Posted on February 18, 2019
For many years a university education meant living away from home. Recently, we have started to see a shift with a significant minority of students opting to live at home and commute for their studies. What are the relative pros and cons of these different ways to survive university?
The main and obvious advantage to staying at home is the money factor. Unless parents charge exorbitantly high rent then it is undeniably cheaper to live at home. Savings may be noticed in other ways as spontaneous nights out (and the associated costs) may be less of a feature and food costs are likely to be reduced. However, before counting all the cash saved, remember to factor in the costs of commuting to and from the university. This amount could vary wildly depending on proximity and may mean costs are higher than initial calculations suggest.
There are significant advantages to moving out too. Whilst many universities are increasing efforts to involve students living at home, it is inevitable that some aspects of student life will be missed. Living away from home in student-friendly accommodation can create a ready-made social life for many. Living at home can mean missing some of the fundamental bonding experiences of university life. From late-night takeaway-fuelled study sessions to unexpected last-minute trips to the student bar, there is always something happening and those living at home can feel isolated from this unplanned socialising.
Another important factor is the independence and autonomy experienced by those that move away from home. It is, of course, possible to live independently whilst being under the same roof as family but leaving whilst at university can provide a safe environment to learn to live on your own. The safe, well-equipped accommodation provided by Nest offers an ideal balance for many students.