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Don't miss out on the full University experience because you are a local

By TerSL 05 Jun 2019

If you’re starting at Derby University next year but you live quite close and are thinking about commuting every day, think again.  You may miss out on the whole range of uni- wide activities and the chance to make a broad range of friends. 

Part of the full University experience involves living independently for the first time and halls of residence are the ideal place to strike out on your own, while still getting to meet lots of new people who are all in the same boat as you are.

Many halls residents come from Derbyshire and nearby counties but they choose to live in halls for various reasons.  Some of them told us why they chose halls instead of commuting to University every day. 

Amy: 

I moved into halls because halls are a great place to integrate with the student community. I loved to be able to walk outside and meet loads of new people, and have our own social space to use. Meeting your flatmates can really help you get your confidence when it comes to making friends. It's also great to be able to learn how to live independently in a supportive environment, with staff always happy to help if you need it.                                                                                                                                                                      

Chanel:

I have had the chance to have the full uni experience and it's nice being able to live close to my friends in my course. It makes me feel more connected. I chose to live in halls despite being so close for financial reasons and for convenience. Despite being so close I live in a small village which would mean I would have to get 2/3 buses every day to get to uni.

 Anthony:

For me it was very much about embracing everything university has to offer. There is a community feeling about halls that I knew would be great to help me progress personally and academically.

Alisha:

I decided to live in halls for independence and the inconvenience of travel. The buses are expensive and not regular. I also feel that if I didn't live in halls I would have struggled to socialise and take full advantage of uni life.

 Olivia:

I wanted to be able to meet a wider range of people and make strong friendships with the people that I lived with.  Also I like the convenience of not having to drive in every time I am in to study and being able to avoid having to sit in rush hour traffic all the time.                                                                                                                                                                

So before you decide to live at home and commute to Uni, why not find out more about life in halls, our halls events programme and how to apply for halls. You'll be glad you looked into it.






TerSL

TerSL is Teresa. She works for Derby Student Living and likes foreign travel, Spanish food and walking her dog Archie in the Peak District.
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