You’ve left high school behind, where just showing up was all you needed to do to find your #squad. Making new friends at uni can often feel a little more complicated. But finding your tribe is when the good times begin.
Here are our tips on where to start.
Right place, right time
We know you came to ACU to study, but there’s fun to be had – the lets-hang-out-and-do-stuff kind of fun, not the slothing-alone-four-hours-deep-into-a-Netflix-binge kind of fun – and universities are packed with people looking to meet new pals.
So, start your search by feeling confident that you’re in the right place and know it’s very likely that the person sitting next to you in your lecture is probably on the hunt for the exact same thing you are - a friend.
It’s a small world
We recently asked about 100 students to tell us what they liked about studying here. Turns out, you’re not an original bunch! We heard the same thing over and over – small class sizes.
Take advantage of this! It’s much easier to strike up a conversation with someone in a small classroom than a huge lecture hall. If you’re uncertain, see the point above – most people who come to uni are keen to jump on the friendship bandwagon. And if you are in the same class, you already have something in common to get the convo started.
Get amongst it
This is an obvious one – get involved in campus clubs and activities.
Next month the Canberra Campus Outdoor Club is off on a horse riding trip and beach camp out, North Sydney students are making noise in the uni choir most weeks and Ballarat netballers are tearing up the court on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Tuesdays are when Brisbane students come together to learn the guitar, Melbourne is home to one of ACU’s barbell clubs, and Strathfield offers taekwondo on campus.
And this is just the start. Potential friends can be found everywhere at uni if you just follow your interests – or develop new ones.
We get it, starting a conversation with a random in your lecture can feel intimidating, so swiping right might be an easier place to start.
Last year, Tinder Social came on the scene to help you get into the friend zone (rather than trying to get out of it).
Set the Tinder app to Social and swiping becomes a platonic activity. Invite friends to join your group, match with new groups, and meet IRL. When you’re at uni, narrow down your search to a 2km radius and you may even find friendship matches on campus.