Making Friends

University might be the first time you move somewhere without the friends you have made at School or College. At first, this might sound scary, but you’ll soon learn it’s a great experience and a fantastic opportunity.

University gives you the chance to meet people from different backgrounds and people with similar interests to you. You will be able to make friends not only on your course but through sports clubs and societies as well as living in halls, if you choose to do so.

Here are our top tips to making friends at University:

  • Be yourself
    University sees so many different types of people coming together, so don’t be afraid that there won’t be anyone like you – there will!
  • Get out of your comfort zone
    It’s a great time to try new things – always fancied being part of a debating society or part of the football team but felt too nervous to get involved? Do it! If you don’t like it, that’s fine! Try something else. There are so many sports clubs and societies at University that you’ll find something to suit you and meet likeminded people. If there’s not a society already set up, then make your own!
  • Speak to people from different parts of the University
    If you’re in halls, don’t feel that you have to only be friends with your flatmates. Speak to people on your course, around the University and wherever you can. It’s great to have different groups of friends to make the most of your University experience.
  • Get involved with the events organised by the Students’ Union (SU)
    The SU will put on a number of events throughout the first few weeks at University and it’s a perfect starting place to see what you’d like to get involved with alongside your studies and the ideal place to make new friends.
  • See if there are any Facebook groups for new starters or for your course
    People often create groups for those starting University in the same year as you, take a look and get involved with the conversations. It’s a great way to introduce yourself and see if there is anyone you can look out for on your first day.
  • If you live in halls, keep your door open
    If you’ve moved away from home and will be living in halls, keeping your bedroom door open when you’re in is a great way to encourage people to pop in and say ‘Hi’ if you’re feeling a little nervous to make the first move. Similarly, if someone in your flat has their door shut, knock on their door and make sure they are OK and to join in with anything you plan if they want to.
  • Go to your course induction
    Your course induction is the perfect opportunity to meet people on your course, the chances are you’ll have a lot in common – you’ve chosen the same course at the same university, it’s a good start!
  • You don’t have to go on nights out to make friends
    Many students worry that they aren’t the ‘party’ kind of person and will therefore struggle to make friends. You won’t be the only one! Many students prefer the quieter life so why not host a ‘Come Dine with Me’ evening with course or flat mates, or hold a movie night. Remember there are many other things students like to do apart from party.
  • Remember everyone is in the same boat!
    The majority of people going to University will be in the same situation as you are – not knowing many, if any, people and feeling a little overwhelmed. It’s normal! You’ll soon settle in and remember, there are a number of support services available to you to help you with University life.