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Worried about making friends? Here are some tips for first-time students!
As well as being voted a Top 5 UK University for Teaching Quality in The Times, Good University Guide*, we have a vibrant and diverse campus, where it’s a great place to meet new people.
We’re also one of the best universities in the UK for social life/work-life balance and have an award-winning Student Services Team to support you with everything from mental health and money worries to general advice.
Use the University of Bolton’s Clearing website to find the right degree for you, and read on for our top tips on how to make new friends during your studies.
1. Join a club
This is one of the easiest ways to make friends at university. The University of Bolton has so many clubs and societies to choose from. And all clubs have their own social events, giving you plenty of chances to mingle!
There are no limits to how many clubs you can be a part of, but don’t take on too much in one go. Give yourself enough time to study, relax and spend time with dorm mates.
2. Spend more time outdoors
Making new friends at university can already be nerve-racking as it is. Throw in COVID fear, and it can complicate matters even further. But doing more things outside can help you meet people from a distance, and it gives you an opportunity to get out of your dorm.
Some great activities to keep your body and mind healthy include walking, running or cycling, and you can even have an outdoor gym session at Leverhulme Park!
Remember everyone is different, and some people are more relaxed about social distancing than others. It’s important to respect everyone’s needs during the pandemic, and look out for those who are struggling to adjust to the ‘new normal’.
3. Don’t close yourself off
The number one tip for making new friends at university is to keep yourself open to all experiences. Don’t close yourself off, and be willing to step outside of your comfort zone from time to time.
You could attend Fresher’s Week events that you wouldn’t normally go to, or you could try a new sport or activity. If you’re an introvert, push yourself to have more interactions. One way of doing this is by leaving our door open when you’re staying in halls or a shared house and inviting people to pop in to chat.
4. Form a study group
Finding people with the same interests is sometimes easier when you’re studying the same subject. It provides you with common ground and something to chat about. If you want to build friendships with classmates, invite people to study with you.
Not only is this a good way to get to know people better, but you’ll also get to bounce ideas around and discuss important elements of your course.
5. Be inclusive and friendly
If you want to enjoy the most complete university experience, be the beacon of inclusivity among your group. Being inclusive means being open to people from all walks of life, and all backgrounds.
By opening yourself up and making others feel welcome, you can help us promote the importance of inclusiveness at the University of Bolton. You’ll make new friends at university much quicker, and you’ll expand your horizons through a diverse network of acquaintances (and possibly lifelong friends).
Still not applied to university? It’s not too late to join us. Head over to the University of Bolton’s Clearing website to find the right degree for you.
Or if you have further questions, call our dedicated Clearing number 01204 896936 and talk to a member of our team.
*The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide - 2022