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Friends in first year

Other than the WhatsApp and Snapchat group chats, where else can I find friends for first year at uni? I was told Notts is very diverse in students but so far 90% of that chats are white people. Are there no Asians?
Reply 1
Have you started at uni yet? It sounds like you haven't, so don't stress about making friends! When you start, talk to people who you share lectures with, join societies that focus on things you enjoy, and then you should easily be able to make some great friends :smile:
Reply 2
At this stage where A levels results are not out yet + some IB students are still waiting for confirmation of their places, you can't be sure that everyone who is in these chat groups will become students of Notts.

You will make friends; from clubs, societies, student accommodation, classmates from your courses, student union, friends of friends etc. :-)
i might search on Facebook "Nottingham class of 2023" or something like that :smile:

maybe there are Instagram or Twitter tags too
Reply 4
Original post by JadeEG
Have you started at uni yet? It sounds like you haven't, so don't stress about making friends! When you start, talk to people who you share lectures with, join societies that focus on things you enjoy, and then you should easily be able to make some great friends :smile:


No I haven’t, I join in September and wanted to make some friends before going so I’m not lonely for freshers
Original post by Anonymous
Other than the WhatsApp and Snapchat group chats, where else can I find friends for first year at uni? I was told Notts is very diverse in students but so far 90% of that chats are white people. Are there no Asians?


Hi!

I definitely wouldn’t worry that you haven’t met any people to be friends with yet, a lot of people who you might meet may be awaiting confirmation or are applying through Clearing etc.

When you arrive at uni, is when most of the friendships start. Try joining some societies (go to the Welcome Fair to see what’s available), speak to the people sat around you and be open, I’m sure you’ll make plenty of friends! :smile:

Best of luck!

Estelle
Second Year Psychology Student
University of Huddersfield
Reply 6
Original post by University of Huddersfield
Hi!

I definitely wouldn’t worry that you haven’t met any people to be friends with yet, a lot of people who you might meet may be awaiting confirmation or are applying through Clearing etc.

When you arrive at uni, is when most of the friendships start. Try joining some societies (go to the Welcome Fair to see what’s available), speak to the people sat around you and be open, I’m sure you’ll make plenty of friends! :smile:

Best of luck!

Estelle
Second Year Psychology Student
University of Huddersfield


Ahhhhh but I’m dreading the thought of going to these places like welcome fair alone. How do you go along to these with people?
Reply 7
Original post by Anonymous
Ahhhhh but I’m dreading the thought of going to these places like welcome fair alone. How do you go along to these with people?

You'd probably get to know a few people when you move into your student accommodation, and you can ask to go together.
Reply 8
Join a club
Original post by Anonymous
Ahhhhh but I’m dreading the thought of going to these places like welcome fair alone. How do you go along to these with people?


Hello there!

Firstly many congrats on your offer from Notts :smile: - in terms of making friends please rest assured that its totally normal to feel apprehensive about this ahead of such a big change in your life, and so many new students share those feelings (myself included when I was joining Bath a few years ago!). I would definitely search on Facebook for Official Nottingham 2023 groups, particularly after results day and when you have your accommodation confirmed as you will likely be able to find people from your course and new flat within that group when the time comes so you can e-meet before starting in-person.

One other thing I would recommend which helped me as a new student - although it sounds a little daft - is brownies. On arrivals weekend when most of my new flatmates were arriving, I turned up to our new accommodation with a box of home-made brownies which I put on the table in our shared kitchen for everyone to take. It was only a small thing, but actually as I was unpacking and more people walked in, they just served as a great conversation starter, and what started off as a chat about brownies opened up the conversation to talking about our journeys to Bath, what we're studying, where we are from, and eventually our interests and what brought us to Bath.

It was soon quite obvious that we were all in the same boat when it came to making friends - we were all moving away for the first time in our lives, and all being in that daunting position at once seemed to encourage everyone together, and it felt quite natural to arrange to go to the Freshers' Fair and the taster events in pairs or small groups. I am confident you will find the same when you arrive at Notts - brownies or no brownies :smile:.

I hope that helps - the very best of luck for starting University! and please do post away on here if you have any more questions.

Holly
University of Bath
Original post by Anonymous
Other than the WhatsApp and Snapchat group chats, where else can I find friends for first year at uni? I was told Notts is very diverse in students but so far 90% of that chats are white people. Are there no Asians?

Hi there :smile:

I would highly recommend checking out your unis Facebook Freshers page. People often share their contact details and from my experience it's the easiest way to find people in your accommodation or on your course. I would also suggest following the unis' social media accounts as this will be the best place to keep up to date on events hosted by the uni. These events will be a great opportunity to meet likeminded people and develop friendships. I would also suggest joining a society as they are a great way to develop a skill and socialise with others. There are plenty to choose from so its definitely worth checking them out. Hope this helps!

Best wishes

Joanna
-Uni of Kent Rep

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