Tips on how to make friends in a new city!

You have decided to do your studies in a new city or maybe even another country. It can be a bit scary at first, but it will be a lot of fun! Where are you going to live? Is your study going to be good? And maybe the most important question: who will become your new friends?

To help you out a bit, we got 7 tips to get to know people in a new city. Good luck!

1. Introduction week 

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At the beginning of a study year there are introduction weeks where you can meet a lot of new people. You can join an introduction from a student city, from your study or from the student- or study association. During the organised activities, you will quickly get to know other students. When studying abroad, you often get a mentor who will tell you everything you need to know about your study and the city of your university. 

2. Go live together with other students

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It's not only very sociable to live in a student house, it's often a lot cheaper too. It differs per student house to which extend the students do things together. In some student houses they do the groceries together and eat together. And some student houses have shared rooms so you can socialise or chill with your roommates. 

3. Say "yes" more often! 

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Say "yes" more often to new things. Apply for a course, new sport or go to the party of your classmate. It doesn't matter that you don't know everybody. Or join your university's volleyball tournament for example. You don't have to be a star in the sport to participate. You will always find buddies and there's a high possibility it being hilarious!

4. Join a student association or club

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Often at the beginning of a study year a day is being organised where all the sport clubs, school teams and other clubs recruit for members. Join one of these clubs, because it is not only fun to do after your busy days of studying, you also get to know cool new people. Maybe you can do something you have never done before.

5. Meet new people in class

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The lecture hall should be the place to pay attention, listen and make notes. You know as well that this is not always happening. Go and sit next to somebody else, by doing this you easily get to know new people. And it's easy to find a subject to talk about: the course or the teachers's funny glasses...

6. Work on your CV by doing extracurricular activities

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Maybe you're not interested in putting effort in something serious besides your studies. Nevertheless it's worthwhile to join a student association, political party or student committee to work on different projects. You not only meet new people, you also build up a network and work on your CV.


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Your student years are awesome and you will probably make friends for the rest of your life. Good luck!