I have read a lot of articles by students who talk about the pressures of beginning university life, particularly the big change of moving out of their parents home and into halls of residence. Well this is a different take. This is from the point of view of a student who still lives in the comfort of his own home.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say you shouldn’t move out. As students, you’re going to want to go out and have a good time and that will invariably involve wanting to leave mum and dad and go out with your friends. I can see the appeal of moving out, you should always want to go and be in happy surroundings as a student as going to university is a huge life commitment. However, I do think that the staying at home option should not be put out of the question immediately.

Let me talk you through the pros of it. You can still live in a nice house, sleep in your own bed and still have your mums nice cooking. Halls of residence are also expensive to live in, us students are all struggling for money. The pressure of moving is difficult as well, you have to make sure you have all the stuff that you’ll need. Your parents will probably worry about you constantly as well. Halls of residence is only for fresher’s as well, students in halls need to move into a house for the second year and that can be stressful as well, moving again quickly after you have moved and settled into your halls

I do believe that moving out is a good experience, the chance to meet the new people and live with them; it gives you more opportunities for social events and a chance to become more independent and not rely on your parents. Nevertheless, it isn’t the only option. If you are reading this and believe that you want to apply for university, perhaps next year, then don’t completely rule out staying at home and commuting. The driving and walking in isn’t always enjoyable, but there are many advantages and, therefore, it may be the right option for you.

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