Thousands of students land in city for start of new term

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AN INFLUX of more than 40,000 students has arrived in Sheffield for the start of the term - set to benefit the city to the tune of £325 million.

Sheffield and Hallam universities say the undergraduates boost the local economy through spending on accommodation, travel, leisure, food and entertainment.

Among the new intake is a growing number of foreign students, particularly from the Far East.

But the benefits to Sheffield could be even higher.

The figure for economic benefit excludes fees - a significant proportion of which end up in the economy through staff wages.

Also not included are numbers of part-time and postgraduate students, numbering an additional 14,400 at Hallam, plus thousands more at Sheffield University.

A Sheffield Hallam University spokesman said: “Students play a hugely important role in the economy of the city and the region. Many also make a useful contribution to the workforce, by taking up part time jobs.

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