Fresher's Guide: Moving In and Making Friends
10 September 2017
Even the most sociable of people find the first few weeks of university daunting, especially because this is the time when you’re making new friends and finding where you fit in. Don’t worry though, everyone is in the same boat and our guide to moving in and making friends will have you feeling like a social butterfly in no time. Moving to a new city, maybe even a new country, where you don’t know anyone can be one of the most daunting parts of starting university. There’s no need to worry though, everyone is in the same boat and you’ll soon find that everyone is just as keen to make friends as you are. Whether you have a shared apartment or you have a studio in a building with other students, one of the best places to make friends is in your new home. So, from moving-in day to putting yourself out there in the first few weeks, this short guide aims to make the process of moving in and making friends as smooth as possible.
The minute you pull up to your new home on that first day, your new life as a student has begun. For many people, this will be the first time they’ve lived apart from their parents or carers, so getting properly settled in your new home is really important. Upon arriving, head straight to reception. You’ll be greeted by one of the friendly team members, who’ll give you plenty of information about the apartment, along with the keys to your room. If you are planning to arrive out of hours, you should let the team know beforehand so we can make sure someone is waiting to welcome you.
Whether you’re naturally outgoing or you can normally be found hiding with the dog at parties, making a whole new group of friends at university can seem daunting. Just remember that everyone else is also nervous and looking to make friends, so you’ll find that it’s easier than usual to socialise at university. When you arrive at your new apartment and get settled in, be sure to leave your door open or even just put a welcoming note on the door to let people know they can feel free to pop in for a chat. Your housemates are often the people you spend the most time with, as you will likely only have a few hours of lectures a week to get to know your classmates. Things like offering to make a cup of tea for everyone, baking a cake to share, or suggesting a game of cards are all great ways to break the ice and help everyone warm to each other. All aparto accommodation blocks are complete with spacious communal areas, where you can meet all your neighbours, make new friends and organise nights out.
Another great way to make some new friends at university is to get involved with the numerous clubs and societies. No matter what your interests, there is bound to be a society for it at university – and if there isn’t, you can always start one. Societies are a great way to learn some skills, indulge in your hobbies, and meet people who are interested in the same things as you are. Into sports? Join a team. Into drama? Go and audition for a play. Into Dungeons and Dragons? Join the club. You’ll soon find that you have loads of new friends and plenty of socials to fill your evenings.