How to make friends at university


One of the biggest fears for most students when they first go to university is that they won’t make any friends. You’re surrounded by people you don’t know, and this can feel overwhelming but the main thing to remember is that everyone is in the same boat. The university knows that making friends will be one of your main priorities in Welcome Week, so they’ll be organising plenty of socialising opportunities to allow you to meet people.

Don’t worry if you don’t instantly meet people you connect with; as the weeks go on, you’ll encounter all sorts of people. University is a great place to be open minded: go with it and you may become friends with people you never thought you would!

Student tips

Jean Tsiga

Mental Health Nursing student Jean Tsiga shares her top tips:

Welcome Week is a great way of getting to meet other students and it’s a fantastic opportunity to make new friends. Birmingham City University takes pride in showcasing new students and there is always someone to lend you a hand and make you feel at home.

There are lots of fantastic activities and clubs around the campus, so don’t feel like you can’t get involved. Check out the Students’ Union website for any societies or events that interest you. You’ll get to meet loads of interesting people too.

Top Tip

Smile! Yes, it goes a long way. Even if you are shy or scared, have a go. It’s contagious. Someone will smile back at you and maybe even pass a compliment. Some great friendships started off with a simple smile

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