Hello all 🙂
Whether you’re moving away to a new city or you’re rolling out of bed to go to a local university, you might be wondering how you’re going to settle in and make friends. Well, to help you do just that we’ve put together this handy guide!
First thing’s first
Before you even arrive at the university, have a look on Facebook and see if there’s a new starters group to join. This will help you find friends from your classes and halls, and will make it a little easier for when you arrive.
Next on the table – Clubs & Societies
Clubs & societies often go hand in hand with being a student, but not everyone is open to joining one. Being a part of a society can massively change your time at university, in a positive way. Whether it’s a sports team, a book club or a film society, joining one can add to your pool of friends and can be a welcome break from your studies. So, try not to shy away from them, they really are a great way to meet people and solidify those relationships that you already have in place.
Have a bit of fun – Freshers Week
If you’re planning on studying in a bustling city, like Liverpool, then you’ll more than likely take part in freshers events. These events give you the opportunity to meet lots of new people, and are a really good way for you to make new friends.
Thought about a part-time job?
If you’re looking for a more natural way of meeting new people, have you considered getting a part-time job? Not only will this help you meet some new people, but you can make a bit of money while you’re doing it! I would recommend that you apply for jobs before you come to university so you can beat the traffic when it comes to applications and opportunities!
Be the host not the guest
Sometimes it’s easier to wait for other people to invite you to social events, rather than being the one to organise it. So be bold, take a risk and organise a something for people to join. Inviting course mates around for a film night, a party or even going into town for a shop might be the one step needed to help spark a lasting friendship.
I hope even one of these tips help you for when you start university.
Best of luck!
Patrick – Graduate Advocate