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Accommodation

How I made friends at uni

By aimeeRA 10 Aug 2018

In the next three years, you'll make loads of new friends, you'll enjoy wild nights out and cosy nights in and make some amazing memories. This will be all you need for stress relief, laughter and entertainment!

So, having been there and done that - here are my top tips for making new friends...

  1. Join groups and pages on Facebook.
    Find your new halls of residence, the official universities freshers’ week group to start chatting before arrivals and follow the Res Life and Accommodation pages to get all the latest about events you can all attend in the year. 
  2. Be the first to say “Hello”
    Take the plunge and say hello! Don’t be afraid, people don’t bite. This is a completely natural way of starting a conversation.
  3. Join a society
    Want to find people with common interests? Join a society-  this could be sports societies, music societies or gaming. You can try as many as you like so don’t be worried that you have to pick the perfect interest for you. It's sometimes about experiencing hobbies that you may not have done before, or something you’ve always wanted to try but never had the opportunity too.  
  4. Be the organiser
    Whether it's starting a group chat on Whatsapp, suggesting events to go to, or organising a flatmate meal, you can be the person to bring everyone together.
  5. Make an effort with your flatmates
    Remember, you'll be sharing with your flatmates for the entire year so you'll likely find it tough on some days. Therefore, sometimes it's important to get away from the flat and go out and about together!

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