When I joined university I was equal parts scared and excited. It can be daunting not knowing who your flatmates are, if you’ll make friends on your course, what your lecturers will be like. But the one thing you have to remember is that everyone is in the same situation and there’s some little things you can do to reach out and make friends. Here are my top tips…
- Although it’s great if you get along with your flatmates it’s not the end of the world if you don’t get along. Outside of your flat and lectures may seem a daunting place but there’s plenty of opportunity to make friends at your fingertips. In this case, the SU is your best friend. Sheffield is home to over 350 societies and 57 sports clubs so look on the SU website and join one or two that interest you. Being part of a group can be a great way to make friends as they host lots of socials and activities.
- Within your flat the first few days are important. It’s good to make sure you spend time with your flatmates, for example you could explore the city, cook, watch tv and drink. It can be nerve wracking but taking the first step to get to know someone is really important, so hang around in the kitchen, not your room and get to know the people around you.
- Knock on your neighbour’s door. Everyone wants to make friends so make sure to say hi to your neighbours. In my first year I met my boyfriend by going to his birthday party on the floor below, so you never know who you might meet!
- Lecturers may seem all knowing and scary but really they aren’t. They’re just people passionate about their subject, like you! Don’t be afraid to reach out if you have issues, it will help you to get the most out of your course. This is especially the case with office hours. These are slots in which you can go see a lecturer and ask them for help. Normally, it’s good practice to email first, but you can also just pop in. Using these has really helped me to improve and learn more about my subjects.
- If you get half-way through the year and realise you’re unhappy or want to meet new people, it’s never too late to get involved, I joined ultimate frisbee in my second year to meet new people and try something new and it was the best decision I ever made. – Yzzy (Fourth Year English Literature and Hispanic Studies)