When you think of university, you think of partying, studying and living in halls. However, there are people who choose not to live at university and instead decide to commute daily.
I am one of those ‘unfortunate’ people, every Monday morning I leave my house at 6.30am to make sure I am in Coventry at 9 for my first lecture of the day. Luckily, on the other days I start late enough to get a coach.
The benefits of travelling are vast; you can save so much money as you do not have to pay any household bills such as rent, TV licensing or basic necessities such as food. This means that my student loan can go on such things as equipment for my course, my travel and food when you are there.
It also means that you don’t have to disrupt your routine. Whilst attending college; I became set in a routine which most benefited both my academic and social needs. You may only have to edit this slightly which made the transition from college to university easier. You don’t have to go through the nerve wracking experience of meeting new housemates, socialising the right amount and trying to hide my bad habits. By staying at home you get to keep your circle of friends; this can help you cope when university gets a little stressful.
Lastly, the time in which you travel can prove beneficial for catching up on last minute reading. This can help the information to be fresh in your mind for lectures.
There are negatives to living at home, the travelling can make you tired which affects you during your lectures. This should pass once you settle into the routine and schedule of the course. You can also miss out on the social aspect, last minute parties, late night talking and general social aspects of university can be missed due to travelling times. This can make it hard for you to fit in as you miss on the bonding aspects; however, with a little extra effort during the day this should be fine.
There is a small amount of financial problem regarding travelling. When you live in halls, you pay your accommodation in one sum or monthly whereas when you are travelling you have to ensure you have the right amount of money to travel each day. This can prove worrisome but as long as you budget it should be ok.
I, personally, believe that living at home is more beneficial for me than living at university. I am a natural worrier, when I get assignments I panic and for this I need to be surrounded by my natural environment. I feel that moving home whilst starting a new course would be too hard for me. If you live at home or at university, university is meant to be a mix between social and academic work, to succeed you will have to find the right mix.