Over 23,000 ‘freshers’ are due to arrive in Sheffield this weekend - the first wave of the city’s 62,000-plus student population which is returning after the long summer break.
Sheffield Hallam University is now one of the largest in the country with more than 37,000 students, while the University of Sheffield has around 26,000.
A report launched at the Houses of Parliament last year estimated that international students alone contribute more than £120 million to the city’s economy over a single year.
Together the universities also employ 11,000 staff.
Residents and motorists are being warned that roads in some parts of the city will be more congested than usual, especially in the city centre, Broomhill, Crookes and around Ecclesall Road.
The city remains in high demand as a university destination, with Sheffield University rated by students as number in the country for its all round undergraduate experience earlier this year.
City council leader Coun Julie Dore said: “We all know that Sheffield is a fantastic city and it’s no wonder that it’s so popular with students.
“We’re really pleased to welcome all students back to Sheffield,” she added.