Making friends during lockdownWatch
Student life, in partnership with UEA
I start uni next week. However all the classes will be online, so since I won't be meeting any other students in person I'm worried it'll be more difficult to make new friends. I also still live at home so making friends with flatmates isn't happening. I just don't want to be lonely whilst I study my course.
Friends is always a challenge for a commuter.
Ask your department what it is doing and maybe offer to start off some whatsapp group or facebook group or snap chap or social media
or discord where you can chat to people who want to make friends, corusemates or commuters. You might as well give it a go. There will be lots of students in your situation so you just have to make an effort to utilise whatevers out their to help you make contact with people.
It’s totally an understandable worry to have but everyone at uni tends to be in the same boat and many people also want to make friends. A good way is to see if there are any subject chats on Facebook etc that your uni has so you can communicate with people with similar interests this way. Another idea is joining a societies, some societies this year at my uni ( Lancaster ) are doing online events / socials which could be suitable for a commuter ! There’s also other things to think about like making friends through volunteering, part time jobs, uni events ( when they can happen) !
Good look with making friends !
Student ambassador Holly at Lancaster University