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How many times do you have to go to university in a week? (Computer Science)

Hi I'll be starting uni in September 2024 :smile: The university that I want to go to is 30-40 minutes away by car from where I live, so I decided to not apply for student accommodation.

I was wondering though - how many days do you have to actually be in your university in a week for lectures, practicals, etc? (The course I'll be doing is computer science.) I'm hoping I won't have to drive back and forth 5 days a week.
Original post by AbhaK
Hi I'll be starting uni in September 2024 :smile: The university that I want to go to is 30-40 minutes away by car from where I live, so I decided to not apply for student accommodation.

I was wondering though - how many days do you have to actually be in your university in a week for lectures, practicals, etc? (The course I'll be doing is computer science.) I'm hoping I won't have to drive back and forth 5 days a week.

The number of days upon which someone at a different university has at least one lecture / seminar / tutorial / whatever for their Computer Science course isn't likely to tell you very much about how many days you will have to attend at your university for your Computer Science course.

Also, is traveling 30-40 minutes such a disaster? Many people will have that sort of journey from year 2 onwards anyway.
Original post by AbhaK
Hi I'll be starting uni in September 2024 :smile: The university that I want to go to is 30-40 minutes away by car from where I live, so I decided to not apply for student accommodation.
I was wondering though - how many days do you have to actually be in your university in a week for lectures, practicals, etc? (The course I'll be doing is computer science.) I'm hoping I won't have to drive back and forth 5 days a week.

Hi!

As said above it does depend on your university. If your university timetable isn't out yet could you look at last years to get an idea? With our timetables at Heriot-Watt generally there are two tutorial slots for each subject a week but you choose only one to attend (this just splits the class up so you can receive more help in tutorials if needed), so if you do find a timetable and it looks like you're in a tutorial 24/7 that might be why.

For me in both first and second year I was in 4 days a week generally with one of those 4 being a half day. This may be similar for you or may be completely different. This also changed when coursework deadline would be coming up as I'd stay generally most days of the week to get the coursework done, but that's obviously dependent on what you choose to do.

I hope this helps!

- Jessica
2nd year, Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)
Hi there,

As a Computer Science student, you can expect a mix of scheduled classes and private study time.

If you're a full time student, you may have up to 35 hours of timetabled classes, whereas as a part-time student, it can be up to 20 hours.

The timetable differs with each course and each university; therefore, it would be best if you reached out to the alumni or current lecturers and ask about the previous schedules just so you can get an idea of what it looks like.

Additionally, remember that on top of the timetabled classes, you are expected to complete around 20 hours of private study.

I know it might seem like a lot but remember that this workload is essential for building a strong foundation in Computer Science.

I hope I managed to help!

Best of luck,
Melanie
LSBU Rep

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