“I was really nervous before I started university because I lived at home and didn’t want to miss out on Welcome Week. I joined the Not in Halls Facebook group and created a chat with over twenty other people in the same situation, so we could arrange to meet up to go to events together. Some of the people I spent Welcome Week with I no longer see, whereas others are very good friends.
“I’m so glad I took the plunge and reached out to others! You have to remember that as a student living at home, who isn’t surrounded by other flatmates, you have to be proactive. I’ve never regretted living at home because I made it work for me; I went on nights out, made friends and just had fun!”