Ever since I’ve been in education from the age of 3, I’ve been studying in Manchester. Now that’s nursery, primary school, high school and college. And from high school, I was with the same people, so ultimately, I’ve been surrounded by the same people from the ages of 11 – 18. Now, that has been amazing.

Honestly, being surrounded by your best friends every day, going to school/college and studying with them, being in the same lessons as them, making mischief and just living while we’re young has been so much fun and we’ve made hundreds and hundreds of memories.

However, being with the same people means that, yes, you’re with your best friends every day, but you’re also with another lot of people: the ones that were nasty to you, the ones that put you down; the negative people. Being with those same people for 7 years isn’t exactly a good thing.

Which is one of the reasons why I made the decision to move to London for university – it wasn’t only because I was sick of being around negative people, it was also because I wanted to venture off and do my own thing. I wanted to experience a different side to life; one that I’d never seen before. And I’m so glad that I did.

Now, when you hear the words “study in London”, what are the first thoughts that come to your mind? The word expensive might just pop in there. And it can be quite expensive; university in general is expensive, never mind university in London. But, for me, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

Here are just some of the reasons why I’m glad I moved out to London for university:

  • I knew absolutely no-one at my university. It was a completely fresh start
  • I’m becoming independent and learning how to do things on my own
  • I love the city life, so London is perfect
  • I’ve had more space to find myself and really understand what I enjoy
  • I’ve had the chance to do so many different things
  • I’m meeting different kinds of people with different perspectives of life
  • I’m opening up my mind and broadening my horizons
  • I’m meeting so many like-minded people
  • There’s so much to do and so much to see! Including stuff that’s free (we all love a good freebie!)
  • It’s easy to get around – most of the time I LOVE the tube!
  • It’s only a train ride home – I get the best of both worlds!

What’s one thing you’re glad you took control of and changed this last year? If there’s nothing, then what’s one thing you’re going to take control of this year?

All the love, as always,

1 Week Mary x



  1. I’m 16 so I’m having to start thinking about university and what location I want to go to. For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to study in London but as it’s got closer to applying ect. the though of moving away from home makes me a little nervous but this post has made me so much more at ease about possibly moving away so thanks so much for it!!!!! xoxo

    1. Awww I would definitely say, you know what, go for it! You’ll learn a lot about yourself and it’ll actually make you closer to your friends and family because you’ll appreciate them more. It’s a once in a lifetime experience! Of course you’ll feel nervous but don’t worry everyone does, we’re all in the same boat. And that’s so nice to hear, I’m glad I could help! I’ve also got a post on people’s experiences about staying home/moving out so feel free to give that a read! If there’s anything I can help you with just let me know Hun, thanks for commenting! Xxx

  2. As someone who chose to go to uni relatively close to home (a 40 minute drive away), I was really interested to read this! At the time when I was picking unis, I didn’t quite feel independent enough/ready to move far away, but now I’ve graduated the only regret I have was not taking the leap to go further away! I totally agree that it’s very difficult to move forward and grow if you’re surrounded by the same people – something I realised at uni.

    Well done to you for going for it though, with that kind of spirit you’re bound to go far ♥

    Sinéad ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

    1. Thanks so much for reading & commenting and I feel like we can only realise when we go through it ourselves right? Like the fact that you realised it was difficult to grow when surrounded by the same people at uni – that had to happen so you could realise and grow and develop, the same way that it had to happen to me too 🙂 thank you so much I really appreciate you saying that 😀 xx

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