Living At Home For Uni: Pros And Cons

Ah, uni. A chance to spread your wings and experience the big wide world. But if you’re not quite ready to fly the nest yet, you should at least be prepared for the next 3 years. Here are the pros and cons of staying home for uni.


Saving money

Bills? Loans? Debt? Hahahahah. Not your concern, pal. Even if your parents are making you pay rent, staying at home is going to be way cheaper than moving out. For one, you won’t have to pay for food, electricity, a TV licence or any of the other things you seem to forget your parents provide for you. Ka-ching!



Home comforts 

Everyone else will be cramming their favourite items into their suitcases on moving day. Not you! You still get to keep every night light, cushion and paper mache model you made in year 4 safely in your room. You don’t need to worry about missing your home comforts. They’ll be at home waiting for you after a long day in class.



Less stress

Relocating is a hassle. It’s one of the most stressful events in life. But you don’t have to deal with it just yet, my friend. You can keep your address, phone number, doctor, wifi, optician, dentist… need I go on? Basically, you don’t have to stress about changing anything or signing up for anything. You can spend that time studying (or clubbing. Whichever you prefer). Yay for avoiding responsibilities!




You still get treated like a kid

Moving out of your parents’ house is often a big deal. It’s the start of your independent adult life. While you’re still under their roof they’ll probably continue to treat you like a child. That means no treating the place like a hotel!, letting someone know when you’re going out or going to be late home, and always asking the bill payer’s permission. Sigh.



Friendship struggles 

When you commute to uni, you don’t get the default friends most people make when they live in halls. It’s not that you won’t make friends, but it probably will be harder to form bonds when you only see your classmates in class. Also, everyone else will be moving in with their pals in second year, while you’ll still be living with your parents and annoying siblings.



Living further from campus than halls

While everyone else in your class can roll out of bed 5 minutes before the lecture and run to class, you have to allow enough time for travel (that includes morning traffic), meaning you’ll have to leave the house while your classmates are probably still hitting that snooze button. As well as this, you can’t just run home between lectures. When you leave the house, you have to pack your bag for the day. And this applies to your outfit choices too!



So, there you have it. Living at home might not be the rock n roll uni life you were imagining, but moving out isn’t all fun and games either! Whether you choose to stay at home or move out, university is definitely going to be an adventure.




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