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Health and Wellbeing

Making friends outside of halls

By Konrad 20 Sep 2022

University is a unique time in your life, where there's so much emphasis on finding friends for life. And it makes sense. Over the next few years, you'll be meeting a ton of new people and it's a great idea to make the most of this. 

Whilst this is an exciting time, it can also be a bit nerve-wracking. Feeling the pressure of finding 'your people' can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be this way. Even if your flatmates aren't your cup of tea, making friends doesn't stop at your halls. There'll be so many more people out there who you'll get on with. 

Here are some tips on how to make friends outside of your uni halls:

1. Don't let your nerves stop you

Whether you're an introvert or a social butterfly, making friends at uni is something that every student will worry about before they get here. So, take comfort in the fact that most people around you will be in the same boat, even if they're putting on a brave face. 

There are so many great opportunities to approach others. If you regularly see the same people on the way to university, offer to walk with them or sit next to them on public transport. Try to actively take part in group activities at university. Don't allow your nerves to get the better of you, making friends takes time and effort. 

2. Attend student events 

We have plenty of events taking place in the first few weeks at the Intercollegiate Halls, so you will have lots of opportunities to meet with your fellow residents. On the run-up to university, there's bound to be lots of events going on in and outside of your halls, especially during Freshers' week. Try to attend as many of these as you can because these are great places to start meeting new people. If you're attending them alone, don't worry, you won't be the only one!

3. Join a university society

Your university should have lots of different societies that you can get involved with and they're always happy to welcome new members. Not only is this a brilliant way to start socialising outside of your halls, but you can also meet many more people with similar interests. Finding common ground and spending time together outside of university can strengthen your bond and build trust. 

4. Use social media

Everyone uses social media these days so it shouldn't be too difficult to find others in the same uni city. It's worth looking on Facebook for groups related to your university, course or area. Reaching out to people online might be a better way to get to know people if you're too nervous to introduce yourself in person. 

Why not download Bumble for BFFs? Although Bumble is known for being a popular dating app, it also has a 'BFF' category for those looking to find friends close by. This way, you can choose to chat to those who look interesting to you! 

The most important thing to remember is that building good friendships takes time and should be an enjoyable experience. So don't put too much pressure on yourself to make your friends for life straight away. Give it time, be yourself, and just make the most of this exciting time.