commute but definitely more hassle to.
Any thoughts?

It depends how long of a commute we're talking about.

But I'm a big fan of moving out. It's a different experience than staying at home. Might not necessarily be more expensive than commuting, but even if it is, it has the added advantage of reducing your tiredness due to commuting.

Definitely worth to consider moving out, in my opinion.

Edit: I noticed you made another thread on the same matter so I merged them - here at TSR we like to keep things reasonably tidy so if you have a question, please only create a single thread about it, thanks :smile:

Edit P.S.: 45 minutes isn't that long of a commute so I don't see any big issues in continue to commute but the better you can be to university, the better, and there are of course other advantages to moving out as stated by others.
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Original post by Jfrost2
I live 45 minutes away from uni and for the first year I have been commuting as I only have to go onto campus 3 times a week. I also have relatives in Bristol which means I only travel twice a week. For year 2, I expect to be on campus 4 or 5 times a week. Is it worth getting accommodation or should I just commute each day?

Hey there @Jfrost2 !

It depends what your 45 minutes is. Is it 45 minutes by train or driving? I think for 45 minutes by bus or car each day then you might want to think about looking at accommodation. It's also a good experience for you to try living in student accommodation for one year. You might decide you really like it and want to carry on in the years to come. If it's 45 minutes by train then it's up to you really. Try working out how much money you'll save from commuting in comparison to just getting accommodation for your second year. I'd personally say it's worth you getting accommodation but it's completely up to you.

Hope this helped!
Lucy - Digital Student Ambassador SHU
Original post by Jfrost2
I live 45 minutes away from uni and for the first year I have been commuting as I only have to go onto campus 3 times a week. I also have relatives in Bristol which means I only travel twice a week. For year 2, I expect to be on campus 4 or 5 times a week. Is it worth getting accommodation or should I just commute each day?

Hi! 🙂

I’d say whether you choose accommodation or to commute depends on how you have found travelling during your 1st year. Did you find you could not study at home due to fatigue from travelling? If so, having to travel 4 or 5 times a week may impair your ability to do the expected amount of work during the week.

Also, is the social aspect of university important to you? If so, accommodation may be the best option, as I have found that as a commuting student, it can be more difficult to enjoy the social perks of living in halls.

I hope this helps! 🙂

Estelle
Third Year Psychology
University of Huddersfield
Original post by Jfrost2
I live 45 minutes away from uni and for the first year I have been commuting as I only have to go onto campus 3 times a week. I also have relatives in Bristol which means I only travel twice a week. For year 2, I expect to be on campus 4 or 5 times a week. Is it worth getting accommodation or should I just commute each day?

Depends on what you want to get out of uni and how long of a commute it is (and by what means i.e. by bike).

Personally, if I lived within an hours radius walk of the uni - I would just commute - especially if you're able to mooch of your parents/relatives.

If you plan to prioritise the social aspects of uni, then halls are considerably better for that.

Renting can be quite miserable - especially with some people who you think are okay and then once living with them you realise that they are awful housemates (i.e. the fork horder who doesn't return any of the forks, never washes them, and always steals my forks!!!!!)
Original post by Jfrost2
I live 45 minutes away from uni and for the first year I have been commuting as I only have to go onto campus 3 times a week. I also have relatives in Bristol which means I only travel twice a week. For year 2, I expect to be on campus 4 or 5 times a week. Is it worth getting accommodation or should I just commute each day?

Hi!
I think it depends on a few factors. Firstly, which would be better for you? Would you prefer to be on campus all the time and socialise there, or would you rather have a uni/home split? Secondly, which is more financially viable? At the end of the day, it really depends which you think would be best for you. I personally loved living on campus last year as I felt like I really had an opportunity to get involved in uni life (and I could get up later for the 9am classes)!
-Kat (2nd year psychology student at Lancaster University)

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