I had a thought this afternoon - a random thought that just popped into my mind, and I laughed. "TopTips for new students leaving home for university life." I was reading a guide on the Aberdeen uni website, and this one wasn't there:
#1 - Make jolly sure that there is loo roll left on the roll before you sit down as you won't be asking anyone to fetch you a spare one!
We are going to Aberdeen in March, the EFG and I. Another adventure is planned but this time we are going north instead of west, and this time the train is taking the strain, instead of me and the Skoda. The EFG needs to get a 16-25 railcard, and I just have to take the hit and pay the fare as the only way I could get the ticket any cheaper would be to take the YFG with me and have a Friends and Family Railcard. She can't miss three days of school, so she can't come this time! I have looked at some of the hotels that the university recommends for people attending this Visiting Day, and they are not cheap - the one that tops the list comes in at £299 a night. I think not. But even the "budget" hotels are looking at £99/room for a night. That seems steep, and would still leave me with the cost of eating out.
But I have a solution. There are self-catering flats in Aberdeen, and they are relatively reasonably priced - I have booked a one bedroom [twin beds] flat for 2 nights for £130. For me, that is a bargain and good for my health as I will be in full control of my food, and we will have all the comforts of home. The deposit was sent off today, and the lady in the office has promised that the time our train gets to Aberdeen [9.15pm!] will not be a problem.
We will arrive on the Tuesday evening, attend the day at the uni on the Wednesday and then have until 2pm on the Thursday to look around Aberdeen a little before we catch the train home. Hopefully the EFG can catch a doze on the train, because it will be after 10pm when we get home but she will still have school on Friday.
I am enjoying the planning and the scheming to achieve this for as little as I can whilst making sure that we do what needs to be done.