When you move into a student accommodation, it’s natural to want to make friends and build meaningful relationships. Here are some effective ways to make friends and create a strong community in your new student home.
1. Participate in community activities
A great way to meet people in your student accommodation is to get involved in community activities. Keep an eye out for events organised by the accommodation staff, such as movie nights, sports tournaments, game nights or theme parties. These activities offer an opportunity to socialise and connect with other residents who share similar interests.
2. Explore the common spaces
One of the best places to get to know your fellow residents is in common spaces, such as the living room, shared kitchen or study area. Take advantage of these places to engage in casual conversation, ask about their studies, interests or just chat about the latest movies or series they are watching.
3. Attend special events
Many student accommodations often organise events to encourage interaction between residents. These can range from theme parties, board game nights to excursions or sports tournaments – feel free to join in! Participating in these activities gives you the perfect opportunity to meet new people and share fun experiences together.
4. Join study groups or collaborative projects
Study groups and collaborative projects will not only help you academically, but are also a great way to meet new people. Join organised study groups in your accommodation or start one yourself. Working in a team on academic tasks can be fun and will allow you to meet people with similar interests.
5. Organise your own meetings
Don’t wait for others to organise activities, take the initiative and organise your own meetings! You can organise a board game night, a shared dinner or a movie evening. Invite your fellow residents to join in and have a good time together. This will not only help you build relationships, but will also contribute to creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere in the accommodation.
6. Participate in university events
In addition to activities in your accommodation, participate in events and activities organised by your university. Attend lectures, workshops, student clubs or sporting events. These events will not only give you the opportunity to make friends in your accommodation, but will also allow you to expand your social circle on campus.
7. Be friendly and show special interest
When you meet new roommates in your accommodation, be friendly and show special interest in them. Ask about their studies, hobbies or pastimes, and listen carefully to their answers. We all appreciate someone who shows an interest in what we do and who we are. Also, remember that friendship is a gradual process, so be patient and keep an open and positive attitude.
8. Take advantage of social networks
Join groups of students from your accommodation on social networks such as Facebook, WhatsApp or Telegram. These groups are a great place to get to know your fellow students, organise activities and ask questions about life in the accommodation. In addition, you can use these platforms to establish connections prior to your arrival and make new friends even before you move in.
9. Participate in sports activities
If you like sports, take advantage of the sports facilities in your accommodation or university. Join teams or groups in sports such as football, basketball, volleyball or any other discipline that interests you. As well as keeping fit, you can meet other students who are passionate about sport and make friends in a fun and competitive environment.
10. Explore academic interests
If you have subjects in common with other students in your accommodation, take this opportunity to form study groups. Organise joint study sessions, share resources and help each other. This way of interacting will allow you to meet people with similar academic goals and forge friendships based on mutual growth.
11. Be open to cultural diversity
Student accommodation is often home to students from different countries and cultures. Take advantage of this diversity to learn about new cultures, traditions and practices. Participate in cultural events organised by your international peers or even organise one yourself. Being open to cultural diversity will allow you to broaden your horizons and establish friendships in a multicultural environment.
Remember, the key to making friends in a student accommodation is to be proactive, showing genuine interest in others and participating in activities and events. Enjoy this stage of your university life and don’t hesitate to take the first step towards making meaningful connections – friendships are waiting for you at LIV Student!