3. Get involved with clubs and societies
At LUU we have over 300 clubs and societies. Covering everything from cultural and religious groups, to academic societies where you can hang out with your coursemates, as well as sports, performance groups and more general interest societies, there really is something for everyone. Clubs and societies are the best way to meet like-minded people in a relaxed setting, develop new interests and skills, and to connect with students from outside of your accommodation or course who you might otherwise not meet. And if you’re worried about making friends in second year and beyond, you can rest assured that clubs and societies are for everyone, no matter your year or level of study – so they’re a foolproof way to make friends at any point during your time at Leeds. Try Find Your Fit, our 60 second club-finder quiz, for some different suggestions of groups to join.
4. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself
It can be easy to feel like everyone around you is making friends, leading to feelings of isolation and loneliness. The truth is, the vast majority of students will be feeling exactly the same, and taking the time to meet people they really connect with – which means that once you get over the hurdle of being brave enough to chat to the people around you, chances are making friends will be much easier than you think.
The same applies for returning students who haven’t made any friends yet, or whose relationships have diminished during the past year – you were literally isolating in a pandemic. It’s not exactly the best environment for friendships to flourish. There will be thousands of students feeling the same who are open to new friendships, so treat meeting people and making friends now the same as you did in your first year.
Not putting too much pressure on yourself to make lifelong friends in the first week of uni is really crucial here – if it is enduring friendships you want to make, then it’ll take some time to discover the people you can truly connect with. Don’t rush it, remember that you’re doing no worse than anyone else, and throw yourself into all the events, activities and opportunities LUU has to offer. You’ll be surprised at the results.