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Posted 10 June 2006 - 03:00 PM

I'm going to Edinburgh uni this year and I have to choose whether to commute or live in self-catered. This is a very important decision for me, as it represents a saving of a significant amount of money, right? I live in coastal Fife, about 40 mins train journey to Edinburgh.

This isn't important just in terms of money though. I don't want to commute and seem more cutoff from university life for the while first year. I know many people who will be commuting this year but I live in a crappy town with a single friend for company and thought staying at uni would offer me a much better chance of socialising.

What about lecture timings and such? Is it hard keeping up? Commuting's a couple of grand's savings of course. Tell me what you think, however, all help will be much appreciated.

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 10:07 PM

I've done both and it was far better to stay in uni accomodation. And you might think now that 40 minutes to uni isnt too much, but doing that twice a day almost every day for months can get really boring and your further away from the social life at the uni.

Although with lecture times for some weird reason after i moved to uni accomodation i was late for more lectures than I was when i was living at home, so it probably makes no difference in that respect.

I suppose its really up to you and whther you (or your parents) would be willing to spend that much more money on accomodation.

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 10:10 PM

Uni accomodation definitely, you will regret missing out on the social life in Edinburgh if you stay at home. Plus your student loan goes right down if u live at home. I think it can be as much as £1000 in some cases.

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Posted 10 June 2006 - 10:45 PM

i'm living at home, & its fine. i don't feel cut off from the social life at uni at all, really isn't a problem, & it'll be even easier for me when i learn to drive. however, i do know people that have moved away, & sometimes i envy them - its a freedom thing, you don't have to answer to anyone, you can come & go as you please, you can have whoever you want round to visit whenever you feel like it, even if its half 2 in the morning. bascially its completely up to you. at least with being close enough to commute, you have the option of trying uni accommodation for a while, & if you decide you hate it & want to move home, its not a major problem
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Posted 11 June 2006 - 11:22 AM

Yeah, I guess I'll try it for a while. Don't plan on driving into Edinburgh though, as there'll be plenty of work rush traffic and nowhere to park without a permit. At least, that's what the uni people said. Some accommodation has parking spaces for people with cars but that's it. Anyway, if you want to live to a hundred, gotta be social! I don't have many friends where I live at the moment. (New Scientist)

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Posted 12 June 2006 - 07:39 PM

QUOTE(st-and Paul @ Jun 10 2006, 11:10 PM) View Post

Uni accomodation definitely, you will regret missing out on the social life in Edinburgh if you stay at home. Plus your student loan goes right down if u live at home. I think it can be as much as £1000 in some cases.


That's true but surely it's because they assume you won't need as much money as you're living at home... no/less rent, food, bills and all that jazz.

Personally when I move out I want it to be a "I'm going and I'm not coming back thing" instead of the "I'm going for a few months but I'll be back for holidays."

Saying that, I sometimes envy the folk who live in halls, the social life is better in a way. I travel for about 40 mins to get to uni and it does do my head in now! Although the people I know in halls are always very skint compared to us kids who stayed at home.
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Posted 15 June 2006 - 06:01 PM

I don't see why everyone's in a big hurry to leave home. There's much more family togetherness on the continent. I think the UK would be a happier place if families stayed social rather than wanting to seperate so much. Plus the lifespan would be a lot longer. wink.gif

Anyway, I think handling budgets and stuff will be good preparation for later life.

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 06:58 PM

QUOTE(Vixus @ Jun 15 2006, 07:01 PM) View Post

I don't see why everyone's in a big hurry to leave home. There's much more family togetherness on the continent. I think the UK would be a happier place if families stayed social rather than wanting to seperate so much. Plus the lifespan would be a lot longer. wink.gif

Anyway, I think handling budgets and stuff will be good preparation for later life.


My two big sisters are both moved out now - they have a flat together in Edinburgh.

Katy spent her first year at home (we're only 30 mins by train away from Edinburgh). She HATED the communting, it almost killed her! She was so tired after it all. Then in her second year at uni (Jane's first year) they bought a flat in morningside. My mother wouldn't stop crying hte day they moved out. laugh.gif

We don't see too much of Katy now - in term time, maybe once every couple of weeks if she's not travelling abroad. Having been the eldest of us six, she enjoys her own space. She absolutely loved the freedom after moving out. Jane's more of a homebird though - she comes home for a visit pretty much every weekend.

Its really nice on the occassions when all 8 of us are home though, like at the Christmas holidays and birthdays. Its quite exciting! Sometimes there's massive arguments though because Katy gets annoyed at not being able to do all she wants. rolleyes.gif

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Posted 15 June 2006 - 11:02 PM

Accomadation its closer to the cheap booze of the SU bar
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Posted 16 June 2006 - 10:08 AM

Weeeell. I live in Airdrie, so that's a 30 minute train journey to Glasgow.

I only went to uni for about two minutes, but the travelling didn't bother me.

All my friends are staying at home, too, mainly because it's cheaper. My parents can't afford to pay for me to live away from home, and neither can I, so moving out wasn't really an option for me.

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Posted 16 June 2006 - 10:19 AM

I travel into uni (Think I'll get a flat after 2nd year) and it's been fine. It takes about 30-40 minutes on the bus.

I didn't feel like I was cut off from the social life because I was fine wth heading into town and meeting my friends at the pub because there are buses home during the night and a lot of the time I ended up just crashing at some of my friends flats. Also, a lot of my school friends were still living at home so if we wanted a night out it was easy enough to go to a pub with people I'm close with in Dalkeith.

Definitely going to move out after 2nd year because my mum started charging my brother rent after he finished 2nd year, so if I'm getting charged rent I might as well be living in town.

Was considering moving out for next year, but then my brother pissed off to be a team leader for holiday reps which kind of depressed my mum and I thought it'd be bad if about 2 months later I said "Oh, errmm. By the way...I'm off as well!".

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Posted 16 June 2006 - 06:08 PM

I commute and it doesn't bother me. I think living in a flat would be cool but my parents couldn't afford it and I don't plan on working loads during uni just to scape by for food money..

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Posted 18 June 2006 - 07:33 PM

Well, maybe I'll do the same-- commute during first year and save up for a flat. I'd have to do a summer job as well, no doubt! How many people commute as opposed to stay in accommodation, you think?





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