Arriving in a big foreign city like London when you don’t know anybody can be a bit of a frightening prospect. But university life is about being social and there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people from the moment you get here.
Try these ideas:
- Attend your university’s Freshers Week – this is usually hosted by the Student Union the week before classes begin, and is a great way to meet new people, find out more about your university and explore your new local community
- Go to the Student Union and sign up to the student societies matching your interests
- Get friendly with people in your halls of residence or shared student accommodation
- Visit your university’s Facebook page
- Read your university’s newspaper and sign up for any events that interest you
- Attend your university’s orientation programme – these are organised by the international office specifically for international students
- Sign up to become a student ambassador for your university – great for work experience and meeting new people
- Get a part-time job and make friends with your work colleagues
- Volunteer in the local community to meet new people.
We’ll be adding more ideas about making friends and adjusting to your new life in London in coming weeks, so do check back.
In the meantime, here are some more frequently asked questions about studying in London.