Can you live at home while attending university, and still get the full student experience. Primary Education Studies student Sinead did just that - she shares her experiences of being a commuter student.
Moving away from home to go to university is a big decision for most people. For me, it worked better to stay home, and it could work for you.
Before starting my Primary Education Studies degree, I was worried that this would hinder my ‘university experience’ but it hasn’t in the slightest. As well as being fully involved in the course and opportunities ARU provide, I was able to keep a part-time job and volunteering position (helping apply my new knowledge into the classroom) back at home.
Before the pandemic, the timetable for the Accelerated Primary Education course was mostly planned as two lectures a day, about four days a week. This allowed me to use the study areas, library, and often go and explore the city of Cambridge in the spare time between lectures.
As far as actual travel goes, I use car and train. The train station is only a short walk away from the Helmore Building and passes quite a few coffee shops, which helps with the earlier mornings. As time went on, I began to car share with friends, making full use of the Cambridge Park and Ride system, again only a short walk away.
It is also reasonable to consider the money this option may save. Only budgeting for university supplies, books etc., and travel, I have been able to put aside money for the Initial Teacher Training year.
Throughout the course I have made great friends whom I see often (not in lockdown of course); taken up opportunities ARU has offered such as Study Skills Plus, the Welcome Buddy Scheme, and writing a blog; and have experienced the day and night life Cambridge has to offer.
I think it’s important to know your options as a student, being aware that living at home will not make your university experience any less exciting, and there is still full access to resources – such as the library, Career Centre, study skills help and a range of clubs/sports – even if you do not live on campus!
BA (Hons) Primary Education Studies student
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