Hia! Now first things first, well done for those of you who have received a conditional or an unconditional offer with your university choices, (hopefully your first choice is Glamorgan 😉 ) For those of you who haven’t had a reply yet, don’t worry you will get it, just hang in there!
As soon as you get your reply it would be well worth looking into accommodation of your first choice university as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.
Seeing as there are quite a few accommodation options and plenty to say about each one, I have split them up into 3 chapters. The first option only applies to some of you, which is living at home. If you live near Treforest or Cardiff, living at home could be an option for you. I know some of you might not like the sound of this as it means living with your family and you can’t wait to spread your wings, BUT it’s definitely worth weighing up the pro’s and con’s before totally ruling it out; even if you do it just for a year to save some pennies! Below, I’ve listed some advantages and disadvantages of living at home.
- Save lots of money on rent, food etc
- Laundry done for you and home-cooked food made if you have ‘domestic goddess’ parents 🙂
- Easier to stay in touch with friends and family from home as well as making new friends at uni – best of both worlds!
- Could miss out on some social times in halls, getting to know new people
- Having to commute to uni, transport costs e.g. fuel, train fares
- Perhaps gaining less life skills and less independance e.g. won’t realise the real cost of living etc
Make sure you consider before deciding to rule this option out, especially if you are a home bird and feel that you will seriously miss your family and friends. It would also save you a lot of money as you wouldn’t need to apply for a maintanance loan which means less money to pay back after you graduate.
However, if you do feel like you are missing out socially you could always move to Cardiff the following year and live with friends that you have made at university, and for the time being make sure you take advantage of nights out that they plan, and bunk in their flat for the night, so that you get a chance to get to know them outside university!
So what have I been up to? Well first of all apologies that I haven’t been blogging recently, it’s because I spent the whole of last week in Aberystwyth rehearsing for a performance called ‘Y Bont’ by a welsh language company Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru. It was to mark the 50th anniversary of the first protest by the Welsh Language Society (Gymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg).
My role was to sit on the handlebars of a 60’s vintage bike while another person rode the bike on the very windy and rainy prom in Aber, so as you can imagine it was quite challenging, and my bike even had a flat wheel! Though it was great fun and the whole cast stayed in the same hotel so the nights were very wild!
Stay tuned for chapter 2 where I’ll be looking at living in student halls in Cardiff. Sian 🙂