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Great ways to socialise at uni

Once you’ve moved out of halls, you might find that you have less opportunities to socialise as you move into a student house and start to spend increasingly more time studying towards your degree. However, there are a number of activities that you can take part in at uni to expand your social circle, even after you’ve moved out of halls.

Hang out in communal areas

Once you’ve moved into a student house and have made your room nice and homely, it can be tempting to spend hours alone in your room, playing games and watching Netflix. It’s important to make sure you spend some time in the communal areas, such as the lounge or the kitchen, so you can spend quality time with your housemates.

Take up a new sport

Joining a sports team is a great way to meet new people with similar interests, and there is always a whole host of different sports you can try whilst you’re at uni – if one sport isn’t for you, there’s plenty more to try! Why not try your hand at rock climbing or netball – or maybe something slightly quirky, like dragon boating!

Get a part time job

This will depend on your uni workload, as well as any other commitments you might have during term time. But part time jobs are a great way to expand your social circle outside of uni, as well as earning a bit of cash at the same time.

Organise group activities

Whether this be with your housemates, or perhaps with some people from your course, group activities are a great way to get to know people in a relaxed environment. Bowling, paint balling and mini-golf are all great group activities – and the element of competition will certainly test your new friendships!

Join a society

Joining societies are a great way to socialise with like-minded people, as well as discovering interests that you never knew you had. There are literally hundreds of societies to choose from at uni, from knitting clubs to charitable ‘jailbreak’ societies, whereby you are sponsored to break out and get as far away from the ‘jail’ as possible without spending any money – some participants even manage to make it abroad! Head down to the freshers’ fair, or check your student union website to see which societies are available at your university.

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