How to get more social at uni

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I had little to no social interaction. Why does it feel like I need to spend money to socialise. Like I have to get a drink or go out for a meal to talk to people.
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Clubs/societies/teams are 100% the way to go. Have a look at what your university can offer, and go along to a few meetings to see what you like. It becomes much easier to talk to people if you immediately have something in common that you can talk about (i.e. the subject of the society).
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I had little to no social interaction. Why does it feel like I need to spend money to socialise. Like I have to get a drink or go out for a meal to talk to people.
Hi there,
Unfortunately its true that university culture and socialising is heavily centred around drinking and spending a lot of money on going out. But there are a lot of students who don't drink and find it more fun to do other activities to socialise. The best way to reach out to these people is through societies/ sports teams. If you haven't tried this already then it really is worth it. It might be hard at first just being thrown into a room with a load of strangers but the mutual activity you will all be doing kind of distracts from that fear and initial awkwardness. Then, you'll hopefully start to enjoy yourself. That kind of shared activity/ experience is something you can't get in a pub/club because in those environments the social interactions are dependant on talking and talking alone. Good luck!
-Grace
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Hi,

I agree with the other people, societies are a great way to meet people - there is usually a large variety to choose from and so, there will definitely be something that interests you. You can also create your own society! They are usually cheap (possibly a membership fee for the year)!

Also, any events that your university may put on is another opportunity. It's probably around the time of re-freshers now, so I'd check out your university/student's union page to see if there's anything like this.

I hope this helps, it can be hard to come to university and many people feel similar, you are not alone! If you ever need any support or advice, university services can support you - there should be a link on their website.

Take care,
Sara (Coventry University student rep)
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Hi, other alternatives include :
- signing up to volunteering opportunities set up by the students union; they are free, you'll meet fellow students and you'll feel good after doing some rewarding work
- You can become a course rep, it's a good way to be integral to the course and the people on the course, so if you are struggling to meet people you could try this.
- See what events the students union is holding, take parts in the one's you are interested in, and you'll meet like minded people when you are there.
- The university may hold online events, such as quizzes that you can take part in.
- Be more active on your course group chat and sit with people you recognise from your course at lunch, get to know them, see which people you click with.
- Go to student quiz/bingo nights

Drinking/going out to eat are a part of uni culture but there are lots of other things you can do instead which I outlined above. I hope this is helpful to you

- Rosie
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I had little to no social interaction. Why does it feel like I need to spend money to socialise. Like I have to get a drink or go out for a meal to talk to people.
If you're a boy, Fifa tournament in your room is the way to go. Everyone brings some cans and you're in business.
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I had little to no social interaction. Why does it feel like I need to spend money to socialise. Like I have to get a drink or go out for a meal to talk to people.
Hi there,

I hope you're well.

I understand where you're coming from - often, socialising means having to spend money and this can be difficult when money is tight.

Ways I like to socialise which is completely free is going on walks with friends that I'd made. It's great to just get chatting, and also great for your mental health and getting out in the fresh air. There may also be different events going on in your city which you can go and see, for example a museum exhibition. Or, try and invite your friends over for a movie night if you can - it's a great way to just chill out with a drink and socialise (without doing much talking!). There are a lot of ways to socialise without spending much money, it's just all about being creative

I hope that's helpful, best of luck to you.
Ana - University Ambassador
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I had little to no social interaction. Why does it feel like I need to spend money to socialise. Like I have to get a drink or go out for a meal to talk to people.
Hey!

There will definitely be many people who don't drink and don't want to go out all the time, I'd recommend joining clubs and societies to find these likeminded people! You could also look into volunteering, working part-time on campus or becoming a student ambassador as ways of meeting new people and gaining that social interaction which is really important!

Wishing you the best of luck in finding your likeminded friendship group, which I'm sure you will!

Becky
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