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Going to uni and living at home

I’m currently trying to decide whether i should live at home when doing my uni education or do accommodation. Anyone who’s lived at home during uni, that could provide me with some pros, cons and their overall experience?
Hi there,

I did not live at home during my first year of university but lived in student accommodation. I had quite a good experience with student accommodation and really enjoyed my time. I had some lovely flat mates who have become some of my closest friends. Due to going to a university far away from my parents meant that I was unable to choose to live in student accommodation but I think I would have chosen to live in student accommodation regardless as it gives you more freedom than living at home does.

Although I lived in student accommodation in my first year of university I had may friends who did not and choose to commute for various reasons. They have enjoyed the commuting and found it an ideal way to save a bit of money especially on rent. However, the main con they have found is that commuting can really take it out of you and they find it can be quite tiring especially when they have a lecture which runs till late. This con of commuting can be dependent on how far away from the university you are planning to study at is from your home as if it is within the same city or area then commuting will not be as bad then if it was about an hours drive or so.

I would say think about your options and which one would be the most viable especially with the distance you would be commuting. Another thing to take into consideration is how often you are in for lectures and seminars as if your are in everyday costs of commuting can become pricey as well as tiring. A lot of universities offer commuters accommodation for their commuting students a couple of times a week at a low cost. This could be something to look into if you decide to commute.

I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck with you studies at university 😊
Katie - Student Ambassador
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Original post by YSJstudents
Hi there,
I did not live at home during my first year of university but lived in student accommodation. I had quite a good experience with student accommodation and really enjoyed my time. I had some lovely flat mates who have become some of my closest friends. Due to going to a university far away from my parents meant that I was unable to choose to live in student accommodation but I think I would have chosen to live in student accommodation regardless as it gives you more freedom than living at home does.
Although I lived in student accommodation in my first year of university I had may friends who did not and choose to commute for various reasons. They have enjoyed the commuting and found it an ideal way to save a bit of money especially on rent. However, the main con they have found is that commuting can really take it out of you and they find it can be quite tiring especially when they have a lecture which runs till late. This con of commuting can be dependent on how far away from the university you are planning to study at is from your home as if it is within the same city or area then commuting will not be as bad then if it was about an hours drive or so.
I would say think about your options and which one would be the most viable especially with the distance you would be commuting. Another thing to take into consideration is how often you are in for lectures and seminars as if your are in everyday costs of commuting can become pricey as well as tiring. A lot of universities offer commuters accommodation for their commuting students a couple of times a week at a low cost. This could be something to look into if you decide to commute.
I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck with you studies at university 😊
Katie - Student Ambassador

Thank you for the help 😊
Hi there 👋.

It's entirely your choice and completely depends on your circumstances. I would suggest writing a pros and cons list between living in halls and commuting home. This way you can weigh up your options and consider the benefits to both, here are some pros and cons to start you off!:

Pros of living in halls:

•Living in Halls allows you especially in your first year to meet new people easier, and get to know people that are not necessarily in your course.
•Allows you to gain vital life skills such as cooking, cleaning, finance management, and time management.
•Automatically gives you more independence and allows you to try new things.
•Closer to the campus meaning you do not have to get up too early for lectures
•As you are living in the town, more opportunities to go out and socialise.

Cons to living in halls:

•Not everyone is clean and tidy
•Can be quite pricey
•Having to pay for laundry on-site
•The possibility of people borrowing your stuff

Pros of living at home:

•If you have pets, meaning you do not have to leave them behind with family
•Having your own independent space at the family home and not having to share with teenagers
•Reducing bills such as laundry, food, and going out.
•Easier to stay in contact with family and friends

Cons to living at home:

•You may not learn life skills as quickly if you are living with your parents
•The price of petrol/diesel can be quite expensive
•May miss out on going out and socialising as much

I have many friends at university who have decided to live in halls this year and commute home at weekends, in order to get the university experience but still remain close to home. It's about assessing what is the best for you as an individual.

Good luck,
Hannah - 1st Year Mental Health Nursing#
WrexhamUniReps
(edited 3 weeks ago)
Pros:
Get home to a nice meal
Stay with family
Save money

Cons:
Get treated like a kid
Travel a ridiculous amount
Not get to stay at uni late for events and such
Original post by Cerise01
I’m currently trying to decide whether i should live at home when doing my uni education or do accommodation. Anyone who’s lived at home during uni, that could provide me with some pros, cons and their overall experience?

Hi @Cerise01

I lived at home during my first 2 years and now I've moved out for my final few years!

One of the main pro's of living at home is that you save a lot more money! This is great if you're saving up for something like a car as it gives you a good head start!

As for the cons, I found that the commute was quite tiring each day - you don't realize it until you're in walking distance of the campus! Another con Is that if you want to go out at night, it does take a bit more planning on how you're getting there / getting home if you are driving or can't drive.

If you can afford to, I really enjoyed it when I moved out but either way, I'm sure you'll still have a great time at university - it is a really great experience!

I hope this helps,
Rebecca, UCLan

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