Should I take my car to university? | AA Cars

Going to university was never a straightforward affair, but this year there’s even more to think about.

With the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, you might be considering taking your car to university.

But there are certain factors to think about when deciding whether to take your car. Here’s what you need to know.

Will you use public transport?

The infrastructure for public transport is often fantastic in towns and cities with universities. However, you might be sceptical about using trains and buses at the moment.

If you’d rather not use public transport, you’ll have to consider other options, whether that’s walking, cycling or using your own car. Each of these might make you feel safer when out and about, while also making it easier to get around while you’re at university. 

Where will you park your car at university?

Depending on your university, space is often at a premium – especially for universities in city centres rather than on a campus. 

And many universities actively encouraging students and staff not to bring their cars ‘on site’, you need to make sure that you’re able to park somewhere legally and safely, and also that it’s not too expensive. 

Your parking options will vary depending on whether you’re living in university hall or in a house share away from the university itself. 

How often will you need to use your car while you’re there?

Taking your car to university can be especially handy when travelling to and from home. You don’t have to rely on someone else to move you or your belongings, and you won’t have to deal with potentially getting the train.

However, you need to consider how often you’re actually going to use your car once you get there. If you live close to town or to your university, you may rarely need to use your car. On the other hand if you’re intending to travel around a lot, it might be worth having your car with you.

Are there any additional costs?

Parking costs are one thing, but there are often additional costs associated with having your car at university.

As your university halls or student house is likely to be your main residence, you’ll need to change your car insurance to reflect this – and it could be illegal if you don’t.

However, this could incur greater charges, as there is often considered to be greater crime in towns and cities, which drives up premiums. If you’ve gone from parking your car in a garage or on a driveway to leaving it in a car park or on the street, this could affect premiums as well. It’s worth getting a quote for insurance premiums at your new address to see.

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