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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:

  1. Set up a WhatsApp/Facebook GroupSocial Media icons on a phone

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.

  1. 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!

  1. 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.

  1. Get involved with Freshers events!

You’ll end up with tons of free t-shirts, tote bags and pens, info about clubs and societies and hopefully meet a few new students tooFreshers Fair 2022 poster.

  1. Get a part-time job

MyCareerHubWhilst earning a bit of extra pocket money for yourself, you may meet others. It’s also a great way to meet locals and find out more about Bournemouth town and the local area.


  1. 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.

  1. 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.

One Response to “7 ways to be social at university”

  1. Chelsey Lynne

    Thank you for this post – it’s one of those topics that are actually rather important that most people simply fail to pay proper creedence to. Staying active is vital to maintaining mental health and maximizing productivity!


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