The title of this post makes it sound like making friends at uni is easy; something you can learn to do in a few minutes. But friendships, like all relationships, take time to nurture and build up. Uni isn’t like school, where you’re thrust together with the same, relatively small group of people for days on end. It’s so much bigger than that, and that ironically makes it much harder to meet people to form a bond with. Finding the right people for you can take a lot of time and effort – or it can happen out of the blue. In my experience, finding your future friends involves a bit of work and a bit of luck, but making and securing those friendships can take quite a lot of work. It’s a fun and important process though, and worth it in the end, so here are my tips and tricks for finding your friends at university.

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Congratulations! You’ve got your place at university, applied for your on-campus accommodation and just been given your brand-new address. But there are still a few hurdles to overcome before move-in day: namely finding out about your new flatmates. Here’s my how-to guide for finding, chatting with and getting to know the people you’ll be sharing a kitchen with for the next year!

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Thursday 30th July, 2015 Woke exhausted, as to be expected, but that didn’t really matter today. What did matter was the deep sadness I now felt in the pit of my stomach, clouding the front of my head. The other emotions from last night had worn away, and now I was just sad.

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Wednesday 29th July, 2015 Eventually, perhaps a little before one-am, we made our way upstairs. I forced myself into the shower, knowing I’d regret not showering more than the late night when I woke up, and then headed towards bed – but then Heather, Chloe and I found ourselves deep in conversation and unable to break out of it. As it was, we climbed into bed in the late early hours.

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Tuesday 28th July, 2015 It should be hard to wake up here, but Chloe’s ridiculous alarm of a brass group pushing their instruments to the extreme ensures sleeping in is impossible. We headed downstairs for breakfast to find out the plans for the day – with no concerts or rehearsals scheduled we were all looking forward to taking a bit of a break after the packed start to the week.

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