One of the great things about university is the sheer number of people you’ll meet and the friends you’ll make. In the beginning, you’ll be telling people your name, what your course is, and where you’re from over a thousand times, but it’s a great way to break the ice.
It can be a daunting experience settling in and looking for new friends. Just remember, you’re all in the same boat! Relax, and remember these tips on how to get meeting new people when you arrive.
Don’t be afraid to say hi to everybody you come across. Whether you’re waiting in the queue to get your Freshers Pass, in your induction class or moving into your new halls – get chatting to people and find some common ground with them. If you hit it off then swap social media details so you can keep in touch later on and arrange to meet up.
Prop open your door while you’re unpacking your stuff so your new neighbours know you’re in. Invite them in to see your room or offer to lend them a hand with unpacking. Arrange to have some well-earned drinks in your halls lounge after all the hard work of moving in!
If people in your corridor/flat haven’t adopted the open door system; go and knock on their door and introduce yourself.
I’m not Living in Halls!
It might seem like it at first, but not everybody is living in halls! Every student at Heriot-Watt is a member of the Student Union so you’re invited to all our Freshers events on campus too. You also become a member of our 'virtual hall' called Fiona Watson so you won't miss out on any of the events like Battle of the Halls. Just make sure you make an extra effort to participate in events and get chatting to people!
Freshers Week is naturally a great way to meet new people with all the various events happening day and night. Try and make every effort to go to as much as possible. If you’re not feeling it one night, a quiet night in is allowed! If you have to miss Freshers Week, don’t worry because you’ll get to catch up with everybody once the semester starts.
All you need is just one person you get along with – maybe you’ll meet them in halls, or during your course induction. From there the two of you can go to events together, and bring each other when you’re invited to things. Ta-da – your social circle has expanded!
You are obviously coming to university to study! Your course will give you a great opportunity to meet people who are into the same things as you. Tutorials and lectures are a great way to get chatting to people, so make that effort on day one. There are also opportunities for group work in a lot of courses; which is a great chance to work together.
Freshers Week is a great chance to get stuck into some activities. Clubs and societies are a brilliant way to meet people with the same interests as you. Check out our current list of societies here and keep an eye out for their first session so you can pop along. If sport is more your scene, then check out the Sports Union clubs on offer. Try a taster session or develop your favourite sport.
It’s understandable if all the new people tire you out or leave you feeling overwhelmed but try your best to get stuck in – you’ll thank yourself for it!