One thing we find every year is that making friends at university for new students is a doddle. But, it may not seem like it at first and can even seem daunting at times. That’s why we’ve put together a list of our top tips to help you make the most of your first few weeks at University.
First and foremost, relax. Everyone is in the same situation and wants to meet new friends, you’ll find people are really approachable and ready to chat.
Live in Halls
It’s the place to be to make friends at University, there’s always something going on and everyone is keen to get to know each other.
Take the opportunity to get involved in any welcome events you hear of, you’ll be amazed at how many people you meet and how keen people are to get to know you.
Another great tip, invest in a door stop. Having your door open is going to let others know you’re open and sociable to your flatmates.
Join a Society or Sports Club
The SU has loads of societies you can join, whatever your interests are. Check if your course has a society dedicated to your area of study, if not why not set one up yourself? The SU Fresher's Fair is a great time to meet and sign up for give it a go sessions with your society of choice.
Joining a sports club is a great way to meet new people and make friends, do something you love or try something new. From rugby and dance, to korfball and sub-aqua, we’ve got more than 40 sports clubs.
Get out there!
Staying in your room is not likely to be conducive to making friends, so take advantage of your communal areas. Whether it’s your kitchen or social space spend some time here and get to know your flatmates and neighbours.
People are drawn to those are confident and a key to confidence is being comfortable with yourself. Keep it natural and relaxed, be yourself and you’ll find it easier to meet new people.
Making friends through friends
This is how networks grow, if a friend invites you out or to an event then you’re bound to bump in to new friends as well as some familiar friendly faces.
Keep an eye out for events
Check out your halls Facebook page and the accommodation blog to keep up-to-date with what’s going on in halls.
The Student Union and main Leeds Beckett University website also publish the biggest events taking place on campus.
Be open minded
With so many new people it’s important to keep an open mind when meeting your flatmates and course mates, give them a chance and get to know them.