Finding your way and making friends at university


Faculty: Science and Engineering
School: Engineering and the Built Environment
Course: BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
Category: Engineering

11 September 2019

So, you’ve gotten through A-levels, made it past results day and you're off to university. The thing on most people’s mind is meeting new people and getting along with them. Here’s a few ways to make it easier.


So, square one, your flatmates. I mean you are going to be living with these people for a whole year, the experience is going to be a lot better if you get acquainted. Who knows, you might end up finding a live-in best friend or, bonus, a whole clique of best friends depending on the size of your flat.

Freshers' Week

Go to your university's planned events. There'll be a lot of things going on for Freshers' during the first week, as well as throughout the  year. You can choose whatever you feel. You're going through this journey with loads of different people who also want to meet new people. That's great because you can share in any initial awkwardness and have great 'how we met' stories.


Student societies are a great way to meet people with similar interests, which makes small talk easy right off the bat and allows you to try new things. You might be sceptical and that’s alright. You should try to push your boundaries, find new limits. The good thing is you’re not committed to anything; you can take a free trial and commit later.


Try a sport. It’s a great way to meet people (and boost your fitness as well), which can also be great motivation to continue going throughout the year. If you’re just not feeling it one day, you'll have someone to drag you out the house.

The important thing to remember is you can’t be friends with everyone. You click with some people and just don’t with others. It might take a while or happen instantly: either way you’ll be fine. Just remember to enjoy this new journey you’re embarking on.


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