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To ask if it's reasonable for Someone to travel 1 hour and 15 minutes to college

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User700800 Fri 10-Nov-17 19:49:31

Specialist one?

Phosphorus Fri 10-Nov-17 19:50:38

Yes, of course.

Lots of kids travel that long to super selectives etc.

C4Envelope Fri 10-Nov-17 19:51:53

I'd say so. I'm
Currently doing a 1hr5min journey each way to and from a placement school as part of my teacher training for five weeks.. if you want something you have to make decisions and sometimes with those decisions come sacrifices.

ButchyRestingFace Fri 10-Nov-17 19:52:08

I used to travel up to 2 hours each way to uni.

Still here.

Callamia Fri 10-Nov-17 19:53:03

It’s annoying, but it’s fine.
I had friends who did that for College - we studied something that wasn’t available in many places.

FiveGoMadInDorset Fri 10-Nov-17 19:53:55

Longest bus to our local secondary school is an hour so college should be fine

StealthNinjaMum Fri 10-Nov-17 19:54:03

Yes, I think so. Some school kids have an hour's journey and I think my college journey was about an hour and ten minutes when I did my a levels.

NancyJoan Fri 10-Nov-17 19:54:07

Yes. And well worth it if it’s for something unavailable elsewhere. Alternative would be to move closer, of course.

SilverSpot Fri 10-Nov-17 19:54:32

Annoying and tiring but if it's the best place then so be it.

Also depends on the 'quality' of the commute. Is that a 5 min walk 1h on a train then a 10m walk or is it 3 busses and a 20 min walk either side.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Fri 10-Nov-17 19:55:06

Dses have travelled just under an hour from aged 13, so I say yes.

lougle Fri 10-Nov-17 19:55:10

DD1 is 11, has SN, and gets picked up at 7.40 am for Special School, which starts at 9.00 am. Perfectly normal for kids like her. So college should be a doddle with that travel time, I would think.

BeeFarseer Fri 10-Nov-17 19:56:08

I travelled an hour and a half to get to my sixth form college. I hated it. All my friends I made there travelled a similar distance too, but from the opposite direction to me, so we lived too far apart to socialise much outside of college. It made me miserable and I messed up my A levels because I was so fed up with travelling so far every day, then having to do work at home and hold down my weekend job. I wish I'd just gone to the local college with my friends from school.

This was all a long time ago, but I still remember very well how miserable I was.

peachgreen Fri 10-Nov-17 19:56:30

I did 1 hour 30 mins each way to a normal sixth form. Was out the house from 6am - 6pm every day. It was pretty exhausting but I think if I hadn’t tried to work as much as I did (2 evenings plus both weekend days) I would have coped.

notacooldad Fri 10-Nov-17 19:58:48

For DS it is a
35 min car journey journey down the motorway if we take him
2.5 hrs on public transport
1.5 hrs to cycle

MaMisled Fri 10-Nov-17 20:01:30

Yes, my DD did for two years. She never complained. She napped, caught up with Facebook or read.

Purpleforest Fri 10-Nov-17 20:04:06

I wouldn't have any of mine do it if there was a good alternative. It's tiring for them and means they miss out on social activities.

But if it's the only suitable college, or very much the best, then yes I'd say it's doable

kali110 Fri 10-Nov-17 20:05:09

Used to take me an 1.5 , 2 hours if i couldn't get the one bus ( which one ran twice a day).
I did it.

kali110 Fri 10-Nov-17 20:05:32

Only*

ChaChaChaCh4nges Fri 10-Nov-17 20:07:17

I did a journey of 1.5 hours each way from the ages of 11 to 18. It was fine.

Glumglowworm Fri 10-Nov-17 20:13:35

I used to do an hour bus ride each way to sixth form. It was an annoying journey because 20 minutes was a loop through another part of town that was all traffic jam, but easy in that the bus stop was less than 5 minutes walk from my house and it took me right to the college.

There were a couple of closer colleges but I chose the one I liked best

BenLui Fri 10-Nov-17 20:14:38

I did it for university. Got lots of reading done on the bus.

EmpressOfTheSpartacusOceans Fri 10-Nov-17 20:14:41

I used to travel that far to secondary school.

Papergirl1968 Fri 10-Nov-17 20:23:35

Yes, my dd, who has some emotional and behavioural problems, and struggles academically, goes to agricultural college to study horse care. It’s about 1hr 15 mins by coach so means long days, but it is only three days a week.
I’d love to say she reads or studies but I think it’s more chatting and messing on phone.

Petalflowers Fri 10-Nov-17 20:25:10

My ds can take an hour using public transport to get home, a journey of four mile. It involves a bus or walk into town, and then a bus out to the village, and then a ten minute walk. It's not unusual in the semi-rural area I live in.

mindutopia Fri 10-Nov-17 20:26:11

If you have to. Until recently, I traveled 3 hours EACH WAY to work (6 hours total commuting a day). I fortunately only had to do that usually 3 days a week and worked from home the other day. The only thing to consider though is your commuting costs, which can be considerable, and added expenses for extra childcare needed if you have children.

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