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Do you miss out by being a live at home student?

Are you a student still living at home?

You may feel like you’re alone but the number of students who still live at home during their time at  university has doubled from 12% to 24% since 1996.

There are a number of reasons for fewer of us living in halls.

These range from not wanting to move out to the rising costs of student accommodation.

Teesside University first year Journalism student Catt Fawcett, 19, decided to continue living with her parents.

She said: “I thought I was missing out during Freshers’ Week.”

In Krakow: Catt Fawcett and Kelly Aitkin, both stay at home students, who met at uni this year.

“But I’ve still made loads of friends by putting myself out there and making the most of uni.

“I’d say going for food or drinks after lectures with other students helps you to make friends. Don’t just avoid it and try and go home.

“Still pull your weight at home and don’t expect your parents to look after you. Make food and pay board to experience what it’s like having moved out as best you can.”

While a lot of media attention has focused on students worrying about moving away from home there are those who are simply concerned about making friends when not sharing student digs.

The amount of money saved from student accommodation can be a great help.

Your student loan can be put towards spending money on transport, going out with friends and even travelling during vacation periods.

As a student living at home myself I have used my student loan to plan visits to places such as Barcelona and Iceland.

I was also able to visit Krakow with the university this year with the money I have saved – which was an incredible experience.

Talking to students on your course and doing things outside of lectures can help you to make friends. Going for food, drinks or simply shopping before heading home gives you a chance to talk and get to know your fellow students better.

You can always pop along to Student’s Union nights or on a night out in Middlesbrough with other students on your course. You won’t miss out on anything by not living in halls if you put yourself out there and talk to people  – after all you all have the shared interest of what you have chosen to study.

According to Hesa the number of students living in a parental/ guardian home in 2016 is at more than 300,000. Students are travelling miles to Teesside from places including Newcastle, Sedgefield and Sunderland to get to university simply because they can’t afford to move out. But is the cost of travel really saving them any money?

Catt, who travels by bus to Teesside everyday, said: “The only thing I would regret about staying at home is the amount of money I have to spend on the bus every week. But when I think about it I am saving money in regard to having to move.”

Students can often feel ashamed about not moving out. The stigma that comes with not moving away and living with your parents follows the stereotype of being boring or scared. But sometimes this just isn’t the case.

Teesside is in the top of the league tables for a number of subjects so why would a student need to move away when they have a university that they love on their doorstep?

Opportunities won’t be missed out on simply by not moving away, you’ll already know the area and can make new friends to go and share this with. Making friends with a student who lives in halls can be a great opportunity to still experience the atmosphere within student accommodation.

I received negative reactions from friends at college and even my hairdresser about not moving away to university, many people saying that it was boring and I wouldn’t get a good experience of nightlife. I decided to ignore these comments and go with the university I enjoyed and that was high in the league tables for my course. I wasn’t paying £9,000 a year for good nightlife.

I have still made a number of friends, going out for drinks and on nights out in ‘Boro with people I didn’t even know a year ago and all without having to move out.
Not moving out doesn’t necessarily mean missing out.

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