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A-levels, postscript

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Woodface, Aug 27, 2019.

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  1. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    My parents did their best but with hindsight were not that supportive in the run up to Uni, never went to an open day or helped me find accommodation but I didn't know any better at the time.

    I hope to see him once a term as I am up in Newcastle every 6-8 weeks & it is great to be able to text etc. He's just such a great son so I will miss him, gulp.
     
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  2. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    My kids came home every vacation when they were at Leeds and Durham.
    Some vacations they had to, their rooms were used by the universities for conferences.
     
  3. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Just finalised his accommodation, shortly replacing one mortgage with another.
     
  4. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Yeah, he will be home every holiday but I'm not going 10 weeks without seeing him.
     
  5. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Blimey!
     
  6. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Just managed to grab him some decent accommodation, had to go private with Unite in the end. Thick end of £600 a month for 8 months a year, sooner I pay the mortgage off the better!
     
  7. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    cheap


    surely that's down to him. I refused to have mine visit for 2 years. It was great being responsible for my own actions
     
  8. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Jesus. I rented a 2 bed house for not much more than that for the whole year! Only 5 years ago too. Actually, just done the sums - £5400 pa for 2 bedrooms. You are paying £4800 for 1.

    In fact I remember a mate of mine whose dad was a farmer, he bought a 3 bed flat down the bottom end of the Goldhawk Road, opposite a tube station, installed his son and 2 mates, all paying rent. They did very well, he sold after 3 years and cleaned up.
     
  9. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    here landlords oblige the students to take 12 month contracts, regardless of the academic year. And you are looking at £800+ per month for something ok
     
  10. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I hope he is more welcoming than that
     
  11. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Mate of the bloke

    As a student I lived so far from my parents, and was so hard-up, that I couldn't afford to go home during term time. My parents in turn didn't visit me until my graduation ceremony. It's amazing to think how 'hands-off' they were compared to today's parents. My uncle drove me to Lime Street station at the beginning of the first term (my father was at work) and that was it until Christmas.
     
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  12. eternumviti

    eternumviti pfm Member

    I visited daughter twice and for graduation at Durham, drove son down to Reading two or three times in his first year, and graduation. I never even saw the house that he rented with chums in years two and three. They become very independent, and uni years go by in a flash.
     
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  13. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    I wish mine had. They didn't, it was 3 years of hard time. Not an experience that I ever wish to repeat.
     
  14. russel

    russel ./_dazed_and_confused

  15. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    What subject did you do?
     
  16. eternumviti

    eternumviti pfm Member

    I meant your kids' ones, not your own...
     
  17. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Whereabouts?
    I'm from Newcastle.
    The Mrs. is from York.
    We both studied in Manchester.
    I'd be happy if my kids went to any of the three.
     
  18. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    It is on Manor Bank, purpose built thing, very central, pretty much the last decent place left. I think the area used to be a bit dodgy back in the day but seems OK, I know the area quite well.
     
  19. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Yup very central.
    He'll be able to walk everywhere. Ideal for first year.
     
  20. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    Biochemistry, Imperial.
     

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