Should I Take My Car to University?
Heading off to uni but don’t know whether or not you should bring your beloved car along? We’ve weighed up some of the pros and cons.
Yay – you got in to uni! 🎉 For many, going to uni is the first time you’ll be living on your own. There are so many life skills you’re going to need to acquire! How do you bake brownies, or even make toast, without burning the flat down? What do all of the buttons on a washing machine actually do? 🤔 But there are plenty of pros, of course! The biggest one being that you now have a whole new level of independence, with a place of your own (sort of).
It’s pretty difficult deciding what you should pack. While deciding whether or not to bring your entire trainer collection is a massive decision, you should definitely give a little bit of thought to whether or not you should take your car. We’ve laid out the pros and cons, so you can take more time pondering over which of your many wardrobe items are a necessity.
The initial move
For some, having a family member or friend help them move is not an option. This leads to carrying a huge amount of luggage on public transport!😱 Bringing a car to uni could make the initial move a hundred times easier. Also, if you need to pick up a few extra things to deck out your place, it’s waaay easier to pop to IKEA when you’ve got your own car.
Going on supermarket runs
Carrying bags upon bags of food from the shops to your flat is not exactly ideal. With a car, you’ll be able to drive to a proper supermarket, with more choice, and not worry about a bag breaking on the trek back!
Seeing beyond the SU
If you’re going to be living somewhere for at least three years, you should definitely be exploring outside whatever’s in walking distance of your accommodation! Bringing a car to uni means that you can explore the surrounding area. Planning fun day-trips early on in the semester can be a great way to get to know your new flatmates and do some bonding.
Public transport can be a nightmare. Trains and buses sometimes have this habit of just not showing up! If ‘home’ is a remote area, with limited public transport links, it can be even more of a nightmare. In your car, at least you can leave whenever you’re ready to, and you don’t have to lug two bin bags of washing on to an over-crowded train. Plus, you’re 💯 guaranteed a seat!
Where do you park it?
It’s all well and good bringing your car to uni, but is it worth it if you’ll have to park a 20 minute walk away on a remote side street (eeek – parallel parking 😬)? Some student halls charge a fortune for a parking permit, if they offer parking at all. It’s probably best to suss out the parking situation before you bring your car along to uni.
There’s a fine line between taking one for the team and becoming a taxi service
It’s basically confirmed that people who bring their cars to uni are heroes, but some people can take advantage of it. Will you take me to the train station? Sure. Can we go on a house supermarket trip? Of course! Please can you pick me up from my boyfriend’s, who lives a 5 min walk away, for the third time this week? Absolutely not. If you’re always asked for a lift, make them drive themselves with Car Sharing Insurance, leave your car at home, or consider a new side hustle as a taxi driver.
It’s an extra cost
As a student, money’s tight enough without having to worry about petrol, parking permits and extra maintenance costs for your car. Plus, if you’re going to take your car to uni, you’ll have to inform your insurer about the change of address, which may affect your premium.
Thinking of taking your car to uni, but don’t want to carry 100% of the burden? Take a look at our Car Sharing Insurance. Your mates can insure themselves on your car for one hour to 30 days, so you can ride shotgun instead of taking the wheel for a change, or just stay at the flat and focus on your studies!