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    Who tend to be your main friends at cambridge? Are these mostly people in the same college as you (any subject) or are they people who are doing the same subject as you (any college).

    ..or does it end up being people who fit into both categories, i.e same college and same subject?
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    college friends, subject acquaintances and stuff
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    mainly college friends, they range over pretty much all subjects and years.
    and a good few people at other colleges studying engineering, who i've met in lectures/labs etc
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    for me and most people I know it's my year at college.

    I am friendly/ go out with some of the other years. I don't really have anything in common with any other mmlers so I never really talk to them.

    I barely know anyone outside college- but I want to look into ways to meeting people since I don't have enough really good friends I click with in college
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    My best friends are in college but I've made very good friends through my subject and my sport. Although I would say I maybe have more good friends outside of my college than most.
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    The majority of my friends are people in my year at college who do a wide range of subjects. I know a few people outside college as well, from union debating, most of whom don't do my subject My college lawyers tend to sit together in lectures so i don't really know people from lectures
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    Mainly friends from inside college or else same subject. Otherwise you tend to not get to see that many people outside of your lectures/college unless you go out regularly and try to meet people or go on swaps
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    People doing the same subject at my college, other people in college and quite a few doing the same subject but at other colleges... some people who fit in neither category but i don't see them as much.
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    People from societies (CUADC, CUHWC) - these are people I have things in common with!
    A few people from my college who do the same subject as me and are also in CUHWC so I have a lot to do with them (realistically, these are the people I'm most going to keep in contact with once I graduate).
    A few other people from college also on four-year courses (I was friends with them before the rest of the year group left, it's just that it tends to be sciency people i.e. my kind of people, who are still around).
    Also I speak to a few people from other colleges who do my subject, though wouldn't really call them "friends".

    I see a few people who've replied on here are freshers and to be honest I think your friendship groups are something that tend to change through your time here... in the first term, everyone is "friends" (or tries to be) with as many people across their college year group as possible, then a lot of people (though not necessarily all) get more into uni-wide societies as their time here progresses, and this is something that only really begins from second term onwards (or it did for me) as people are settling in more, and are more willing to commit to things. You end up finding some people end up with most of their friends in college, others are very involved in university societies and their college acquiantances have all but forgotten them!
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    (Original post by thefish_uk)
    People from societies (CUADC, CUHWC) - these are people I have things in common with!
    A few people from my college who do the same subject as me and are also in CUHWC so I have a lot to do with them (realistically, these are the people I'm most going to keep in contact with once I graduate).
    A few other people from college also on four-year courses (I was friends with them before the rest of the year group left, it's just that it tends to be sciency people i.e. my kind of people, who are still around).
    Also I speak to a few people from other colleges who do my subject, though wouldn't really call them "friends".

    I see a few people who've replied on here are freshers and to be honest I think your friendship groups are something that tend to change through your time here... in the first term, everyone is "friends" (or tries to be) with as many people across their college year group as possible, then a lot of people (though not necessarily all) get more into uni-wide societies as their time here progresses, and this is something that only really begins from second term onwards (or it did for me) as people are settling in more, and are more willing to commit to things. You end up finding some people end up with most of their friends in college, others are very involved in university societies and their college acquiantances have all but forgotten them!
    Hey, would you say for smaller departmental based course like Chemical Engineering and etc, are there more interactions between students in the same course and that a lot of your friends will be from the same course?
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    (Original post by ysbera)
    Hey, would you say for smaller departmental based course like Chemical Engineering and etc, there are more interactions between students in the same course and that a lot of your friends will be from the same course?
    I haven't done a smaller course myself, but from talking to people who do smaller courses they seem much more likely to at least know the names of everyone in their year group. I've found myself that as we've specialised (i.e. 3rd and 4th years) we've been much more likely to talk to each other as we're being taught in smaller groups (also helps that we had group projects and a field trip together in third year!). Though remember as a Chem Eng you will spend your first year in huge groups as either an Engineer or NatSci.
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    (Original post by thefish_uk)
    I haven't done a smaller course myself, but from talking to people who do smaller courses they seem much more likely to at least know the names of everyone in their year group. I've found myself that as we've specialised (i.e. 3rd and 4th years) we've been much more likely to talk to each other as we're being taught in smaller groups (also helps that we had group projects and a field trip together in third year!). Though remember as a Chem Eng you will spend your first year in huge groups as either an Engineer or NatSci.
    Ah ok, thanks!
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    I was wondering if it's more common for people in single-sex colleges to have friends from outside of college. Does anyone know?
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    I'm not sure if it's more common but I do seem to have quite a few friends outside of college... though some people do react strangely when they find out you're from a single-sex college.
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    23% are from my college. 18% are doing my subject. what proportion are both from my college and doing my subject?
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    college friends, friends from Singapore, subject friends in decreasing number of people.
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    It obviously varies from individual, but for most people, the vast majority of your 'good' friends (as opposed to casual aquaintances) will be in college; you quite simply spend more time with them. And it tends not to matter too much about subject once within your college. This is one of the good things about cambridge; I've noticed friends at other unis only seem to have friends within their faculty, which can't be tremendously fun or diverse - what if you were studying computer science or something??

    I've noticed that people from quite a few of the small subjects - like ASNaC and VetMed - tend to form close groups within their subject though. I guess there are so few of them, they've got to stick together. And there's certainly nothing wrong with networking across colleges - one of the most useful things you can do in fact.


    (Original post by millan)
    I was wondering if it's more common for people in single-sex colleges to have friends from outside of college. Does anyone know?
    If you're at a single sex college there are still many oppotunities to meet people from other colleges; from your faculty, through a drinking society swap, visitors to your bar (and a lot of boys do like the opportunity to go the the bar at newnham/new hall), through a univeristy society etc .
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    basically I've hit a real dead end with the people in my year (I'm a first year) and I've been taking people's advice and trying to branch out- I've gone to things like amnesty international, debating, various language societies- but I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere. If I'm honest, I'm not hugely interested in doing lots of societies- I just want to make new friends. I don't want any more work than I have already- although I am interested in languages/international stuff/ human rights/ ethical concerns/ 'lighter' more random interests like tea drinking-

    has anyone found any societies where they made real friends?
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    join rocksoc, or indiesoc or something which has pubmeets and you can always arrange to go to a gig with someone, etc

    i think you'd struggle to make friends in a human rights group, but that might just be me

    a lot of people have made actual friends on tsr as well, so maybe start going to their meets - at the least then there will be a lot of older people, and on the whole i think a lot of people on here are interested in languages/left wing politics, etc
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    mainly lectures. and then meeting their friends in their college as well...

    and well jesus has a tea drinking society, i'm sure they wouldnt mind if you turned up
 
 
 
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