I'll be starting a MusM Music degree in September and I'll be commuting from Sheffield. I believe I'll only be there 2-3 days a week, so it shouldn't be too much of an issue, but I was wondering if anyone else has done this.
I'm debating whether to do it by train, or whether to drive. I don't live in the centre of Sheffield, so I'd have to get a train from my village to Sheffield, and then another to Manchester. How easy is it to get to the uni from the train station? (I think it's either Piccadilly or Oxford Road). The train journey is about 1hr 35mins, but it's a 10 minute walk to the station from my house, and then however long to uni on the other end. The fare is about £12.50 return.
By car, it's about 1hr 30mins, not taking into account possible heavy traffic over the Woodhead Pass, or bad weather and closure during the winter. I drove there for the open day and it wasn't too bad and I managed to get parked ok; is parking normally alright? I can't remember exactly how much I paid, but I don't think it was too bad. Is there some kind of permit I could apply for? I suppose everything depends on what time my lectures are. I'd try to plan to be travelling outside rush hour to make it easier. I've worked out that petrol will cost about £15 a day.
Has anyone else had experience of this commute? What method would you recommend?
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