Chances are, you came to university not knowing anyone, or at most, only a few people. Either way, you will meet new people at orientation week or during the first few weeks of class, and will probably want to become friends with some of them.

Think about it: who are the closest people in your life? Perhaps your family, and friends you have known a long time from school, your neighbourhood or through your parents. You will usually have built the relationship up over a period of time, by doing things together, talking to them and going places with them, through the good times and the bad. This can apply to making friends at uni too.

Most people come to uni motivated to meet new people and make friendships that will hopefully last for a long time. Ideally this will come true for everyone, but unfortunately some people find making friends harder than others. It is often easier for open and confident people to make friends, but not so easy for shyer, quieter people.

Generally, people are more comfortable talking to others when there is something in common to talk about, for example a group assignment or group discussion in class. It is a lot harder to talk to someone if you have nothing in common.

So if you are having trouble finding situations to make friends, maybe try these tips:

  • Join in as many uni groups as you can and get involved
  • Try and start a conversation with the student next to you in class about your upcoming assignment
  • Take part in volunteer opportunities at uni
  • Consider living in uni accommodation or dormitories
  • If at first you don’t succeed, hang in there and keep trying!
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Be sure to remember the importance of friends, and ¬†why not check out the Co-op’s great range of gifts to show a special pal that you care? After all, it is International Friendship Day this Sunday 4 August!


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