Why You Should Study in a New CityTuesday, September 6, 2016 12:00 AM
According to the NUS, around 27% of students live at home while studying at university. This is usually a way to save money, and keep up with a local support network. It’s reliable, and comfortable, but do you really want to play it safe?
We think you should study in a new city, and here’s why:
It Can Be Exhilarating
Going away to university is an incredible opportunity. If you stay home, it can be easy to fall into a rut, but moving to a new city can be exhilarating. You’ll be in an entirely new environment. You’ll see new places, meet new people, and get out of your comfort zone in a really exciting way. Larger cities can offer culture and entertainment which is just not available in smaller towns.
There’s a society for every hobby and a club for every identity. Most have an LGBT group, faith societies, political organisations and many sport and social socs. Throw yourself into the mix and make the most of the opportunities to grow and develop.
You’ll Become Self Reliant
Being in a new city will mean you’ll become self-reliant. It’s likely the first time you’ve ever been away from home. You may know how to cook, clean and work a washing machine, but if you don’t, you’ll have to learn fast. Don’t worry; none of this is rocket science, and there’s immense satisfaction in the first time you change a lightbulb or pay your bills solo.
Emotional self-reliance is as important as being able to run a household. Feeling sad or homesick is totally normal; it’s another feeling to navigate and work through. If you’re struggling, check out this guide to dealing with homesickness at university.
You Get a Fresh Start
If you go away to study in a new city you get a clean slate and the chance for a fresh start. For some, it’s a chance to reinvent themselves; for others, the first chance they’ve ever had to be themselves.
While not always the case, universities tend to be more liberal and varied than sixth form or college. You’ll meet a wider variety of people, with different interests, religions and political views. It’ll help you become more open, tolerant and understanding of others.
Going to study in a new city is a chance to expand your horizons, reinvent yourself and grow as a person. Are you planning to spread your wings and head to pastures new? If so consider reading this guide.