Weighing up the full student experience versus the quiet life at home can be hard, especially when there are positive and negative aspects of both. Many students choose to commute to university each year for a variety of reasons – whether it’s the cost of accommodation, responsibilities at home or because they’re studying part-time and only have lectures one day a week.
But how much does commuting affect your university social life? Do the advantages of commuting to university from home outweigh the drawbacks? We’ve outlined some tips for student commuters looking to immerse themselves into university life without having to move away.
Join a university society
Joining a university society is one of the best things you can do while completing your degree – especially as a student commuter. Meeting like-minded people with similar interests is an ideal way to socially integrate, and you may even find other students who are in the same boat as you. Societies are also great for trying something new, enhancing your CV and - most importantly - having fun!
Introduce yourself to your classmates
This may seem like obvious advice, but simply introducing yourself to those in your lectures, seminars and workshops is one of the best approaches to making friends at university at the earliest possible stage. It’s easy to forget that everyone is in the same position, having been thrown into a completely new situation with a group of people they’ve never met. So saying hello to the person you’re sat next to in your first class will provide a huge sense of relief – for you and for them!
Alternatively, you could look into joining a student car share scheme.
Schedule group study sessions
Once you’ve made friends with the people on your course, make a conscious effort to keep one night a week free to arrange group study sessions. You could meet in the library, invite them over to yours or even go back to their flat (you may find that you get on well with their flatmates, too!). Spending time with your peers outside of class provides the opportunity to get to know them better, as well as breaking up the monotony of studying alone.
Impart your knowledge of the local area
If your decision to commute to university is due to already living in the area you plan to study, a great way to make friends is by letting people know the best places in town to visit. From the best bars to local gigs and places to eat, you’ll probably find that people moving to a new place will appreciate a good recommendation.
Try to attend university events
Whether it’s the Freshers’ Fair, a pub quiz or a Christmas night out, it’s good to get involved with any social events that are happening outside of your university lectures and seminars. Getting to know people on a more personal basis is a great way to make long-lasting friendships and build a sense of community when you’re back on campus.
Student car insurance from Endsleigh
If you decide that commuting to university is the best option for you, it’s important to make sure your car is protected against any vehicle-related problems that may arise. Student car insurance policies from Endsleigh can be tailored to your individual needs – from RAC breakdown cover to personal accident cover and hire cars.