• Everyone is looking to make friends at university, especially during the first few weeks, and there are lots of opportunities for you to do so. If you’re shy or feeling nervous, remember that most people will be friendly and you may just need to push yourself a little at the start.

    Remember that it takes time to settle in and make friends, it doesn’t happen overnight but a little effort at the start will go a long way. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed or homesick come and talk to our welcome team on the Reception for New Students you won’t be the only one feeling that way.

    • Once you’ve received your offer of accommodation from the University, why not join our halls groups and find us on Facebook? We’ve set up groups for each area of accommodation. These can be a good way of introducing yourself to your fellow students or even planning things to do in your first week. If you’re shy, communicating online can be much easier than face-to-face and can give you some things to talk about when you eventually meet.

    •  If in halls think about what to pack that could help you make friends. You could bring some snacks and drinks that you can offer to your flat mates on the first day to help break the ice. 

    • If you’re living in Halls don’t be the messy housemate. Be considerate of other peoples’ space by cleaning up after yourself (this one is common sense but there’s always one person who forgets).

    • Find a society you’re interested in. There’s a lot of choice, and joining a society is a great way to make new friends with similar interests.

    • If someone invites you to something, make the extra effort to say yes. If you’re shy it can be easy to think of all the reasons not to do something, but you can’t know how good something will be until you try it.

    • Seek advice from other students. See if your course runs a mentor scheme and ask your guiders questions about the university during your course induction.

    • The International Students Advice Team organises social events during arrivals and throughout the semester. It is a good opportunity to meet students from all around the world.
    • Pick societies you’re really interested in. Societies are a great opportunity to expand the number of people you know and have fun at the same time. Pick a society or two that you would genuinely be interested in joining and committing to going to every week and try it out.

    • Go to the societies’ social events. Most societies have social events throughout the semester and these can be a great place to meet more people.

    • Consider volunteering. Volunteering can be a great way to make friends and help with community projects at the same time.
    Remember that it takes time to settle in and make friends, it doesn’t happen overnight but a little effort at the start will go a long way.