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Will starting university aged 20 affect my social life?

I’ll be 20 if I start university next September, which I’m planning to. Will it affect my social life being 20 instead of 18 during my first year?
Reply 1
Of course not!:smile:

Make lots of effort to mix in.
All will be fine.
Very much doubt it. I started at 21 and I am still mates with people now nearly 10 years later! One of them I consider my best mate!

21 is nothing tbh and when you hit working in your job, I can tell you you will see people of all ages, so don’t sweat it.
I’m on this forum as a parent, as I’m 52, but felt I had something to offer on this

I went to uni at 24, I quickly found friends around my own age and had a great time. Actually I married a girl I met on the first week, still am married to her.

You’ll have a great time, 20 is nothing
Original post by Anonymous
I’ll be 20 if I start university next September, which I’m planning to. Will it affect my social life being 20 instead of 18 during my first year?

Hi there

It is highly unlikely that your social life will be impacted in any way because of your age. Universities are a diverse and inclusive environment so you will meet people of various ages. In my flat alone the age range was between 19-23. We were all at the same stage in our degrees so we're grouped together and no one really cared who was which age or when people started uni. There are also older students on my course (30+). What matters is the shared experience at uni and the memories you make together.
Remember that lots of people take gap years or choose to start uni later so chances are you will not be alone. My advice is to throw yourself into everything and try and be as social as you can/want in the first few weeks. It is the perfect opportunity to put yourself out there and experience new things. Good luck with uni and let me know if you have questions that I can help with!

Best wishes

Joanna
-Uni of Kent Rep :u:
Original post by Anonymous
I’ll be 20 if I start university next September, which I’m planning to. Will it affect my social life being 20 instead of 18 during my first year?


Hello,

University has a diverse student body; some of my friends started university at the age of 20 and have thoroughly enjoyed their social lives! We get along well because we are all in the same stage of our degrees and have common experiences and memories. Overall, starting university at the age of 20 will have no effect on your social life. :smile:

Have a lovely week and if you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Olivia (Third Year BA History and University of Lincoln TSR Ambassador)
Virtually every Singaporean male starts uni at 21. You’ll be fine.
Nah you'll be fine. When I went to uni initially I was 20. It wasn't a big deal at all, nobody knew the difference unless I offered up the information.
Nope. I went to university at 25 and had a very active social life.
Reply 9
Original post by Johnikgriff
I’m on this forum as a parent, as I’m 52, but felt I had something to offer on this

I went to uni at 24, I quickly found friends around my own age and had a great time. Actually I married a girl I met on the first week, still am married to her.

You’ll have a great time, 20 is nothing


Me too, at this same age. It will be fine.
Original post by Anonymous
I’ll be 20 if I start university next September, which I’m planning to. Will it affect my social life being 20 instead of 18 during my first year?


Our situation completely mirrors each other. Lol.

I was also initially worried about this bit of age disparity thing. Later on, I got the chance to meet with people who were a bit younger and older than what we would call the standard time for starting over at the university or even switching courses.

So, I'll say we are gonna wing it. :h:

Best of luck with uni next year!
(edited 1 year ago)
Original post by Anonymous
I’ll be 20 if I start university next September, which I’m planning to. Will it affect my social life being 20 instead of 18 during my first year?

I went at 21 and then again now at 24 and it hasn’t affected anything! Most people don’t realise I’m 24 until I tell them!
I turned 20 in the week of freshers and I am fine. 18 isn't really different from 20 in terms of who you socialise with, and at least you'll have more life experience etc which is helpful when settling into uni I think.
nah not really
maybe it'll be a bit weird in freshers' but there's other things which would affect it way more
Original post by Anonymous
I’ll be 20 if I start university next September, which I’m planning to. Will it affect my social life being 20 instead of 18 during my first year?


Hi,

I can definitely say from personal experience, that being slightly older does not affect your social life in university. I too, was slightly older in my first year of university and was worried this would affect others opinions of me, which was a massive misconception. I also found as others have described that there are plenty others in the same situation. Please, try not to worry about this as the only cliche is true that "age is just a number". Just try to throw yourself in, be yourself and have fun!

I hope this helps,
Jade
Third Year, BA Hons Photography Ambassador
Original post by Anonymous
I’ll be 20 if I start university next September, which I’m planning to. Will it affect my social life being 20 instead of 18 during my first year?


hello, I am gonna start uni at 20 as well and I was thinking the same thing but a lot of people told me it's okay and age is just a number so it doesn't matter.
in fact, now I'm in year 13 and no one really cares about your age and I have made a lot of friends even though they know I'm older than them but they are fine with it :smile:

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