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    Could you not live in cheaper halls or get a flat share closer to the uni so it would cost less and also cut your journey time?
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    (Original post by spikeymike)
    I'm transferring unis so basically I won't know anyone... and I don't know anyone who wants to move out.

    There's 1 other cheaper option which is without the en suite but isn't so modern.
    Move out, I wish I had tbh. If I could go into halls I honestly would, in spite of the money.
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    Having lived in halls and done that whole things for 2 years already, personally I would stay at home and commute. Id have rather saved myself the £4000+ to be honest. Although I had a great deal of independence before going to uni, so I was paying all that money for not much different to what I had at home.

    However, im well aware that alot of people say they have 'the time of their life' whilst living in halls and if you want your independance then £4000+ isnt a huge price to pay for that.

    One option is to go into halls for your first year at your new uni, and if its all you dreamed and more you can stay living away from home. However, if you decide its not for you then you can always more back home.
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    (Original post by spikeymike)
    Ok, conditional offer at University of Dundee, but i'm confident I'll get it.

    - I worked out that living at Belmont halls will cost £~440 a month including utility bills and internet. (£4300 for a 39 week contract)
    - I only live about 17miles away from uni.
    - It would take me 10mins on the train and about a 15min walk to get to the campus. So about 25mins in total. If I lived on campus, I'd be about 3mins.
    - I want to stay on campus so I'm more involved with other uni students.

    I want the freedom to do what I want now.

    I realised that off campus is much cheaper but they don't cover like utility bills and all that. My parents don't mind that I move out however they think that £440 a month is a bit high...

    What would you do? On or off campus?
    Halls, though £4300 is a bit steep... Private accomodation is a risky option if you don't know anyone. It could be fine, or you could be stuck with a bunch of knobs.
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    If there's a place on offer in cheaper halls, go for that. If you're new to the uni it'll definitely make it easier for you to make friends and get involved socially. Also, student life is more fun when you don't live at home.
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    (Original post by spikeymike)
    Ok, conditional offer at University of Dundee, but i'm confident I'll get it.

    - I worked out that living at Belmont halls will cost £~440 a month including utility bills and internet. (£4300 for a 39 week contract)
    - I only live about 17miles away from uni.
    - It would take me 10mins on the train and about a 15min walk to get to the campus. So about 25mins in total. If I lived on campus, I'd be about 3mins.
    - I want to stay on campus so I'm more involved with other uni students.

    I want the freedom to do what I want now.

    I realised that off campus is much cheaper but they don't cover like utility bills and all that. My parents don't mind that I move out however they think that £440 a month is a bit high...

    What would you do? On or off campus?
    i say live off campus coz as its cheaper, you will be in a better position to move out etc when you graduate than if you have loads of student debt. if you want to go out you could either stay out late enough so that you can catch the first train in the morning, or just stay at someones house / flat /whatever on campus
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    I think £440 is a little expensive for halls, but if you can afford it then I would say go for it.
    If you feel home life is becoming less of a liberty and you would like more freedom for yourself then halls is best.
    You must remember you are bound by contract though, so if you don't like it, tough titty :p:

    But in the end, its up to you, if you feel you want to move out (which is a big step in itself) then do it. You need to weigh up all the options.
    Work out how much it is to live at home and how much travel would be to uni and then how much home life is good or bad.
    Then work out how much it is to stay in halls, how long it takes to get to uni and how good or bad you think uni life will be.

    Maybe speak to someone at the Uni, ask about the halls and see what the people are like.

    Personally, I would move into halls though :p:
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    in your situation i would live in the halls, and if it didnt suit you, you could live at home
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    Yeah.
    I'd find someone who goes to the same uni, and ask them if they wanted to share the costs of living privately.
    If you can't do that, I think the better option would be the campus, because you wouldn't need to spend too much money on transport (unless you have a seasonal pass).
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    (Original post by spikeymike)
    That's what I fear most about private accomodation.

    £4300 is above average, but considering the economic side of things, it will have been lower before the recession.
    Mmm... unis capitalising on increased demand, most probably. I'd go into halls for your first year and then consider private houseshare with some friends, if not move back to your parents in years 2 & 3. Not being able to socialise and indulge in the uni atmosphere can be detrimental, if you're looking to gain from the social aspect of uni. If you're literally only going to learn (like me) then living at home is the best option as you will find it harder to get distracted by your social life.
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    (Original post by spikeymike)
    I wouldn't need transport if I lived on campus, everything is in walking distance
    Hehe, I'm assuming if you wanted to travel home during the holiday's or going to festivals.
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    Yeah, I'm in agreement with Vlad.
    I'd personally do the same, getting into Uni Halls into the first year, so at least you have some social life.
    You don't want to be in the position of being secluded from your fellow peers.
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    (Original post by bigdaveracer)
    in your situation i would live in the halls, and if it didnt suit you, you could live at home
    Bear in mind, though, that it might not be that easy to get out of the accommodation contract, if you did change your mind.
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    (Original post by Persipan)
    Bear in mind, though, that it might not be that easy to get out of the accommodation contract, if you did change your mind.
    Im sure it is a common problem with homesickness and stuff, so there must be a period in which you can leave without being under contract
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    I would stay at home the first year, and then later consider sharing a house if I found some good friends I liked the prospect of living with and rent was likely to be affordable.
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    (Original post by bigdaveracer)
    Im sure it is a common problem with homesickness and stuff, so there must be a period in which you can leave without being under contract
    Not necessarily - which is why I said it. Here, for instance, if you wanted to leave you'd have to go on paying rent unless you found someone to take over your contract. It can be surprisingly hard to get out of accommodation contracts and it's really important to read all the small print, especially if you think there's a chance you might want to move out.
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    (Original post by spikeymike)
    Ok, conditional offer at University of Dundee, but i'm confident I'll get it.

    - I worked out that living at Belmont halls will cost £~440 a month including utility bills and internet. (£4300 for a 39 week contract)
    - I only live about 17miles away from uni.
    - It would take me 10mins on the train and about a 15min walk to get to the campus. So about 25mins in total. If I lived on campus, I'd be about 3mins.
    - I want to stay on campus so I'm more involved with other uni students.

    I want the freedom to do what I want now.

    I realised that off campus is much cheaper but they don't cover like utility bills and all that. My parents don't mind that I move out however they think that £440 a month is a bit high...

    What would you do? On or off campus?

    Note: I'm on a 3 year course because I did a year at Abertay.

    Edit:

    Current plan: Year 1: On campus, Year 2: Off campus.
    Personally I would stay with your parents and save the money. £4000 odd is a lot of money to pay just to meet some flat mates. You might not even get on with them anyway, and you only live 30 mins away its not that bad. You can always crash at your friends house when you go out or something. I have a mate at uni who does this and hes fine with it, has loads of friends and he stays round mine sometimes. If you worried about meeting people, all you need to do is join societies and talk to people on your course. I haven't really made any real friends from staying in halls. But i do know others that have...


    Edit: I just read your post, good choice i say. Now you can take that £4000 and blow it on alcohol
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    (Original post by Mad Vlad)
    Halls, though £4300 is a bit steep... Private accomodation is a risky option if you don't know anyone. It could be fine, or you could be stuck with a bunch of knobs.

    this applies to staying in halls though.... only difference i guess is sorting out bills, but you can get bills included in some anyway
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    (Original post by biffyclyro27)
    [/B] this applies to staying in halls though.... only difference i guess is sorting out bills, but you can get bills included in some anyway
    No, they're just idiots. You can live with idiots; the worst they can do is use you cutlery/pans. When you add a financial relationship to the mix, then they become knobs because you rely on them to not drop you in the proverbial sewage when the quarterly water bill's overdue and they don't want/can't afford to pay.
 
 
 
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