The first advantage to staying home for university is that it may be cheaper for you. While I am aware that Student Finance Wales will help you with grants and loans if you move out of your family home for university, however, if you stay at home it will be ultimately much more cheaper in the long run. This is provided that you don’t have to commute too far, of course. Staying at home means that you simply don’t have to worry about payment deadlines for bills and you don’t have to worry about whether or not you can afford your next meal. This relieves some stress as you will have enough to worry about with university deadlines.
Commuting can also be a good part of staying home throughout university. If you are lucky enough to find your dream university either in your hometown or in the next city, such as traveling from Newport to Cardiff for example, then you can commute to your university during the day. While this may sound like a chore, it will be perfect for anyone who particularly likes traveling by bus or train. Commuting can also teach you transferable skills such as time management and punctuality, as you have to be constantly aware of your timekeeping. You can even put the traveling time to good use by doing some work for your course while you are on the bus or train. Also, if you are lucky enough to be able to walk to your university building then you can use this as a break from your working life.
By staying at home for university you have the chance to separate your home life from your university life. You may even have a separate group of friends in the different cities so this would make sure that your work life and personal life can be separate, meaning there is less strain and confusion for you as your home life doesn’t have to be intertwined with your work life.
On the other hand many students who are embarking on their first year in university have just moved into their new rooms and are getting settled into a brand new city and home. I asked one of my friends from high school who has recently moved into her new room in the University of Gloucestershire to help me give advice on what it is like to move into halls for university and what the advantages of moving out my be compared to those of staying at home for university.
She stated that she firmly believes that moving into university halls will be great for her independence and for learning new skills. While it can be difficult to see the benefits when you first move into your university room you know that in the long run it will be worth it. She gave me an example of how living on her own is building her independence by stating that in the mornings she manages to get herself up and makes her own breakfast, which many people at her age may find difficult if they are not as independent.
Obviously, living in university halls is a great way to make friends and improve your communication skills which can prepare you for the university experience as a whole. From what I have seen, those who move into their university halls will be there for roughly a week or a few days before fresher’s week even begins. This means that you have the opportunity to make friends and have some company when you go around the university and students union during fresher’s week which can make you feel more comfortable.
I have seen that living in university halls is also extremely convenient compared to living at home and having to commute to your university every day. When you live close to the university you can go back and forth to drop things off or collect things that you have forgotten, I would find this incredibly helpful because it is very annoying when you find that you may have over packed and then are stuck with a heavy load to carry for the rest of the day while walking around a large campus.
To conclude, I believe that both staying at home and moving away have their advantages I personally believe that moving out may be more suited to university life because it prepares you for living alone later in life and it is also more convenient.