How to make awesome new friends at university!
Join Societies or Sports ClubsDuring your inductions in your first few weeks at university, you’ll hear this one over and over, but that’s for good reason. There will be a wide range of societies from film-makers to board games. Not to mention a long list of sports clubs including climbing, football, and archery. Our tip is to join some you already enjoy and some that are completely new to you. That’s a simple yet effective way of finding people with similar interests whilst picking up some new ones too.
Join Facebook groups
This can be super helpful for those nervous about moving to uni. It’s almost certain that someone from your course or flat will have made a facebook group just give it a search and join. If there isn’t one, you could create one. That way you can introduce yourself to everyone that joins and start getting to know people before you even arrive.
Talk to your flatmates – they might be awesome!
You’d be surprised how overlooked this one is. Take some time to get to know your flatmates, you’ll likely have something in common with a lot of them. It’s also an easy way to learn about new things you’d be interested in. We’d go one step further and recommend you buy a doorstop to prop your door open, this way you’ll never miss out on any of the action.
Take an interest in other people’s interests’
It’s likely until now you’ve had the same group of friends your whole life, you have hobbies you enjoy and you usually stick to these. Now is the perfect time to find out some new things that you might not have tried before. You’ll meet people from lots of different backgrounds, this is your opportunity to explore and grow.
Be nice to people
This is so simple, but it goes a long way, smile at people it helps to connect. Make effort to talk to people but above all be polite. You never know who you might have to work with on projects in the future, not to mention everyone is getting to know each other and by upsetting someone you might remove yourself from an entire group further down the line. Best to treat others as you’d like to be treated, you’ll be amazed at how well other people respond.
Don’t put all your eggs into one basket
Now, you never know what is going to happen with your friends further down the line. Lots of students make friends in freshers’ week but then never speak to them again. It’s a good idea to make friends with as many people as you can early on. It’s healthy to have different groups of friends based around things that you enjoy, this way you won’t miss out on things you’d enjoy.
These are just a number of ways to make new friends at university and for every student its different. The most important thing is to enjoy your experience and don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone and try new things. Just remember everyone is in the same boat and by making the first move you could start some lifelong friendships. Remember everyone feels lonely sometimes but hopefully, some of these tips have helped you to learn exactly how to make awesome new friends at university!