Thursday, 17 September 2015

Making Friends At Uni: My Top Five Tips


Moving away from home to a new city can be scary enough when you start Uni; let alone the thought of not knowing anyone when you get there! Luckily, there are lots of things you can do to ensure you don't feel isolated and make the most of being around new people! As a fourth year student, I'm going to share with you my tips for making friends at uni, which I can honestly tell you do really work!

1. Invest in a doorstop! Let's start with the strangest one. From my experiences, if you're living in halls or student accommodation, bedroom doors tend to be heavy and uninviting. Make yourself seem friendlier and welcoming by wedging your door open so that your flatmates feel they can approach you easily! It really can make a difference, no matter how small.

2. Bring chocolates/cake for your new flatmates. Who doesn't like chocolate? It makes for a great icebreaker and allows for easy conversation to flow over cake and tea!

3. Ask questions. Once you've got the conversation flowing, don't forget to ask lots of questions. Fun fact: we love talking about ourselves! It's the thing we know the most about and it also helps to get to know your new housemates better. You don't have to go in with the deep questions straight away; simple things such as where they grew up, what hobbies they have, do they play any sports etc.

4. Everyone is in the same boat! Don't forget that your flatmates probably feel just the same as you! So be the one to initiate the conversation because chances are they're dying to make friends with everyone else too. 

5. Join societies. Not everyone clicks with their flatmates - and that's okay! Even if you do, a great way to make new friends with similar interests to you is to get your bum down to your Uni's societies fair and join any that interest you. Societies often hold events or weekly meetups where you can meet and socialise with other people. 




I really hope this helps - I know how scary and intimidating it can be but trust me, it does get better! Just do you!
If you missed my University checklist, you can check it out here!

3 comments:

  1. A doorstep definitely is a must-have.. although they gave us a row for keeping our doors open as it was a fire hazard or something! Also cakes and things are great too! : ) Great tips! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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  2. I find that it's always such a nice relationship in the beginning, but then eventually, it falls apart :(

    Ayre

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  3. Great tips, esp bring chocolates/cake!! :D So true! Lovely post, hon.
    The main thing is to keep the new relationships going, built them up & keep in touch.
    xox Nadia
    http://mielandmint.blogspot.co.uk/

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