Most students are very excited when they first arrive in London, but it can also be a bit scary. The first thing most students worry about is how to make new friends. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people and make friends for life. Here are a few ideas and events to look out for during your first few weeks in London.
International Orientation Event
Most universities offer an international orientation event which invite international students to arrive at the university a few days before British students.
Staff and current students from the university will introduce you to all the facilities on campus and provide a tour of the surrounding area. There will be practical advice, such as how to open a bank account and help with registering with the doctor, as well as a number of social events to help you settle in.
Your university will email you with details of your international orientation event, or you can contact the university directly to find out more.
University Fresher’s Week
In the UK, the first week of university usually involves a mix of practical events such as enrollment and registration and fun events which are organized by your Student Union. There will be different events happening every day at your campus which provide great opportunities to meet new people.
Visit your Student Union to find out more about the social societies and sports clubs available at the university. You can sign up to as many clubs and societies as you like. They normally have weekly meetings, training sessions and events – a great way to make friends with people who have similar interests to you.
Shared student accommodation
If you are staying in halls of accommodation, you will quickly meet your neighbours who are in your flat or on your corridor. At most university halls of residence, students share the kitchen. By cooking together and sharing stories over your breakfast or dinner, you can quickly develop new friendships.
Get a part-time job
There will be many job opportunities on campus, such as being a student ambassador for your university or working at the student union. By working with other students from across the university, you will meet people who are from different countries and who are studying different courses to you.
Working or volunteering outside of the university is also a popular option. By working in the local community, for example, you will have the opportunity to meet people from a variety of backgrounds.
Make friends online
You can also start making friends before you even arrive in London! Join us on Facebook and Twitter to find others who are also planning to study in London. Many universities also have their own Facebook and Twitter accounts so look out for them.
If you are still thinking about studying in London, take a look at our Application Advice pages for more information, and register with us to receive monthly university updates and application advice.
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