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Year 12s: do you think cost of living will impact your university choices?

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Year 12s: do you think cost of living will impact your university choices?

Yes, it's a big factor in my decision-making 34%
Somewhat - It will inform some of my decisions 31%
I will need to do more research first 7%
No - I'll consider other factors first, but I am worried about affording things 15%
No - the increases don't affect me 11%
Something else (tell us in the thread)1%
Total votes: 222
Hi there year 12s :wavey:

As you navigate the exciting path toward higher education, we're interested in understanding all of the most important factors guiding your decisions.

It's no secret that one significant consideration on the minds of many is the cost of living :ahhhhh:So, we want to hear from you; how much weight does this financial aspect carry in shaping your university choices? :confused:

Share your views in this poll and join the conversation below!
Reply 1
i think u have to be aware all the time if wht u want to by is actually worth it
also u cant like over use cauze ur money has to last
so it kinda does
Original post by JF ZAK
i think u have to be aware all the time if wht u want to by is actually worth it
also u cant like over use cauze ur money has to last
so it kinda does

Definitely! These are some really good points 🙂
Reply 3
Original post by CamembertPaws
Definitely! These are some really good points 🙂

thankx
Hi there,

I am a student who decided to attend and commute to a university that's fairly close to me to save money. I realised it wasn't worth spending thousands of pounds on accommodation. The prices of the accommodation also depend on the area the university is based in. For example, I go to Coventry University, which has more than one campus. Accommodations based in Coventry is fairly cheap but compare that to the accommodation based in London, it's at least 10 times more expensive.

Nevertheless, factors you should also consider are things like early morning lectures at 9am, train and bus strikes, delays or cancellations, your home environment (whether it's a nice, comfortable environment and easy to study in or whether it's a noisy environment which is difficult to study in), if you want to starting learning to be responsible and many more.

Yes I did save money but was it worth waking up at 5:30am just to travel to a 9am lecture? Rail strikes were also a pain, which affected my attendance. It was also difficult or impossible to get to work on time in Coventry as a result of rail strikes. As well as rail strikes, delays and cancellations were also unprecedented and annoying. One time the train stopped mid way because one of the carriages were faulty and so the train didn't move for about 2 hrs. This incident occured very late in the evening on my way back home from university. Alternatively if you can drive a car, it would be a lot easier. Yet again you have to consider fuel costs and maintenance of the car. The list just goes on.

So do I regret not staying in accommodation? No. But would I ever do this again if I get a job or study Masters? Maybe not.. You decide what's best for you. There are flaws to commuting to uni and staying in accommodation but I'm sure one of them will definitely be a better option that the other depending on your situation.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,

Narusha
Coventry University Student Ambassador

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