Where can I meet people?
If you’re living in a university residence or sharing a house with other students you won’t have to go very far to meet people who are probably in a similar situation to you. But you still need to make an effort and get out of your room! Make sure you take every opportunity you can to attend social events at the start of the year, when everyone will be feeling uncertain. Yes, it can be a little hard at first but it gets easier the more you try.
In New Zealand, people who share a house or apartment together are called ‘flatmates’. Each group of flatmates is different, but many people find they build lasting friendships with the people they live with, even when they no longer share a house together. Being a good flatmate – being friendly, open-minded and considerate of others – is a great introduction to being a great friend.
Introduce yourself to other people on your course – it’s likely that you’ll have more in common than just taking the same classes. At the very least, you’ll be able to ask them for help if you miss a lecture or want to chat about assignments or tests.
The place where you are studying will probably have lots of clubs and interest groups where you can meet people who are interested in the same things as you. Continue reading …