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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. Insider Abdullah tells his story.

'I live with my parents in Sheffield. At first, I was worried about how I would make friends when it seemed like everyone else would be moving into accommodation. But actually it was easy.

'In the first two weeks, talk to as many people as you can. If you’re not living in halls with a big group of students, sometimes you just have to force yourself to speak to people! Just introduce yourself, say hi, how are you, my name is etc. Go to your course induction in Welcome Week so you meet your coursemates – it’s a really good icebreaker.

'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!'

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