Wooden frogs sitting on a shelfMoving away from home and starting university is an exciting time, however almost all students worry about how they will make friends in their new environment.

We've compiled advice from the TSR community on the best ways to make friends during freshers’ week, so have a read and share your own experiences and advice in the comments.

TSR user: Persipan

The main thing is, don't worry about it too much. Making real friends is likely to take longer than a week, especially when it's kind of a weird week in which everyone's in a new setting. People get really worried that they haven't made friends in freshers' week, when it was never all that realistic to expect that to happen so soon. Most people will have moved a long way away from the friends and family they've known all their lives/for many years in order to come to uni, and getting that level of connection with new people will take time.

“Go do stuff that enables you to meet people”
My advice would be to go do stuff that enables you to meet people - there will be tons of events and taster sessions so it's a good chance to try something new - but don't worry about whether you've made deep personal connections right away, as those will develop over time. For people who are shy or worried about meeting new people, pick events where there's actually something to do - an animation workshop, or an archery taster session, or whatever - because that way you can meet people in a non-pressured way, since you're all focusing on the activity.

TSR user: anonymouspie227

I started talking to people on the freshers’ Facebook page - you know the whole "where are you from" threads that appear. Everyone started adding everyone - then when freshers’ events would happen you'd start bumping into them.

“I would strongly recommend joining a sports club or society to meet people.”
Other than that being friendly to hall-mates (don't worry, your hall-mates don't have to be your best friends), talking to new course-mates, and talking to everyone at taster sessions are all good ideas. I would strongly recommend joining a sports club or society to meet people. Don't restrict yourself; just talk to people and make a bit of an effort. Everyone is in the same boat.

TSR user: JustGeorgeJ

There isn't really a tried and tested method to make friends during freshers week. There aren’t really any rules to follow, all I can say is it'll just happen!

Be open and remember you're all in the same boat, everybody feels the same and everybody will be up for a chat! Just chat with people, share interests and what you're studying and soon enough, you'll just start sticking with people. It just happens!

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TSR user: Domonict

It will just happen. Sod's law says that half the people that you first meet up with will turn out to be prats that you hope you will never see again. People tend to have a mix of friends between fellow flat-mates and people on the course.

Don't sit in your room all the time but you don't need to be the life and soul of the party either. Be open and have fun.

TSR user: Lucilou101

People often think that to make friends during freshers’ week you need to go out every night and be going to every social event and that if you don't you'll have no friends for the year.

It is honestly not this extreme. The main thing is that you enjoy your freshers’ week and finish it feeling comfortable with your new environment. Do try and do social things, but that doesn't mean you have to go clubbing every night. It can be anything from joining societies or sports clubs you like the look of, to just sitting in a social area such as a kitchen instead of in your room. If there are any taster events for societies these are definitely worth going to, even if you don't end up joining.

“Chances are that people you meet in freshers’ week won't end up being your lifelong friends”
Just remember that it is fine to take some time out for yourself as well; freshers’ week can be overwhelming and if you want an evening by yourself, watching Netflix then that is absolutely fine. Chances are that people you meet in freshers’ week won't end up being your lifelong friends; those friendships tend to come from your course, halls or societies. And at the end of the day - you should enjoy it whichever way you can.

TSR user: ChemicalBond

Swallow your shy side, and smile at people; start a conversation with them! Find out who they are, where they're from, etc. Be nice, be yourself, and remember: you're far from alone in the situation, everyone else is in exactly the same boat as you, so you have nothing to worry about!

Do you have any concerns about making friends? Perhaps you've got some great advice? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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