Living at home whilst attending University

Alice Siegwart

Faculty: Health, Social Care & Education
Department: School of Education and Social Care
Course: BA (Hons) Education Studies
Category: Education

28 October 2015

One of the reasons I decided to go to ARU was because it was close to where I lived, which meant I wouldn’t have to spend a fortune on accommodation and food. In this post, I would like to cover the advantages and disadvantages of living at home whilst attending University.

Advantages

  • I don’t have to worry about food as nearly all my meals are cooked for me. It also means I don’t have to plan getting food in and thinking about what I can afford.
  • It’s much cheaper than living in halls/shared housing. Plus, I didn’t have to worry about moving out of my accommodation after the first year like most university students.
  • All my washing/ironing (and anything along those lines) is taken care of so I can focus entirely on my coursework.

Disadvantages

  • Lack of freedom and independence. While there is a certain amount of freedom and independence living at home, there isn’t as much as there would be if I was living in halls. I probably won’t have it until I leave home entirely or go off to do my PGCE. I can’t do whatever I want, whenever I want and with the fact that I have to walk to University every day, it limits what I can do. Which brings me onto my next point.
  • I didn’t take part in many activities at Fresher’s, though this may have been due to the fact that I was unaware of a lot of what was going on. But there was also the fact that some of them were too late in the evening and because I would’ve had to go on my own, I couldn’t attend. I think I would’ve had a better idea of what was going on if I had had stayed in halls.
  • While I have made friends on my course as well as from my society, I didn’t have the chance to meet them when moving into a new place. There were also opportunities with activities during Fresher’s where I could have met new people but I didn’t get the chance. It would have enabled me to broaden my social circle if I had.
  • It takes me roughly 30 minutes to walk to university every day. Compared to other people, it may not be that bad, but if I have work to do and it’s one of my days off, I may not always feel up to walking in. Especially if there aren’t any computers available! Though staying at home means getting really well acquainted with the library’s website.
But now that I’m in my second year and I’ve had a chance to get settled, I am hoping to push myself out of my comfort zone! Though being at home can limit what I do, I’m hoping to stretch that a little more

me in different ways, they have made me enjoy the course a whole lot more.

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