How do you make friends at uni?

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Heya! I'm currently a 2nd year at RHUL and I was wondering how people make friends lmaoo? I didn't meet many people last year cause covid but also I'm not big on going out. I'm not living with friends next year so I'm kind of worried I won't be able to make and maintain any friends at all. How do people do it??
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Joining one of the universities' sports clubs or societies is a good route as you meet people with a common interest. Also, your course mates - try to interact in lectures, tutorials or practicals.
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Heya! I'm currently a 2nd year at RHUL and I was wondering how people make friends lmaoo? I didn't meet many people last year cause covid but also I'm not big on going out. I'm not living with friends next year so I'm kind of worried I won't be able to make and maintain any friends at all. How do people do it??
Hi,

I think many people will be in the same shoes as you. I'm in my third year at university and am still meeting new people in lectures and societies. For me, I just needed to be in the mindset to try with people this year. I placed myself in as many situations that I could make friends as I could. I approached people in lectures/labs/workshops. I became a social sec for my society. I went out with my flatmates more, even if it is as simple as the pub.

I don't know what your living situation is like, but people in your building are another good option.

As you say you're not a big fan of going out, societies, as suggested by normaw, is probably your best avenue. Trying out different thing that might interest you will help you meet people of similar interests and will be fun. Most societies will take on new members at any point of the year.

If you meet some people you get on with, ask them for their social media. It's something I'm terrible for, but really helps you stay connected.

Hope this helps,
Jake (final year student ambassador)
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Heya! I'm currently a 2nd year at RHUL and I was wondering how people make friends lmaoo? I didn't meet many people last year cause covid but also I'm not big on going out. I'm not living with friends next year so I'm kind of worried I won't be able to make and maintain any friends at all. How do people do it??
Hey!

I'd recommend joining a club or society to meet likeminded people You could also look into volunteering, part-time jobs on campus or becoming a student ambassador, all fab ways of meeting new people.

Making friends can be such a daunting thing, but so many people will be in the same boat as you. You could even start small by adding coursemates on social media and just start liking their photos or responding to their stories to start that initial conversation.

Good luck with the rest of your studies,

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Heya! I'm currently a 2nd year at RHUL and I was wondering how people make friends lmaoo? I didn't meet many people last year cause covid but also I'm not big on going out. I'm not living with friends next year so I'm kind of worried I won't be able to make and maintain any friends at all. How do people do it??
Hi,

I am also a second year, so I completely understand the struggle of starting university during covid.

I found that joining a sports team was really beneficial, since you are all doing something whilst getting to know each other and the bonding is not based upon constant conversation (which can be hard to maintain with new people). I am part of the University of Southampton's English society netball team, which is less competitive and just based upon playing a sport we all enjoy, having fun and making friends. If something similar is available at your university I would really recommend getting involved!

Best of luck with everything.

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Heya! I'm currently a 2nd year at RHUL and I was wondering how people make friends lmaoo? I didn't meet many people last year cause covid but also I'm not big on going out. I'm not living with friends next year so I'm kind of worried I won't be able to make and maintain any friends at all. How do people do it??
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If your classes are back in person you could try reaching out to course mates. Most of them will feel the exact same way you do and will be waiting for someone else to speak out. It can feel uncomfortable at times talking to new people but sometimes it pays off to push yourself out of your comfort zone. You could also try to join some clubs or societies your university offers to meet like minded people. You could also look into getting a small part time job. If your university is in a big city it is likely there will be other university students working there too.

Hope this helped
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Heya! I'm currently a 2nd year at RHUL and I was wondering how people make friends lmaoo? I didn't meet many people last year cause covid but also I'm not big on going out. I'm not living with friends next year so I'm kind of worried I won't be able to make and maintain any friends at all. How do people do it
The best way to meet people is through societies, as it takes the pressure off you having to initiate conversation out of the blue. Whether it's something you've done before or something completely new to you, it's definitely worth trying to find something you're interested in to help you meet people while doing something fun.

You also won't be alone in this - COVID has made socialising much more difficult at universities, especially as there weren't in person lectures for a while so everyone has had far less chances to meet people on their course. If you go to societies there will probably be lots of people in a similar situation who would be very grateful to have someone new to talk to.

Here is the link to the University of Bath Student Union Societies page so you can see an example of the range of societies that universities can offer.

Let me know if you have any further questions.

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