How to be a commuter student – and keep your social life

Weighing up the full student experience versus a peaceful home life can be hard, but there are ways to enjoy both

I felt an immense pressure when choosing which university campus I wanted to attend. In the end, it was the cost of Cambridge’s student accommodation that swung my decision to commute from home. But I couldn’t help feeling that I’d be depriving myself of a social life.

Fellow commuter student Eleanor Penny faced a similar dilemma. “Many people made me feel like I would be missing out by not moving into student accommodation,” she says. “I suffered from mental health issues which made commuting an easier option for me.”

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