Article written by Elise Bowes, Student Communications Officer, and recent Oxford Brookes BA Film graduate
University can be an exciting and enjoyable experience, but it’s also normal to feel anxious or lonely at times. It’s good to remember that everyone is different: some people take quickly to new environments and others need more time to settle in, and both of these are okay.
When I started at Oxford Brookes, I lived in private accommodation and commuted into campus, so I naturally felt a bit out of the social loop. That feeling of isolation was only exacerbated when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. However, as time went on I discovered lots of ways to put myself out there, build some wonderful friendships, and thoroughly enjoy my university experience.
Here are some of my top tips for making friends at Brookes:
If you’re feeling isolated or you just need some extra support, Student Support Services has teams of trained professionals to help and advise you. This video can help you find out where to go to ask for support. If you’re not sure who to contact or can’t find what you need, please contact Student Support Services on email@example.com or 01865 484650.