“Will I make friends?” and “Will I be lonely at university?” are one of the biggest concerns facing the majority of students who decide to live at home. A large number of commuter students worry they will find it hard to make friends at university because they don’t live in shared student accommodation where they are constantly surrounded by other students. The close proximity can make it easier to engage in the social aspect of university. They can participate in a wide range of social activities such as house and dinner parties and social events offered by the university where friendships are easily formed. However, if you are living at home and are concerned about making friends, then there is no need to worry. There are plenty of ways to make friends if you live at home.
Spend as much time as possible on campus
By staying behind at university before and after lectures, you will be able to make the most of what the university has to offer socially:
Socialise with course mates after lectures
As soon as lectures have finished, you can ask course mates if they fancy hanging out in the nearby cafe or library. This way, a close friendship can potentially be formed over time as you will be seeing course mates regularly for the next three years.
Hang around busy areas such as the cafe and library on your own
As daunting as it may be, spending time on your own can be a great way to make friends. People are more likely to approach you if they see you alone than with a group of friends. Think about it, would you feel more comfortable talking to somebody for the first time if you saw them alone or with their friends?
The University offers a number of societies such as Baking, Drama and Philosophy where you can interact with fellow students who share the same interests as you. There may even be a Commuter or Living at Home Society where you can socialise with other commuter students. You can sign up to societies at Fresher’s Fair and on the Student Union Website. You can join societies anytime during the academic year. It is never too late!
Work at the university
There are a wide range of part time jobs available at the university. You get to work in bars, cafes and libraries where you can meet other students. Look for vacancies advertised on posters around the Library, Cafes, Student Union, Student Union Website and Student Union Facebook and Twitter pages. If you don’t have a social media account, you could email the Student Union and ask whether they are looking for part time staff.
Talk to people
Don’t be afraid to initiate a conversation with other students. Everybody else is on the same boat and will be willing to make new friends. Who wouldn’t want to be friends with a friendly person?
Participate in events and activities organised by the Student Union
The Student Union hold many social events and activities throughout the year. Check your Student Union Website and Facebook pages for upcoming events and activities taking place. You will never know who you will meet!
At the end of the day, the university experience is ultimately what YOU make of it. If you spend a considerable amount of time on campus and get actively involved in social activities at university, you will find the opportunities to meet fellow students and build friendships are endless. Whereas, if you just attend lectures and then rush straight home once lectures have finished, you are missing out on opportunities to widen your social circle. Making friends is such a great part of university, and living at home does not mean you need to miss out!