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Hi, third year student here. Was held back a year due to some personal reasons which means I don't know anyone on my course. The problem is that everyone else does and everyone already has a friend group they're part of. I've been proactive in trying to make friends but lectures seem to not have much discussion with others and I only have 1 class every 2 weeks and my group don't seem to have much interest in socialising. I'd like to think I'm approachable, would love to go clubbing and do other activities but spend all my weekends alone at home since starting. I'm trying to get involved in some societies but I also have a part time job which always clashes with that. Was hoping someone thats been in the same situation would have some advice. Thanks
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Hi there,

Sorry to hear about your experience with socialising! I think societies are one of the best ways to find like minded people - I know you've said it clashes with work but there should be at least one you can commit to and go regularly? I know at my uni a lot of societies have specific social nights where they go out together maybe to the pub so maybe you could go to events like this?

Wishing you all the best,

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Hi, third year student here. Was held back a year due to some personal reasons which means I don't know anyone on my course. The problem is that everyone else does and everyone already has a friend group they're part of. I've been proactive in trying to make friends but lectures seem to not have much discussion with others and I only have 1 class every 2 weeks and my group don't seem to have much interest in socialising. I'd like to think I'm approachable, would love to go clubbing and do other activities but spend all my weekends alone at home since starting. I'm trying to get involved in some societies but I also have a part time job which always clashes with that. Was hoping someone thats been in the same situation would have some advice. Thanks
Hi,

This will be a very common situation for people with things like years in industry or study abroad, especially so this year too.

Apart from societies as you and Jubilee mentioned, I would suggest the best thing to be is bold. At this point, there is not much to lose if it doesn't go the way you want it to. By this, I mean hanging around campus and talking to people who sit next to you or you see eating lunch alone. You could do the same approach to lectures etc. just walking up to people and having a conversation. It's rather intimidating, but probably the best way I see of doing it.

Another approach is if you have flatmates, you could try get to know them or even their friends as a way of meeting people.

Just a few ideas. Hope this helps.
Jake(third year at Lancaster University)
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