I started studying at university in September 2018. It’s certainly been a learning curve, let me tell you! So many new systems to understand, buildings to learn, people to meet. It can all seem quite overwhelming, especially for an introverted person like me. Today, I’ll be focusing on my experience of living at home while studying. It suits me perfectly.
I can only speak for me personally, but living at home for uni wasn’t only the logical choice for me, but also the safest one. As a person suffering with less than perfect mental health, it was really important to have a support network around me whilst going through such a fast-changing time in my life. Some of the best support I could ever wish for comes from my family. To have that taken away like a rug from under my feet would’ve been incredibly detrimental to me.
Not only do I live at home for reasons of my health, but it simply makes sense!
I live around five miles away from the University of Suffolk, so paying out for student housing seemed completely unnecessary. However, I’m very jealous of my friends who can roll out of bed at 8.50am and appear in a 9am class without breaking a sweat. That’s something I’d love to experience!
People often talk about the lack of a social life you may experience when living at home for uni. Whilst I’m not really into nightlife, the couple of times I have been for nights out, I have ended up having to pay out for a taxi home, or staying at a friend’s place. These options aren’t particularly convenient. However, for me it isn’t really an issue. It’s still just as easy to pop to a friend’s house and hang out in the daytime as it would be for someone living in halls. It’s just that I am a few miles further away!
Here’s the bottom line. If you’re into going out at night and love the idea of living with lots of other students, living in halls is almost certainly a good bet.
However, if you’re more like me and you’d prefer cosying up with a book than staying out all night, living at home is great. You may even get your washing done!