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Is it better to live at home during your degree?


Off to university or college this year? Ever thought about skipping out on moving to student accommodation and just staying at home?

Hey everyone

It's #BTS season, and if you've gone back to the classroom after a long break, I wish you all the best in your new academic year. Remember that no matter what age you are, and no matter whether you're taking some important exams or not, every school year is crucial. Study and work hard now and your future self, the one that will be working at a job for forty or so years will thank you! School does not last forever. Trust me, it'll be over before you know it!

Now, if you've just graduated and are starting your undergraduate life, the idea of staying up late, partying and living independently probably sounds like the best thing ever since sliced bread. (Actually, make that pot noodles because, believe it or not, that'll be your best friend during your degree. No joke!)

When I started university five years ago (gasp!) I couldn't wait to leave home and make a name for myself in a brand new city and schooling environment. The idea of having my own space on campus was equally exciting for me as making new friends at university and beginning to feel and look like an adult.

Over my three year study, I lived in an array of accommodations with handfuls of different personalities; I shared a single bed room with another girl for a few weeks in my first year, a house with a random guy and his rowdy pot-smoking friends in my second and a student flat with a group of lovely physios in my final year.

Although clearly some of my living situations were tougher than others, I learnt a fair few things, going through them, about valuing personal space, other people's habits and my need to feel cosy and safe. I can also admit that the opportunity to travel home for the holidays was the biggest of reliefs because I knew I could sleep in my own bed, in my own room, with peace and quiet, surrounded by the people I knew most. Let's be honest; prank calls and drunk knock-down-ginger at 2 in the morning really isn't  all that fun #sleepislife

Now, I'm sure that this "homebody" feeling will be shared by some of you at some point during your study years. If you find yourself grimacing at the idea of sharing with a stranger or longing for the comfortable of your mattress at home, don't feel weird or bad. I've been there. For me, there just is no place like home, regardless of how busy, friendly or chore-free student accommodation is.

Not to mention how much more money and stress you could potentially save yourself if you don't enrol in a campus room. Parents' house, anyone?

If you're still debating about whether or not to join the crowds of students leaving home for the pleasures of independent life, why not check out this short video over on my YouTube channel, where I talk about the very surprising perks(besides having your own bed) of staying with your parents whilst you study 

All the best!

LET ME KNOW IF YOU'RE GOING TO UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE THIS YEAR. WHAT ARE YOU STUDYING? AND ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT STUDENT ACCOMMODATION?


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