Aug 03

Living at university vs. living at home

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So your exam results have come back and you’ve got the grades to go off to university! Congratulations!

Now it’s time to prepare for three to four years of living away from mummy and daddy… or is it?

Increasingly, more and more people are deciding against moving away to go to university and have decided to live at home for the duration of their university degree, owing in part to the rising costs associated with going to university.

At MoneyMagpie, we cannot blame those who decide to live at home whilst studying for a degree, however would your time be better spent living at the university of your choice?

Keep reading as we review the pros and cons of living at home versus living at university.


Pros of living at university

  1. You can get the ‘full’ university experience.
  2. Shorter distance to both lectures and the library – especially if you go to a campus university. Never underestimate the value of being able to pick up a vital library book for an essay!
  3. You learn all about how to live by yourself, which includes valuable lessons such as;
  • How to cook for yourself
  • How to do your own laundry
  • How to pay bills (Always on time!)
  • How to be a self-sustaining adult – perhaps the most important lesson of them all.


Pros of living at home

  1. Paying rent, food shopping, paying for your laundry and other such costs are things you won’t have to worry about while you live at home.
  2. You don’t have to deal with any difficult housemates.
  3. There is little danger of you drifting away from your ‘home friends’.
  4. When it all becomes too much at university, you can escape to the confines of your own home.
  5. You don’t have to deal with any dodgy landlords, only your parents!

Cons of living at university

  1. Rent. Need I say more?living at university
  2. The various costs associated with university besides paying rent, such as food shopping and bills. It all adds up!
  3. If you’ve moved far away, the chances of being homesick are fairly high – many freshers take a few weeks to truly get over this feeling.
  4. Being lumped in halls with people who you can’t stand can be a pain.


Cons of living at home

  1. While all of your friends away at university are enjoying their first stab at independence, you’re still at home and therefore under your parents rule.
  2. You’re not getting the ‘full university experience’ and therefore the chance to make it on your own.
  3. The beauty of living at university is that you can access facilities such as the library at any time. This may be more difficult when you live at home, particularly if you’re living some distance at university
  4. It is significantly harder to make friends at university while you live at home.

There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to deciding where to live during your time at university. Everybody is different and, at the end of the day, you can only do what is right for you.

And, don’t forget, you’ve got three or four years so if the living situation doesn’t work out one year, you can change it for the next.

Whatever you do, don’t feel pressured and instead just make the decision that you genuinely think will make you happier and help you get the best grades you can!


What are your views? Do you think it’s better to live at home or to live at university? What are your experiences? Let us know in the comments below.



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