How I Manage Commuting as a Postgraduate Student


Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

8 February 2019

Commuting can be hard at the best of times; public transport isn’t always reliable, and travelling to and from uni can take up so much time. For me, my trip into uni is a 160 mile round drive, taking up around 4 hours of my day on a good day! Luckily I only have uni twice a week, but as it is in the evenings (6-8pm) it can mean some late night, dark drives home. Here are my tips to get through your commute!

Remember why you're doing it

It's easy to lose sight of the end goal when you get so fed up with traveling. remember that at the end of the year, two years, three years - however long it is, you'll have a new qualification which will take you where you want to go. All the commuting will have been worth it.


Find a good playlist

Get together all your favourite uplifting songs and put them into a playlist. Have a karaoke session in the car, or a wiggle on the train to brighten up your day and put you in the right frame of mind for learning.


Always leave extra time!

You never know when something could go wrong. There could be extra traffic on the roads, or a cancelled train or bus service. You don't want to travel all that way to be late for your class! If you get to uni a little earlier than you anticipated you can use the time wisely. Do some studying in the library or open access space, or relax in the Students' Union or in one of the cafes. 


Get part-time work in the city you study in

You might find it beneficial to get a part-time job in the city you study in, if you don't already work. That way, you're commuting for more than just one class and the distance travelled has more of a purpose.


Bring some good food

You might have to bring breakfast, lunch and dinner, depending on what time you have to leave and what time you'll get home. Make sure it's good food which will keep you full and energised. 


Happy commuting!


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