So, you’ve just arrived at your new university. You’ve unpacked, organized your stuff – now it’s time to get out there and meet your flatmates. Moving to a new country or city can be scary, especially when you don’t know anyone. However, even if you’re shy it’s easier than you think to make friends at university.
‘You had me at hello’
It all starts with this one simple word. Simply saying ‘hello’ to one of your new flatmates or the person you sit next to in lectures can be the start of a brilliant friendship. Be brave – the worst that could happen is that they don’t reply.
Still feel like you don’t know what to say? Use these handy conversation tips from the Huffington post and you’ll be chatting away in no time.
Put the social in ‘social media’
With today’s technology, it’s easier than ever to meet new people. Search for groups for your university and halls and residence. Before moving to Manchester to study I had already joined a dozen university Facebook groups. On my first night in halls, I went to an event organized on social media.
Speaking to members of the group online beforehand meant there was no awkwardness when we finally met in person – we were like old friends!
Join a club
All work and no play makes for a dull student experience. Societies and clubs are a great way to relax and meet like-minded people. So get yourself down to the Fresher’s Fair and sign up for some societies and activities.
Each university has literally hundreds of societies so you’re bound to find something that interests you. There is something for everyone from gaming to dancing, film to mountain climbing, knitting and much, much more.
Embrace Your Differences
Most student halls are a melting pot of cultures, backgrounds, religions, and beliefs. Just because someone isn’t the type of person you would usually hang out with doesn’t mean you won’t become good friends.
Don’t be a recluse
Whilst you don’t need to be sociable 24/7 it’s important to let people know you’re available. Even if you’re working on an essay in your room, keeping your door open shows you don’t mind if a new friend comes over a for a chat.
Be the host with the most
Taking the initiative and throwing a party is a great way to make new friends at university. Most people will want to meet their fellow students so they’ll be grateful to you for making it happen.
It doesn’t have to be anything fancy – just sharing a few drinks and some snacks is a great start. Just don’t break the rules of your accommodation and be prepared for your new friends asking for help every time they need something organized!
Moreover, if you want to ask more questions about studying abroad, do not hesitate and join Hellouni community! Register on our website and get in contact with ambassadors from various universities around the world.