Commuting to uni?
Do you already live in Sheffield or nearby? Not moving to come to uni? You won’t be alone – around a third of the students here stay at home and travel into uni each day.
Join our Facebook group Sheffield Hallam Student Commuters and meet people like you – living in or near Sheffield and about to start at Hallam. Swap tips and find out about exclusive events for stay-at-home students.
‘In the first two weeks, talk to as many people as you can. You can start off having two different lives – your uni life and your normal life from before. But after a while, you do bring them both together. Now my uni friends know my other friends from Sheffield. They’ve even met my parents!'
President of the Students’ Union (and commuter)
6 things I’ve learned commuting to Sheffield
by Laura Burden, journalism student
I live with my parents on the outskirts of Derby. Every day I travel 2 hours to get to university, and another 2 hours to get home.
Here are 6 things I’ve learned from my daily commute.
1. Make friends with your coursemates
Starting a new course and trying to socialise when commuting can be tricky. Start with the obvious – speak to people on your course. You're all studying the same things, so start by talking about that, and any common interests and quirks will soon pop-up.
2. Stay organised and use your time wisely
You'll spend a lot of time on buses or trains, just getting to and from classes. Think about how you can make that time more productive or enjoyable.
3. Keep an eye on your spending
Maybe you have less living costs by staying at home or away from Sheffield but, commuting can be expensive. It's tempting to grab a hot drink or snack at the train station, but it's pricey too! Get yourself some kind of Railcard or bus pass.
4. Communicate with people
Speak to your tutors and friends about any support you might need, especially if you have a long or awkward commute. My coursemates and tutors are always happy to help when trains have been cancelled or when I can't be in Sheffield early in the morning or late at night.
5. Do your research
My journey is different everyday with two different trains to catch. It's more expensive in the morning and the last train is at 8pm. How much will travelling cost you? How long will your commute be? Are there any constraints that might be awkward? Knowing these things takes away a lot of the hassle!
6. Use your commuter discount
Keep your train, bus or parking ticket and you can use it to get a 30% discount off all hot drinks in Coffee Union at the Students’ Union. And don't miss the regular commuter breakfasts – check the Facebook group for details.