Best way to meet people at university?

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Hi everyone!

I am an American student coming to England for exchange for my 3rd year!

I am just wondering what is the best way to meet people at Uk universities and getting involved in campus life!

Also how do you guys find apartment rentals or roommates?


Thanks!
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For apartments of Rentals either rightmove if you want to live alone or type into google "University....off campus accommodation"

And just join societies and talk to people! =D
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Accommodation wise its always a good idea to go in some form of managed accommodation, like we run (check us out here Universal Student Living). A lot of bigger accommodation providers will have facebook groups where you can chat to current and future residents to get a feel for the place. When you arrive these places are always really sociable, so just get stuck in! The University should have a portal on their website to help you find local student accommodation, other than that just google it.

For social activities outside of your degree and accommodation, head over to freshers fair which will take place in the first few days of University. You can find a society (course related, religion, political, and just for fun) with like minded people or/and join a sports team. There is normally a big list of these groups on the Student Unions website so you can find out some info in advance and make contact with the presidents or other members before joining.

Hope this helps

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(Original post by mariesays)
Hi everyone!

I am an American student coming to England for exchange for my 3rd year!

I am just wondering what is the best way to meet people at Uk universities and getting involved in campus life!

Also how do you guys find apartment rentals or roommates?


Thanks!
Which uni are you exchanging to? You could start a thread up in that particular uni forum - or start speaking to some of the applicants who are planning to start their in September too

Has the uni given you any info on accommodation options?

To make the most of it I would definitely make the most of some of the fresher activities i.e. attend the various fairs to see what clubs/ societies they have.

They might even have something for students on exchange so that you can meet people in a similar situation to you whilst you find your feet
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there is no best way, there is only one way. get drunk with them. its what students do.

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there is no best way, there is only one way. get drunk with them. its what students do.

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Surely if there's only one way, then its the best way? :lolwut:

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Hi everyone!

I am an American student coming to England for exchange for my 3rd year!

I am just wondering what is the best way to meet people at Uk universities and getting involved in campus life!
University culture is a little bit different. In some ways it's more social than the States, in other ways less.

First, there is little in the way of shared rooms. Most people have their own rooms - some people can find this a bit isolating.

Most people make friends (initially) from either course, club or halls. Halls is the most straightforward - there will probably be ample opportunity to meet people and explore a new town with them.

The Student Union is a very different entity in UK. It's a combination of a welfare department, the overarching clubs/societies body and also the cheapest/most available place to drink (and maybe eat).

The union may well run welcome events for new students and international students. Keep an eye on the union calendar and facebook page. Look on facebook for groups associated to your course. You will probably find one and there may be social events on them.

Clubs and especially sports clubs play a very strong social role. There are usually organised events and many students have the majority of their friends within a club or sports club.

The big game changer is of course alcohol. Because it can be bought legally, this changes the whole social make up of the university experience - even if you don't drink or don't drink much. The union isn't just a food hall - its the main place to meet and socialise.



Also how do you guys find apartment rentals or roommates?


Thanks!
Facebook is your best bet. Which university (or city)?
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Surely if there's only one way, then its the best way? :lolwut:

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I wouldn't say I have a best head, because that would imply I have more than one.
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Hi everyone!

I am an American student coming to England for exchange for my 3rd year!

I am just wondering what is the best way to meet people at Uk universities and getting involved in campus life!

Also how do you guys find apartment rentals or roommates?


Thanks!
Where in the US/which school are you coming from? I'm from the states and I studied in the UK last year.
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Get a job on campus.
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well f you are in halls it makes things pritty easy knok on doors say hi to people maby offer a cup Tea or if peoople are drinking in the kitchen join them just put yourself out there.
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