Produced by Hannah
BA (Hons) Social Work
Starting university for the first time can be daunting, particularly the idea of making new friends and socialising but it’s not all scary! Here are a few ways you can make new friends at university:
Have a hunt around to see if there’s any already going the summer before you join. For me, this was a lovely way to meet up with a few of the students on my course the summer before we started.
- Join your union’s clubs and societies!
There’s a club or society for literally anyone, for any interest and ability. Whether you love video games, want to learn a new language, are an international student looking to meet likewise students, enjoy a night out, are a Harry Potter fan, or into your sports, there is something for everyone. If you really can’t find something, then you can start your own!
- Invite your flat/hall buddies for a get-together!
If you’re heading into halls, why not set up a get-together in a communal spot? Choose a movie night, a chat over a coffee or games and a night out, it’s a great way to ask your hall buddies to join you and get to know one another.
- Get involved with Freshers events!
- Get a part-time job
- Or volunteer
Maybe you can spare a few hours during your week to meet like-minded people and dedicate some time to a good cause.
- Take on new challenges and say yes!
Lastly, consider stepping outside your comfort zone, whether it be approaching someone else at lunch, reaching out to a new group or making eye contact with those in your new lectures. Be bold and start a conversation. You never know what friendships might happen because of it.