While some of you may be enjoying the first few weeks into your new homes with new friends or renewing your tenancy with your housemates, I’ll be living on my own, well with my partner, for my third year of university. Personally, I was too scared to venture out on my own even though my university is 40 minutes away from my parents. I didn’t like the thought of sharing a kitchen, the toilet or living space with 4 other strangers. But looking back over the past two years I honestly admit that I may have made the biggest mistake of my life when I decided to live on my own instead of in halls.
You may think living on your own is a great idea but there are definitely some benefits to living away from your university mates and studies. After realising my regrets I have decided to share with you some pros and cons of living away from your chosen university.
You have your own space. If you’re like me and the thought of sharing the bathroom and kitchen just haunts you then this would be a good reason to live on your own.
You have somewhere to run to. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the stress of university or maybe you’ve had a falling out with your friends then it is perfect to be able to come home into a different town without anyone there.
You won’t have to worry when you finish university. So no one really knows what is going to happen after they finish university whilst studying. But one thing you do know is that you don’t have to worry about where you’re going to live.
You have to make an effort. If you don’t want to miss anything with your friends and you still want to be invited to dinners or DVD nights then you have to make an effort. Sometimes it means cancelling other plans in order to spend time with your new friends.
You’re not as close. So you meet your friends and all they talk about is some guy one of your friends like or they all seem to have personal jokes. Not being as involved or as close as the others can really feel horrible.
You don’t know the area well. Some university projects require you to know the area and in my case write articles on things that are going on, but as you don’t live there you tend to ask other people for help.
You can’t just pop into university. This happens a lot! If I need to be in a meeting or need to do some last minute research I can’t just hop on a train and do it.
It costs to travel. Personally, I spend around £600 every 3 months in order to travel to university and back which can really affect my maintenance loan.
It costs more. Living on your own can really be more expensive than in halls especially if you start to add up the amounts of the electricity bill, the TV cable and council tax (depending whether you live on your own or not).
So these are some of the most important pros and cons of not living where you study. Do you have any pros or cons?