Young adults choosing to begin their journey at university a may have already overcome several tough decisions, from what institution to attend and what degree course to study. However, another important decision which affects each student’s university life is whether or not to be still living at home during university. Using our interactive university map will allow students to view what universities are located in particular areas.
Although university halls of residence offer many great attributes to the student lifestyle and it’s main advantage being the distance it is from classes, it might not be the right choice for you. Depending on what institution you have decided to attend, and how far it is in regards to commuting to university, living at home might not be plausible for all students. If it takes more than two hours of commuting to attend lectures then the travelling may become tiresome.
First and foremost, in almost all cases it will be cheaper to live at home whilst at university. Universities rent prices include all bills such as water, electric, rent, TV license (depending on the university) and internet/WiFi and is represented as one sum. This makes the process of paying for rent and bills a lot simpler for young students whose first time moving out begins at Fresher’s’. With this, universities do tend to charge a higher amount of rent than private landlords as they are in a strong position of power. Once students become young adults, the adults, parents, or other people they live with may begin to charge rent but it, in most cases, will be substantially lower than other alternatives.
Next, not moving away gives you the advantage of still being close to home with your friends and family. Mum and/or Dad might be there to continue to help with your shopping, ironing, cooking, shopping and picking you up late at night when you’re too drunk to stumble home from the pub. Students will be in a similar setting to what they’re used to and this will ease the transition into university life. Also, the first year of university is one of the hardest, mostly due to the fact that it is vastly different to what young people are used to. Some students can encounter issues connected to student finances, social life, relationships, studies, dealing with mental health at university and if you’re at home it may find it easier to confide about your problems.
Although living at home during university will help your pocket and lifestyle there are still dark sides to every story. For example, your parents can find it hard to adjust to perceive you as an adult now because to them you’re still living at home and scoffing down their roast dinners every Sunday. Furthermore, you may miss out on all of the mid-week student nights and pre-drinking parties because you have work the next day and can’t get back in time, or can’t get a lift home at 03:00am. These issues can be resolved with ensuring you see your friends when you can and making the effort to socialise more with your classmates because you don’t have the benefits of finding friends at Halls.
Each student will have a different student experience to the next, and although there are advantages and disadvantages to any student accommodation don’t let one student night a week and the desperation of freedom cloud your judgement on living at home. Living at home during university will save you a lot of money and sometimes living at university can become a distraction more than an aid, especially if your institution is in a city like London, where the rents are ridiculously high and there is a distraction on every corner – next to a Starbucks!
Living at home during university allows you to study independently at university, without the distractions of other students and if you do feel like you want to work alongside someone, then there is nothing stopping you visiting the library and working with friends there.
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