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Im starting uni in September, and I live quite close to the Uni im going to, so accomodation didnt really cross my mind.
But ive been seeing loads of people online saying they made friends through living together, and I just wanted to ask
Is it possible to still make friends even if you dont live at uni?
Reply 1
Original post by klaw2
Im starting uni in September, and I live quite close to the Uni im going to, so accomodation didnt really cross my mind.
But ive been seeing loads of people online saying they made friends through living together, and I just wanted to ask
Is it possible to still make friends even if you dont live at uni?


It is definitely still possible! As long as you make the effort to join societies/chat to people on your course etc then there will still be plenty of opportunity to make friends
Original post by klaw2
Im starting uni in September, and I live quite close to the Uni im going to, so accomodation didnt really cross my mind.
But ive been seeing loads of people online saying they made friends through living together, and I just wanted to ask
Is it possible to still make friends even if you dont live at uni?

Yes, absolutely!

While living on campus can provide certain opportunities for socialisation, it's not the only way to make friends at university. There are plenty of other opportunities, such as joining clubs or societies, participating in study groups, attending social events, or simply chatting in your classes. Building relationships takes time and effort, but with an open attitude and willingness to engage with others, you'll absolutely be able to form meaningful connections. Don't worry, your university experience will be rich and fulfilling, whether you live on campus or not.

Let me know if you have any questions,
Ilya :smile:
Original post by klaw2
Im starting uni in September, and I live quite close to the Uni im going to, so accomodation didnt really cross my mind.
But ive been seeing loads of people online saying they made friends through living together, and I just wanted to ask
Is it possible to still make friends even if you dont live at uni?

Hi there,

Yes, it is definitely possible to make friends even if you don't live in university accommodation! It can make it easier for some people, but it doesn't guarantee friendships.

There are so many other ways to make friends at university. You can talk to people in your classes; join sports and/or societies; find part-time work; volunteer; join clubs/go to events in your city; and attend events at your university - just to name a few.

Genuine friendships and bonds do take time do develop, so it is essential that you put the time and effort in to get to know people. An easy way you could do this is to start chatting to people, and maybe invite them out for a coffee/study date. Is there an event going on that you want to go to? Ask them to join you!

So many people are looking for those bonds, so I'm sure you'll find your friends in no time. Best of luck!

Isabella
Third-year Geography with a Year Abroad Student
Original post by klaw2
Im starting uni in September, and I live quite close to the Uni im going to, so accomodation didnt really cross my mind.
But ive been seeing loads of people online saying they made friends through living together, and I just wanted to ask
Is it possible to still make friends even if you dont live at uni?
I think it's possible, but you'll have to put in more effort than someone who's in a student accommodation. I'm going to uon this September. Maybe we could be friends?
Reply 5
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Original post by klaw2
Im starting uni in September, and I live quite close to the Uni im going to, so accomodation didnt really cross my mind.
But ive been seeing loads of people online saying they made friends through living together, and I just wanted to ask
Is it possible to still make friends even if you dont live at uni?

Hi there!

This is a common worry that people have who don't decide to live in accommodation, but you can still make loads of friends so try not to worry!

Even though you do make friends when you are living in accommodation as it's an easy way to meet people and spend time together, there are still plenty of opportunities to meet people.

One of the main ways I would say to do this is by joining societies! Societies are great ways to meet people who have a common interest with you and it's also just a good way of getting out and doing an activity you enjoy! I would recommend looking online to see if your university has a list of the societies they offer just so you know if there is anything you are interested in and then go to the societies and sports fairs in freshers week where you can look around the different stalls with societies. You can chat to people there about it and see how committed you would need to be - some meet once a week but for some sports you may need to commit to more hours.
Societies also often put on social events which are great and fun ways to go out with friends and meet new people!

I would also say to make sure you attend your lectures, seminars, classes etc as this is a great way of meeting course mates and this is how I made some of my best friends! If you meet people in class, ask them if they want to go for a coffee after uni or get some lunch and this is a good way of making friends.

Mostly, I would say to just put yourself out there! Everyone at uni wants to meet people and make friends so chances are they will say yes to any plans you suggest! As you are living at home, you might have to put a bit more effort in at first but once you make friends and get into the swing of uni, you won't feel this as much as you will have your friendship group who will ask you to come if they are going out etc.

Good luck at uni and I hope some of this helps!

Lucy -SHU student ambassador :smile:
Hi @klaw2!

Over 50% of students at Kingston University are commuters - so trust me when I say you can definitely make friends even if you're not living on-campus. Try joining a society that interests you, or attending some of the Freshers events organised by your university/student union - you'll probably meet a few commuting students in the same situation! 🙂

I've found a great way to make friends is to ask coursemates to meet up before or after class, either to go over the material or just to grab a coffee before a lecute starts. It's an easy, casual way to get chatting to others without asking anyone to make too much of a time commitment.

Eve (Kingston Rep).
Original post by klaw2
Im starting uni in September, and I live quite close to the Uni im going to, so accomodation didnt really cross my mind.
But ive been seeing loads of people online saying they made friends through living together, and I just wanted to ask
Is it possible to still make friends even if you dont live at uni?

It's definitely possible. What you could do is do first year in halls to get the 'experience' and then in second or third year you could live at home to save £'s :smile:
Original post by klaw2
Im starting uni in September, and I live quite close to the Uni im going to, so accomodation didnt really cross my mind.
But ive been seeing loads of people online saying they made friends through living together, and I just wanted to ask
Is it possible to still make friends even if you dont live at uni?

Hi,
It is definitely possible to make friends when you don't live at uni! While many people do make friends with those who they live with, there are plenty of other opportunities to make friends. For example; sports, societies, course mates, part time jobs. Personally, I am only still friends with one of my first year flatmates and most of my friends have been made through these other activities.

I hope this helps! Faye 🙂
Original post by klaw2
Im starting uni in September, and I live quite close to the Uni im going to, so accomodation didnt really cross my mind.
But ive been seeing loads of people online saying they made friends through living together, and I just wanted to ask
Is it possible to still make friends even if you dont live at uni?

Hi,

It's definitely possible to make friends if you're commuting from home. Some people living in halls don't even get on with their flatmates, and it doesn't really affect their uni experience. Most of my closest friends are from my course. It was easier for me to make friends this way because it gave us things to talk about when we first met. Furthermore, any societies, sports teams, or other events will provide opportunities to meet new people. As long as you're happy with your decision, that's the most important thing. Hope this helps.

Sophie
LJMU Student Rep
Original post by klaw2
Im starting uni in September, and I live quite close to the Uni im going to, so accomodation didnt really cross my mind.
But ive been seeing loads of people online saying they made friends through living together, and I just wanted to ask
Is it possible to still make friends even if you dont live at uni?

Hey!

It is absolutely possible to make friends if you don't live on campus! I found that a great way to do this is to join the Facebook groups (if your uni has them) before you start and this makes it so much easier! Before I started, I already knew a few people so this made it much less daunting on my first day!

Joining societies is also a great way to make friends when you join uni. Most universities have societies based around your course as well as everything and anything in between, it's a great way to meet people with similar interests!

I hope this helps,
Rebecca, UCLan

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