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Hi, I’m due to start studying architecture at uni of liverpool in september and i don’t understand the idea of freshers week. i’ve joined multiple uni group chats and freshers pages (which no one ever speaks in so it’s hard to try and make friends) so i was wondering if you’re supposed to go alone or with people and if so is that with people you’re already friends with or people you’ve ‘met’ on your course. i’m just worried about making friends as i won’t be moving into accommodation, i’ll be staying at home. will this make it harder to make friends?
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Hi, I’m due to start studying architecture at uni of liverpool in september and i don’t understand the idea of freshers week. i’ve joined multiple uni group chats and freshers pages (which no one ever speaks in so it’s hard to try and make friends) so i was wondering if you’re supposed to go alone or with people and if so is that with people you’re already friends with or people you’ve ‘met’ on your course. i’m just worried about making friends as i won’t be moving into accommodation, i’ll be staying at home. will this make it harder to make friends?
in the big group chats try finding people from your course or in your flat/floor/halls and make smaller groups. Or ask if anyone else is thinking of joining a club or society that you're interested in (and again make a small group chat).

The big group chats are often just set up by club reps trying to pressure sell dodgy tickets - so everyone stops talking apart from the reps. If you ask people about their course or halls or interests outside drinking then you should be able to find people you have things in common with and start a smaller group or 1-2-1 conversation with them to make friends.

Don't buy any tickets until you know some people who plan to go to events. And look up the "official" events run by your SU - they're usually cheaper or free and better for making friends than the dodgy fatsoma crap.
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Hi, I’m due to start studying architecture at uni of liverpool in september and i don’t understand the idea of freshers week. i’ve joined multiple uni group chats and freshers pages (which no one ever speaks in so it’s hard to try and make friends) so i was wondering if you’re supposed to go alone or with people and if so is that with people you’re already friends with or people you’ve ‘met’ on your course. i’m just worried about making friends as i won’t be moving into accommodation, i’ll be staying at home. will this make it harder to make friends?
Hi,

congrats on starting uni! Don't worry too much about fresher's - it's just time to get acquainted with fellow students and the uni. It doesn't matter if you go alone or with friends, there isn't a hard and fast rule about it. Just show up, make the most of it, and have fun! You can obviously opt to go to whatever event, so pick one that interests you or that you may find comfortable. Staying at home may make it a bit harder to make friends but not by much! It just means you'll have to put yourself out there, be the first person to say hi to people in class, join societies, meet up outside of class. It may be nerve-wracking but just remember that the other person is also in the same boat! You'll be okay! Hope that helps!

Samantha, Official UoP Rep
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Hi, I’m due to start studying architecture at uni of liverpool in september and i don’t understand the idea of freshers week. i’ve joined multiple uni group chats and freshers pages (which no one ever speaks in so it’s hard to try and make friends) so i was wondering if you’re supposed to go alone or with people and if so is that with people you’re already friends with or people you’ve ‘met’ on your course. i’m just worried about making friends as i won’t be moving into accommodation, i’ll be staying at home. will this make it harder to make friends?
Hi lara_c03

Please don't panic. Fresher's Week is historically the first week that students move onto campus and tends to come the week before courses officially start. Historically it's the time when students go out, socialise, get to know their campus and potentially join clubs and societies.

I'm not sure what the timetable looks like for the University of Liverpool, however during our Fresher's Week we typically have events like the Clubs and Societies Fair and things like pub quizzes and club nights - basically it's just events where students can meet each and other and potentially make some new friends.

I know it might be harder to attend these events if you're not living on campus but, as a few other people have said, I'd definitely advise you to try and attend some events, either with friends you've already made or on your own - the choice is yours.

That said, please don't worry about making friends because you live at home. Although I lived on campus, some of my best friends over the three years I was at uni lived at home - it really didn't make much difference in the long run and certainly didn't stop my friends who lived at home from making friends and enjoying uni.

Also, don't panic about not necessarily making friends before you start. When I attended uni 10+ years ago (yes, I'm old! :excited:), there wasn't Facebook and Whatsapp etc so I started uni without any friends or knowing anyone - just like everyone else in my year. And guess what? It wasn't an issue. Yes it was extremely daunting at first - but I quickly made friends, both in my halls and on my course - and I also got a job at the Students' Union which was also a great way to meet people and make new friends.

I hope that helps - good luck!

Amy
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