For some people, walking into a room of strangers and coming out with 10 friends comes as second nature. For others, not so much...
If you're more of the shy type, making friends in your first couple of weeks at university isn't always easy but it's important you still have an amazing time and enjoy it.
We've put together some tips that will help you when it comes to making some friends:
- Use social media
It's a little bit easier to introduce yourself online than walking up to group of people and saying hello. Try to find your course or accommodation pages/groups on Facebook or Twitter.
- Don't stay in your room
Don't worry, this doesn't mean going down the corridor knocking on everyone's door but it is the little things like going to cook your lunch when you hear other people in the kitchen or showing your flatmates the hilarious meme you just saw on Insta.
- Be a good person
You don't need to dance like Beyonce or be the loudest person in the room to make friends. Learn to be a good listener, give thoughtful advice and be there for people, that's way more valuable in the long run.
- Head to the party early
It's not all about arriving fashionably late, especially if you get there and everyone turns around to see you! If it starts at 8, try get there in the first 5 or 10 minutes because people will be looking for someone to talk to when not many people are there yet.
- Be yourself
Don't pretend to be something or someone you're not because you'll have to keep up an act that doesn't come naturally to you. By discussing your hobbies and interests you'll meet a lot more like-minded people and have more enjoyable conversations.
- Play some music
Going to make some food in the kitchen? Or heading down to the laundry room? Play some music and people will most likely come join you for a chat. Even if you don't have the same taste in music it's a great conversation starter.
- Stay strong
Missing family and friends is completely normal, even if you think you won't - it happens. This is why getting involved in clubs and societies is great because it takes your mind off it and you could meet your new best friends at the socials/meetings.
- Urm, guess I'll see you later?
Ending a conversation can be awkward sometimes, so try close with an option that means you'll stay in touch after and that they don't think you're a total weirdo. For example, if you suggested a film night to your friend, say something "Let me know if you want to watch (...) on Friday, message me or something?"