Living at Home
Don't feel left at home, from being at home
To say this year will be different... is an understatement.
We get it, we really do.
And if you are making the decision to stay at home, even just for Teaching Block 1, you might be worrying that you won't be getting the 'full experience'.
Fear not! There are so many perks to staying at home! We're also having lots of virtual alternatives to include our distance learners, so you won't miss out - promise!
The thing that students spend the most money on is rent. With student halls and private landlords, rent can take up the majority of your loan whilst you study.
By living at home, you might find you can pay a reduced rent, or no rent at all (you'll have to talk to your parents). This gives you the opportunity to save money to spend on other perks, like clothes or travel! Bills also come into this category - it might be an idea to offer to chip in to pay some of the bills, but it’ll be cheaper than having to pay for them in a student house or halls.
The commute... if you're commuting.
So you may not be able to roll out of bed and into a seminar, but you’ll find the commute into Uni can be a great time to catch up on any reading you may need to do before your classes, or re-read your notes from the previous week. Use the commute time wisely and keep on top of your studies - or simply look at the view (it’s pretty great!).
If you're looking to do exclusive learning at home, then you just need to roll out of bed and turn on your computer! No commute at all!
Your commute may be a little pricey, but there are ways to combat this. You can get a 16-25 railcard or discounts on local buses. You could try to link up with other commuters and car share too!
Going out (or staying in)
When you live in halls, or in a house, you may find that you are herded along to lots of events that really, you’re not that interested in. By living at home, you have the choice of which events that you want to go to, and you can hand pick the best. We're adapting the way we put on events, to be as inclusive as possible. We're hosting loads of social virtual events - you can them check them out here!
If you do want to head out into the town, you may want to ask a few people to attend as a group, and make sure you're happy to catch the last bus or train home). You can also choose to have a night in and invite people over, or enjoy the evening to yourself without the pressure of everyone else around you heading out for the evening.
Home Cooked meals
If you’re lucky enough that whoever is at home likes to cook, there is nothing better than a home cooked meal. Takeaways can be appealing (up until rent is due), but the novelty quickly wears off. This is also usually cheaper than takeaways! Why not cook at least once a week so you can start to build up a catalogue of recipes? If you’re not cooking, you’ll find you have more time to study too.
The horror stories of the odd pink sock floats around many people’s heads when they think about doing their own laundry. But at home, you can ask for help and put in loads together, rather than waiting for weeks worth at a time (as laundry can also get expensive if you're paying per load!).
You don’t need to move out
It sounds like an obvious one, but the process of moving in and out of halls and student housing each year can be difficult and inconvenient. It takes time and effort with the worry of forgetting something, leaving something behind, losing things, donating things… the list is endless. You’re already settled and comfortable - though you may be roped in to helping other people move in and out.
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