Your first year at university can be pretty scary. You’re with a completely new group of people, you don’t quite know your way around campus and all you want to do is make some friends. So, we’re giving you some top tips to find some great mates who you can share your university experience with. Your guide on how to make friends at university starts here.
New experiences mean meeting new people. Open yourself to fun opportunities and activities provided by your students’ union and give it a go! From horse-riding to rock-climbing, you might make friends in the last place you’d expect.
2. Find your Passion
Whether it’s supporting the LGBT+ Community, defending women’s rights or pushing for diversity and equality across campus - uni gives you chance to make a difference. Getting involved in campaigns and events is a perfect way to meet like-minded people just like you so you can make worthwhile friends at university.
From cocktail making to the marxist society; the netball society to the comedy society, there will be a society for you. The key to gaining a friend for life is to find someone with the same interest as you. Newcastle University is home to over 160 societies where you can enjoy weekly meetings, socials and events provided by these student-ran groups - take a look at what your university offers when at your freshers’ fair or on the website to get past the first step of finding that dream pal.
Not only are you doing a good deed and enhancing your CV - by volunteering you’re putting yourself in a position where it would be impossible not to make friends. Participating in group activities, teamwork and constant communication are all parts of volunteering. It could be for your local community or a charity - universities provide hundreds of volunteering opportunities for students.
5. Be Supportive
Look out for each other. You’re all in the same boat, knowing that there’s someone there to talk to is reassuring when you’re in a new environment. If you offer support to others, you’re likely to receive it back.
Even if you’re not a top athlete, joining a sports team is one of the best ways to make friends at uni. Playing in a team is a brilliant thing. Get involved in fun socials with your teammates and compete against other universities. You got this.
7. Have fun!
Yes, you came to university for a degree therefore you always have to work hard. But make sure you have balance between your social life and your studies. As stated by the student room, you should only do 15-20 hours of revision a week (with weekends off!). This gives you plenty of time to socialise with your mates and make new friends at university. Go out, see what events are on at your Students’ Union, and socialise to your heart’s content.
Hopefully after following these simple steps about how to make friends at university, you’ll have a great group of mates to enjoy your uni experience with.