I am currently in my first year of university, and I have chosen to live at home. When it came to picking a university, I had difficulties. I’d always thought that I wanted to live away but when it came down to it, I changed my mind and chose to live at home.

With UCAS applications already going in, I thought this article might help some of you to choose a university.

I am undecided on whether I made the right choice and am already planning to move out next year. However, living at home has given me confidence. In the first couple of weeks, it was nice to come home and see familiar faces, and escape the stress of meeting new people. I also think that living at home, severely reduced my anxiety.

I am lucky enough to have met many amazing people since starting university, they are people who I am proud to call friends. I can’t believe how much I’m enjoying university since I hated my school years.

The advice I would give to people applying is not to be scared. Also, remember everything happens for a reason. I believe, that my decision to live at home was the right one, just because, if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have met all these lovely people.

Other advice to applicants would be to enjoy your last months of school, or whatever you’re currently doing, because come September, everything will change.

I love university because everyone is so supportive and the course I am studying is perfect for me. Although the workload is difficult to balance with a social life, it is still manageable and you’ll always be able to catch up.

I spent my summer stressing over my university choice but I hope nobody else has to do that. Make the right decision for you. That’s exactly what I did, and I couldn’t be happier. Also, when you arrive at university, make an effort to speak to people and say yes to opportunities that come your way. Try not to let the stress get to you and enjoy the ride. I’ve spoken to many people, some who are homesick and some who are very happy, but the experience for you may be totally different.

Your decision is yours to make, just remember that.

Good luck with your applications and I hope everyone gets to go to their desired University.