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    18 Things That Happen When You Go To Uni Far Away

    You will get really excited when you meet someone from back home.

    1. If you're lucky, you will know one person who's come to the same uni as you.

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    If you're really lucky, that person will be someone you actually like, and if you're unlucky, it'll be someone you barely know but keeps wanting to meet up with you for some reason. More likely though, you'll just know no one at all.

    2. You get really excited whenever you meet anyone from your area.

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    "Oh my god, no wayyyy!" ~instant bonding~

    3. And then you begin the desperate search to find a mutual friend.

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    Failing here is not an option, you have to find someone.

    4. You will ask which school they went to, and then freak out if they know someone you were actually friends with.

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    Though a vague acquaintance from two years above is usually good enough.

    5. And if that doesn't work, then someone who went to a nearby school whose name you might have heard once will do.

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    It's not often you get to meet anyone from home any more, so this is still exciting, OK?

    6. You learn how to deal with, and maybe even make use of long train journeys.

    7. You go home much less than most of your flatmates, because the journeys take up half the weekend.

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    There will also be occasional weekends when half your flat all goes home at once, leaving just you, the kid who goes out every single night, and the guy who you're pretty sure has never left his room.

    8. But because you go home less, you also learn to become much more independent.

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    Which is one of the things university is all about.

    9. And also really start valuing the time you spend with your family.

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    Whereas they might have been getting on your nerves when you were with them every day, now you look forward to seeing them. Oh, and best of all, Christmas is exciting again.

    10. At one point you will drag an entire suitcase of dirty laundry halfway across the country.

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    Your parents will not thank you for it.

    11. But that is nothing compared to the end of term, when you somehow have to lug about five different bags on and off several trains.

    12. The North/South divide suddenly becomes a much bigger deal.

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    Basically, you will argue lots about which is better and jokingly slag off the other.

    13. You will become extra proud of the area you are from (even if it's shit).

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    Chances are you might have to defend it a few times, and absence only makes the heart grow fonder.

    14. But you will also get very attached to your new home.

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    And will rave about it to all your home friends when you go back for holidays.

    15. You will get mildly obsessed with some type of local food.

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    And then be eternally devastated that you can't get it back home.

    16. Your accent will become very important (whether you have one or not).

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    If you're from somewhere with a famous accent and you don't have one, you will be questioned about it endlessly. If you do have the accent, everyone will try and copy it. Badly.

    17. Only one of your home friends will ever visit you throughout your entire university life.

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    Maybe two if you're extra nice/lucky. Because it is far and expensive, and students are lazy and broke.

    18. You will become friends with people from backgrounds you had barely even encountered before.

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    Whether it's just people from a totally different part of the country, different countries altogether, people of different races or different economic backgrounds – and you will probably learn a lot because of it.

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