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    If I were to get into the university in my city, would there be any point moving into accommodation? It would save a lot of money + may seem pointless but would I be missing out on socialising + independence?
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    Personally, I'd save myself the money! I could spend it on something better, and from all I'd be saving I could do a lot more partying and stuff... but that's just me.
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    (Original post by G50)
    Personally, I'd save myself the money! I could spend it on something better, and from all I'd be saving I could do a lot more partying and stuff... but that's just me.
    Ah, yes. I like this perspective of it
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    There's a few girls who are locals that live at home at my university and they still go to the same events and nights out as I do. There's always someone that they can stay with, they have more money than us so can always afford to go to nights out... And at the end of the day they have the choice if they want to stay at home or not. One girl ended up sharing a house with her friend for about 3 months but left because it wasn't working out. Whatever you do you've always got options
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    You will miss out a bit, but I think its overrated how much you will. The sort of things I'm guessing you'd miss would simply be having friends in the same halls who came into your room for cups of tea/midnight/late night drinking and so on. So basically alot of the spontaneous stuff. But if you get your friends to simply text you when things are happening then you can still hang out at their halls which would give you the best of both.

    Personally I'd love to live in my own home while at Uni because I hate having to share disgusting dirty kitchens/bathrooms and living in rooms with thin walls where you can hear all the shouting/tomfoolery/frequently get woken up/prevented from sleeping (if your'e a light sleeper like me) but that's just me. I think most people aren't bothered by those kind of details and like the social side of things. (Also my parent's house is so much nicer than halls) And obviously saving money is a massive plus. Additionally at most Universities, first year is the worst in terms of accommodation because halls are often not that nice, whereas second and third you rent houses with people you know you'll enjoy living with. So if you miss out on the social side then you can make up for it by getting a house with friends in the later two years, which will probably be nicer anyway.
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    Honestly - move out.

    My girlfriend didn't and, although her accom was ********, she regrets not having the experience that I did. I've made some of the greatest friends in my first year primarily because I live with them. Also - what happens if you, I know it's pessimistic, don't get on with anyone on your course? Uni is made by the people you spend it with, imo.

    But that's coming from a social-freak ^^

    edit: also, on the financial side, what the hell do you think maintenance loans and overdrafts are for? Money is 'cheap' for students :P
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    I'm going to uni in my city and I'm staying at home. I allready have loads of friends in the city and I have a car so getting around is easy. I won't really feel left out to be honest but that's just me, I know some people really want the independance at uni but with me I'd rather have more money to spend + less debt
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    (Original post by Mango24)
    I'm going to uni in my city and I'm staying at home. I allready have loads of friends in the city and I have a car so getting around is easy. I won't really feel left out to be honest but that's just me, I know some people really want the independance at uni but with me I'd rather have more money to spend + less debt
    Really?

    I live literally 10 mins away from uni, and I'm moving to halls that are an hour and a half away from the uni, all for the independence + the social side! Too many brothers cramped in my parents house = :sad:
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    I've lived at home and in halls (I moved in late) and the travelling for uni got very boring after a while. It was about 90 mins each way and I had to make sure I was back in time for the last train making it much harder to socialise.

    I also found that the time where I had big gaps in my timetable I had nothing to do on campus. It was too expensive to go home and come back again so I'd end up spending about 5hrs in a library.

    I made some amazing friends living in halls, and it's awesome having people so close, and staying in their rooms talking til past midnight, having dinner together, going out together etc. I'd say the money was well worth it, even if it was quite steep!
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    (Original post by Mango24)
    I'm going to uni in my city and I'm staying at home. I allready have loads of friends in the city and I have a car so getting around is easy. I won't really feel left out to be honest but that's just me, I know some people really want the independance at uni but with me I'd rather have more money to spend + less debt
    But what about the new ones you could meet? Cutting off options is, subjectivley, silly imo ^^

    More money to spend isn't entirely fair. You get more loan. Debt however. Is highly accurate.
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    MOVE OUT!!! You will end up enjoying your time soo much more! Why stay at home when you have probably been there all your life? Time to experience something new¬!
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    (Original post by OiaB)
    Also - what happens if you, I know it's pessimistic, don't get on with anyone on your course? Uni is made by the people you spend it with, imo.

    But that's coming from a social-freak ^^
    Hahah in my case its the reverse - I barely get on with anybody in my college but I have lots of friends from my course.

    (Original post by OiaB)
    edit: also, on the financial side, what the hell do you think maintenance loans and overdrafts are for? Money is 'cheap' for students :P
    If you ever want to do a Masters and don't have a first plus moonlight shining out of your backside then you will come to regret that way of thinking :p: Funding is really hard to come by for it, and I'm saving everything I can from my undergrad bursary/loan/grant just in case :p:
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    (Original post by samanthaaaa)
    If I were to get into the university in my city, would there be any point moving into accommodation? It would save a lot of money + may seem pointless but would I be missing out on socialising + independence?
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    I went to JMU and moved 3 miles down the road into town. I know exactly what you mean, before moving out I doubted whether there was any point to it. Four years later though, I would say it's definitely worth it.

    I had a placement year and at the time moved home to get some focus. While the students who didn't move out can still have a great social life, it's very different to those living away. It's alright saying they can plan to stay in a friends flat, this works on planned nights out. However one of the things I enjoy so much about living away is that the majority of things can't be planned for. A lot of nights out just happen from nowhere! The best nights are always the random ones.

    Is it Liverpool you are talking about btw?
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    Think about moving out for the first year during all the socialising bit and then move back for the other 2/3 years.
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    One thing to bear in mind - if you enter into a contract for accommodation, and then change your mind and decide you'd rather live at home, you may find it very difficult to get out of that contract.

    Bear in mind, too, that there are points in pretty much everyone's halls experience where they feel a bit homesick and bleuggghhhh about the whole thing - you get through it, but if your home is only round the corner then it's easy to just go home and never have to deal with it.

    Personally, I'd move out - I much prefer independence to living at home; but if you do it, read the contract carefully and understand what you're committing to.
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    (Original post by Persipan)
    Personally, I'd move out - I much prefer independence to living at home; but if you do it, read the contract carefully and understand what you're committing to.
    I do wish to move out into accommodation however, I really want to go to a university which is only about 30 minutes from where I live; would it seem silly/ would people frown upon it? :confused:
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    It's your choice, so whether other people would think it's silly or not doesn't matter. The only thing you've got to ask yourself is if having a slightly better social life is going to be worth the thousands of pounds for accommodation? If you live only 30 minutes away, then it's going to be even easier to do the same things as your friends do, since you can go home/to campus at any time.
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    Move out. When is the next chance you'll get to be independent?
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    i live in a student house with 3 friends - i originally was going to move into student halls but its just too expensive. I know I'll have to make more of an effort but I seriously couldn't afford to pay twice the ammount.

    Its deffinitly preferable to live in Halls, but it may not overall be the easiest option. Though my opinion will be different because living with parents never comes into the equation.

    Not to mention my house is only a 10-20 min walk/5-10 min bus from the majority of the halls. Just gotta make a bit of extra effort to be included because from what I've been told it's only a piece of cake when you live with students, to make so many friends so quickly.
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    (Original post by samanthaaaa)
    I do wish to move out into accommodation however, I really want to go to a university which is only about 30 minutes from where I live; would it seem silly/ would people frown upon it? :confused:
    I don't see anything silly about that - it's up to you where you live, and if you want to have the experience of living in halls, then why should it matter where you lived before? It's not like you have to make a big thing of it, anyway.
 
 
 
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