Meeting New People In College

I just got accepted to St. John’s University in New York for their Pharmacy program and I’m going to be attending in the Fall of 2016. I live in New York now, and the school is a 15 minute drive from my house so I will not be living on campus. I’m kinda worried about meeting new people and making new friends because I’m a pretty shy person. I feel like if I were living on campus, it would be easier for me to meet people but I just don’t see the point in dorming if I’m 15 minutes away.

From other people’s experience, what was it like for you? Did you commute to school and find it easy to meet new people?