Tips for meeting new people

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If there’s one thing people remember most about their university experience, it’s the friends they made but getting to know new people when you first arrive can be intimidating.

Here are some tips that’ll make the whole process a little less daunting.

Join a society or sports club

Sports clubs and societies are ideal for meeting new people and trying something new. Whether you enjoy writing, astrology, politics or fencing you’ll find one to suit your interests and get the opportunity to meet and socialise with others who do too. Click here to find out more.

Keep your door open

If you’re living in shared accommodation, whether that’s halls of residence or a private house, leaving your door open is a small thing you can do to encourage conversation between you and your housemates. It says that you’re open to inviting them in and getting to know them better.

Ask questions

Once the introductions are over, think about asking questions. Not so many that it feels like an interview but enough to avoid any awkward silences and show you’re keen to get to make friends. Where they’re from, what they’re studying and what hobbies and interests they have are all good conversation starters.

Think about your body language

Something as simple as crossing your arms or legs can give someone the impression you’re not open to talking. Smiling and maintaining eye contact do the opposite so try to bare this in mind and be engaging when meeting new people.

Join Facebook groups

Facebook is a great way to connect with fellow students, especially if you’re not studying on campus. The Students’ Union has a number of groups and even one that’s dedicated to students who commute. Click here to join.

Get a part time job

Working or even volunteering alongside your studies will open you up to a whole new group of people you probably wouldn’t have met otherwise. Make an effort to arrange to meet outside of work and you might just surprise yourself with who you get along with.

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