As someone also at university and struggling with loneliness, I can understand the helplessness you certainly will be feeling. It always confuses me when people, like those others on this thread, advise you to simply do what I can only describe to be the most off putting thing you can possibly do to another human being: that is, to start an unwarranted conversation with them in an unsuitable context like the LIBRARY of all places. What kind of terrible American advise is that!? I would say you (and I, by extension) would have better chances trying that sort of thing at a society or nightclub, but the problem is not so simple: what if you have anxiety or depression? Autism? ADD? In other words, you might not even have the energy to get out of bed. People scarcely consider these factors. I suppose my advice to you, as a fellow lonely person at the moment, would be to avoid blaming yourself as much as possible. Specifically, I would want you to not clinicalise (if that's a word) your loneliness: that is to say you shouldn't treat it like something to be medicated and then briskly thrown over the shoulder. Once you recognise loneliness as being an intrinsic characteristic of the thinking, feeling human you may find yourself possessing more sympathy and understanding for yourself. Other than that, chatting to other loners online helps, and if you can pair this with another activity (I'm thinking video games) for maximum good times then I'd say you’re doing just fine. If you find it consuming you, stopping you from literally leaving your room: then you must reach out to others to save yourself. Never be ashamed. Loving oneself is hard but loving one's condition, I think, and separating it from oneself, is even harder. You may be alone in body but in soul there are others around you with the same kind of sentiment. It's university in Manchester, after all: a very big, intimidating city (for me, anyhow).