How to make new friends outside of uni ?Watch this thread
It's difficult to make friends as you get older, friendship's start to require more maintenance and effort than when you saw people 5 days a week for 30+ weeks. That being said, it's not impossible.
Have you checked out the Open University's student association? They have links to societies you can join. That could allow you to meet people with similar interests to you. They also have a page on volunteering which again would allow you to meet new people while hopefully doing something meaningful.
You could also look at volunteering in your local area.
Other things are getting a part-time job, if you're able to, this again allows you to meet new people.
Maybe reach out to some of the people you used to know, as they could also be in the same situation.
I hope this helps though I am aware you may already have thought about these suggestions.
I’m a 20 year old male, I failed to make friends in six forms despite having friends in high school, I was worried about talking to people and never established any friendships for those two years, I went to Leeds uni however it was online due to the Pandemic and I decided to drop out, I’m now studying at the open uni, it’s been over a two years since I had any friends, how can I make new friends outside of university? Where would I even meet them ?
And as mentioned in a previous post volunteering or getting a part-time job may allow you to meet new people and not interfere with uni too much.