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How to break the ice with your new mates

By bzbeth 08 Sep 2018

If you're worrying that you still haven't met many people or that things are still a bit awks with your flatmates, you're in the right place! 

We've got your back!

Living with complete strangers and studying alongside people you haven't met before is a completely new experience, but an amazing one.

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If you're wondering how to really break the ice, here are some ideas:

  • Events: Freshers' Week might have come to an end but there is always something happening at Heriot-Watt. If you're found an event, ask your ask your flatmates if they fancy tagging along. If they're busy, go on your own. Being a lone ranger is totally fine at university.
  • Movie night: Invite people over to your flat or meet them in on campus for a movie or boxset marathon. Pizza is a good incentive! It's the perfect way to get the conversation flowing and people can come and go as they please. 
  • Play some music: This lets your flatmates know that you're up and about so they might pop in and have a chat. Sharing tunes can be a great conversation starter, even if you don't have the same taste in music.
  • Offer food or drink: If you're a pretty good cook, invite people to join you in the kitchen or make food that you can share with your flatmates. Not the best cook? No worries, you could buy some cakes/sweets instead.

TOP TIP: Making multiple cups of tea or hot drinks of choice is always a winner. Everyone loves a natter over a cuppa!

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Some people make friends straight away and others don't. Try not to stress, just enjoy yourself and don't feel under pressure to be part of a close group straight away.

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