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Clubbing/social life at uni

A bit of a silly question, but is it easy to make good friends in university? I've never really connected with anyone who shares my interests or would actually want to spend time with me. I'm starting uni this September, and I'm wondering if people there are usually easy going and enjoy clubbing/night life.
Did anyone have a similar experience?
You'll certainly find a lot of easy going people and those who share interests with you. I never thought that the clubbing scene helped make friends per se - the "pres" beforehand certainly did though, and plenty of friendships I've cemented over at the local pub. Also made a handful of good friendships attending some societies.
Hi there,

I'd second what Scotland Yard has just said - 'pres' and freshers events are what helped me make friends, leaving your uni door open (if you're moving in halls) and getting to know people in your flat and other flats near by will be helpful if you enjoy going out as most of the time people have pres and parties before going out!

I know it's a cliché, but societies and sports groups are such a good way to make friends due to you being surrounded by like minded people and you are likely to hit it off with other people due to your common interest.

I hope this helps and have the best time at uni!
T
Hey,
I'm Haya and I'm a final year medical student.

Making friends at university can be pretty easy, especially if those people tend to share the same interests you do.

I found that going to icebreaker events at the beginning of your academic year really helps as those events let you speak and connect with multiple different people! Usually in freshers, a lot of the events are around the nightlife and so you can meet people who like to go out.

It also helps to meet with those who live in your flat as these are the people you'll be sharing a living space with and you'll be seeing them often!

Regardless, don't feel stressed about making friends, I'm sure you will be just fine !! Let us know for you need any more tips.

Best wishes,
Haya MBBS V
Original post by Anonymous
A bit of a silly question, but is it easy to make good friends in university? I've never really connected with anyone who shares my interests or would actually want to spend time with me. I'm starting uni this September, and I'm wondering if people there are usually easy going and enjoy clubbing/night life.
Did anyone have a similar experience?

Lots of people will be feeling really similar to you so don't worry about being the only one looking for new friends to settle in with. That'd be my one piece of advice - remember if you feel overwhelmed that it's likely others around you are feeling the same 🙂

Whichever uni you're going to - start looking for their Students Union on any social channels you have. SUs will run events all the time so following them will give you a flavour of what the social life is like. It'll help you to spot any relevant events coming up and sometimes meet people planning on going too (e.g. facebook events).

Good luck!!
Caitlin 🎓️
Official University of Strathclyde Rep
Original post by Anonymous
A bit of a silly question, but is it easy to make good friends in university? I've never really connected with anyone who shares my interests or would actually want to spend time with me. I'm starting uni this September, and I'm wondering if people there are usually easy going and enjoy clubbing/night life.
Did anyone have a similar experience?

Hey, how are you? :smile:

I know you've already received some fab advice below, but thought I'd just jump in too and say that if you put yourself out there then I'm sure you'll make some wonderful friends. So joining societies and clubs, perhaps getting involved in student union events and trips, part-time work on campus, volunteering opportunities, becoming a student ambassador etc - all great ways of meeting new people!

You could start with small talk with your fellow course mates, then move on to asking if they want to form a study group and go work together in the library - after you could suggest going for a coffee/a walk.

You could also add your course mates on social and start small interactions like replying to their stories.

Like others have said definitely get involved in freshers events and bar crawls etc! 🙂

I wish you the best of luck with your university journey this September, I'm sure you'll love it. Which course are you going to be studying? :smile:

Becky
Original post by Anonymous
A bit of a silly question, but is it easy to make good friends in university? I've never really connected with anyone who shares my interests or would actually want to spend time with me. I'm starting uni this September, and I'm wondering if people there are usually easy going and enjoy clubbing/night life.
Did anyone have a similar experience?

Hi Anon,
I'd say that societies are a great way to meet new people and make friends with a shared interest, as ultimately everyone in the society shares that interest.
Good luck for starting uni
-Jasmine (Lancaster Student Ambassador)
Original post by Anonymous
A bit of a silly question, but is it easy to make good friends in university? I've never really connected with anyone who shares my interests or would actually want to spend time with me. I'm starting uni this September, and I'm wondering if people there are usually easy going and enjoy clubbing/night life.
Did anyone have a similar experience?

Hi there!

I also thought I'd just add my opinion on this subject too!

I would say that a great way of making friends is through joining societies. There are usually loads of different societies to choose from and there will be something for everyone so I would say to definitely look into this as they are great. It's a good way of getting out of your flat as well, especially if your course isn't as full on, you might not be there every day and it can get quite boring sometimes so it's good to get out of the house. It's also great for making friends as you already have a common interest and most people are really friendly and also join societies to make friends. Depending on the society, you may be committed to once a month or twice a week but this is something to choose when you know how busy you will be. The socials are great too!

As others have said, having pre's is a great way of making friends. It's likely that your flat mates will want to go out, especially in freshers week and having pre's is a great way of getting to know people and having fun before you go out. Nights out themselves are fun too and just by going to the pub you will make friends too.

It's also a good idea in freshers week to meet other flats and ask them if they want to come around for pre's too or just knock on their door and introduce yourself. It seems scary but in freshers week everyone wants to make friends and nobody would think it was weird.

I would also make an effort with the friends you make on your course too. Talk to the people you see in your lectures or seminars and ask them if they want to go out, or go for a coffee etc. If you have to do group work this is often a good way of making friends too.

I hope some of this helps and you enjoy your uni experience! :smile:

Lucy-SHU Student ambassador.
Societies is a great way to meet people, and also your course mates too as you have that shared interest. Flatmates are great in freshers, also hanging around with to get to know the city. If you have those 3 groups as a starting point to making friends, you will soon have a super busy social life 🙂

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