Home Vs. Halls ! Watch
at the moment, i don't know whether i want to live at home and commute or, take a deep breath and live in halls.
i'd like to know what people think the advantages and disadvantages are of commuting.
i'm not really fussed about travelling -- in fact i kinda like it, but i guess i'm just trying to figure out what i should do, because i'm sure it may get boring, tedious and the work might get to much, but idk.
just, tell me what you think.
i'd like to hear from everyone, whether you're a person applying to uni, a person who stayed in halls and loved/hated it, a person who lived at home and loved/hated it. whatever.
thank youuu (:[
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Depends on your status financially to be honest.
It can cost quite a lot.
Good Luck what ever you pick though...
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But anyway.. go for halls, I can't wait for it, it'll be much more fun!
Personally it's good to live away from home - you get to meet lots more new people and develop maturity/gain idependence. If you don't like it you can always return home in 2nd year ;]
The advantages of halls for me are; being close to the building where I have my lectures, being close to local amenities, meeting loads of different students, having my own bathroom.
But there are many disadvantages; cost, noise from flatmates and other people in the building, noise from the street, fire alarms, possibility of getting stuck with crap flatmates, sharing a kitchen with loads of people, not having mum's food.
i'll change it right away.
thank you so much everyone, i see that most people think living in halls is the best option, and hey, if i really hate it -- i can always move back home!
I personally love halls. I regret not being in halls closer to town (last night was a 40minute walk back from town, with a five minute stop off in someone's flat to pick up some stuff). But, you meet some good friends in halls, you can go out in the night and enjoy yourself, or stay in and do work; you don't have to worry about what time you're leaving lectures, catching trains, buses, or driving in rush hour traffic.
To be quite honest, for £3000, bills included, and free 24hour 10MB internet - I'm loving it. Next year, in a student house, will be a shock when I have to factor in water bills, electricity, internet, etc etc.
i can see the benefits of living at home because of costs and having to do housekeeping but i think its a good life lesson and you can get loans for all that.
universitys supposed to be like the best time of your life because you're free and finally an adult and i just like staying at home would be kind of a backwards step rather than a forwards one.
Personally I live at home and absolutely love uni. The advantages of living at home are immense - the money you save from just not having to pay rent or buy food or whatever (do, however, realise how much commuting will cost... it shocked me to find out how much it really cost - it's not insignificant!). Having food on the table for you, a family network around you and being close to friends from back home is all great. Personally as well I find it much easier to study during exam time as my house is rather quiet and no one bothers me - unlike what can be the case in student accommodation.
There are disadvantages and risks with commuting though and I think you have to be totally aware of these before you undertake your decision on whether to commute or live in. I'd be lying if I said that I haven't once wished I lived in uni accommodation. I've made great friends at uni and there's some times I just wish I could go to all the student parties with them or didn't have to travel back in the freezing cold or get up 2 and a half hours before a lecture starts or worry about whether you're going to get there in time for an exam because trains might be cancelled or whatever... It's all disadvantages. I have it particularly bad though because I'm at an awkward distance from uni - involving two trains really, so this might be easier for you.
It can be done veryu successfully and if I lived a little closer I'd say that I have actually felt no disadvantages at all and all advantages of commuting - but perhaps I've been lucky with the friends that I have made or whatever. What I believe though is that if you want to make commuting work, it will work for you. You have to go in with realistic expectations knowing what you are saving and why you chose it, be flexible (hang around after lectures) and you'll make some good friends - you might be living away but live the uni experience full time or else you'll probably regret it. Sure there's things you'll miss out on - but these are both good and bad... Choose wisely and don't forget, you're never stuck with your decision if it doesn't work for you... either way!
Its alright at first, its exciting and new and even if your flatmates turn out to be *******, for the first few weeks/first semester its generally great. After that though, the novelty wore off for me. Fire alarms, being woken up by noise constantly, room inspections, flat inspections etc etc wernt worth it.
For your first year maybe live in halls just so you can have the experience and meet some people, get yourself established, get to know your way around the university city and so on. Then in second/third year if you arnt too fussed move back home and commute then. Just because you move out first year, doesnt have to mean you move out for good, its just a good experience to have
Oh wait, I have no money and wont be getting any money off the government or my parents to move out. Lol, thats a nice slap of reality again D:
If you're thinking of moving into halls but think you can just leave to live at home, I'd seriously read all the small print. I'm still paying for my accommodation even though I'm not living there.