Your University Questions, Answered.

Will living at home and commuting in everyday be a disadvantage for me? Leah, Ipswich


Our Answer:

Deciding whether to live at uni or commute from home can be a difficult choice, especially when this is likely the first time you’ll have left home – there’s lots to take into consideration!

It’s worth making sure you know roughly how much it will cost you to commute and how long you think this might take you – you’ll then know if this is something you can afford and if it’s realistic for you to travel that distance on a daily basis. We certainly do have students that commute in to UEA, so it’s an option if you feel you’d rather travel in than to live on campus. Students that commute have the option of using the Costessey Park and Ride which is situated nearby to UEA.

To help you decide we advise coming to one of UEA’s open days as they provide you with the chance to really get a feel for the campus, and to tour the different accommodation that we have available. You’ll then be able to make a decision on whether you see yourself living on campus and to know whether it’s the right fit for you. This is a really personal choice as every student is different, but making sure you look at all your options will mean you can make an informed choice.

Living on campus can be a good way to integrate with other students and share the experience of having your new found independence, however it’s worth knowing there’s so much you can get involved in during your time here, even if you don’t live directly on campus. For example, you can make friends at the 200+  clubs and societies UEA have on offer, on your course, at LCR gigs and nights out – the list is endless. UEA accommodation is worth exploring as an option, but it’s your own decision as to what you’ll feel most comfortable with and what you want to get out of university.


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