I am currently repeating my first year at university. Last year I had a few friends thanks to one of them pre-fresher Facebook group chats. I didn't see as many as the year came to a close but it was nice for the first time to be able to chat with people especially since I had no friends from Primary school to Sixth form.
However this year since I'm repeating I don't see people I saw last year (as I would only really see them in lessons), was in another pre-fresher Facebook group chats but I think they see me as some kind of retaker weirdo as any time I try to engage in conversation they usually aren't interested.
It is now February and everybody has their friendship groups. In lectures, tutorials, laboratories, I am always sat on my own. I usually make my way to lesson early and nobody seems to even want to sit near me, let alone next to me. I did try to join a couple of societies but all there get together are after 6pm+, and since I travel to university from home my anxiety gets really bad when I'm out in the dark.
Any help would be appreciated, would rather not go through the next 4 years without friends.
... and the ones that won't