(Closed) NWR: Long Commute! Is an Hour and a Half feasible?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

No, you can’t. Think of it this way. Three hours a day, in a car. Plus the amount of gas (for at least 200 miles). Darling Husband and I lived 90 minutes apart for 3 years, and even just driving there and back on the weekends became rough. 

I would look to getting a place there, or perhaps subleasing. Usually plenty of places open up for the summer. 

Post # 4
3982 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I commute 45 minutes to school and my gas bill is through the roof and I have actually skipped class a few days simply because I dreaded the drive. I would NOT reccomend that commute at all!

Post # 5
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would look into renting a room from someone. The gas prices will eat you alive, let alone the wear and tear on your car – and sanity!!

Post # 7
711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am in teachers college right now and I have about 6 students in my cohort who drive an hour and a half or more a day (and most of them have kids). Dont ask me how they do it lol

Post # 8
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I ditto what everyone else said. I know 6 weeks seems like a long time, but it will fly by. Another consideration is, what about if there is traffic and/or an accident; your commute could be even longer.

Post # 10
10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

It’s going to get old quick! Currently, our commute (FI and I work for the same company) is about 50 minutes but thats with standard traffic. Add some rain or, god forbid, a fender bender into the mix and we’re looking at closer to an hour and a half with all the god damn rubberneckers on the road. Don’t even get me started on the 3 hour commute when there’s a snow storm. It sucks. Even 50 minutes is a lot when you realize you have to do it twice a day. Our commute has put a boat load of miles on our car (3 years old and more than 70k miles). If we weren’t so comfortable in our jobs, we would look for something closer to home. 

Post # 13
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Interesting how many people don’t see this as feasible!

I commute an hour each way every day for work. It’s shorter than my commute was when I lived in LA!

Honestly, you get used to it.

Post # 14
46421 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ddw: Feasible is diiferent from healthy or desirable, She is talking about a commute that is 50% longer than you do. Plus there will be required reading and writing in the evenings after class and after the commmute.

Most universities have some sort of bulletin board where summer school students can contact each other and line up temporary accomodation including a roommate if that is what you are looking for.

Post # 15
1986 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I did half that last summer- 45 minutes there and  45min-1hour back.

I would do 45 minutes again however I would not be happy about it, anything over that would be an absolute no.  It was insanity, I hate driving so I have no idea why I agreed to do that to myself.  Added on top of that every once in awhile there would be accidents that would add lots of time to my drive- one day it took me 3 hours to get home (2 of which were on a 2 mile stretch).

Post # 16
1126 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have a friend with that same commute, and yes she skips class a lot and doesn’t have as much time to study as she needs.  But she wanted to be able to come home every night to her family and her own house, so she made that choice.  You could look into subletting a room, or if you have a friend whose couch you could crash on if you’re particularly tired one night.  But while it would be a total pain, I do think it’s feasible.  And your gas prices wouldn’t be any more than the cost of subletting, so that’s all pretty much the same.

Plus, if you can make good use of your time (catch up on phone calls, listen to books on tape, relax, listen to any study tapes), then it might actually benefit you.  It’s only 6 weeks, so if you want to I think you could easily do it.

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