Studying at home: three years on, was it the right decision?
When I first started my degree, I wrote a blog post about why I decided to study from home instead of moving into halls. However, three years on (and nearing the end of my course – boo!) I felt it would be an appropriate time to reflect on whether or not I made the right choice.
Having watched some of my closest friends fly the nest and start a new chapter, I know that living out at uni certainly has its pros. Late nights, cheap drinks and copious amounts of takeaway are not to be snubbed, not to mention the freedom that comes hand in hand with leaving home. But as somebody who struggles with social events (not to mention always being ‘the sober one’), I am now more certain than ever that I wouldn’t have survived living in a student environment. Don’t get me wrong, I love a party as much as the next person, but when you’ve got a group of amped-up freshers singing their hearts out at 3 am, I am certainly not in the party mood (#partypooper).
Studying from home allows you to set your own hours, without the restriction of the library closing times! Granted, I have spent my fair share of time on campus, but knowing that I can go home and work from my room, undisturbed, is much more appealing than dodging rowdy housemates. I am a sucker for peace and quiet, finding it almost impossible to concentrate with background noise (although I have definitely made an exception when it comes to The Greatest Showman soundtrack!), so having had the freedom to pick and choose my working hours has been very helpful throughout my degree.
Aside from the fact that I didn’t fancy sharing a dorm/flat with people that I don’t know, money was definitely an influencing factor when making my decision. I couldn’t live on my own and the last three years have by no means been cheap (I still pay a course fee and have a maintenance loan to cover the cost of books and travel etc.) but compared to those who moved out I have definitely saved a pretty penny. Having control over my study hours has allowed me to work part-time, meaning that when I’m not on campus, I’m at work (which definitely wouldn’t be the case if I lived with my mates!).
Although leaving home would have no doubt opened my eyes to the harsh realities of ‘fending for myself’, I’m not sure that I would have been quite so focused when it came to completing assignments (not to mention the dreaded dissertation!). I am a very independent person, so having the ability to do things my way has made the past three years bearable.
Disclaimer: everybody is different, so my decision may not be right for you!