Finding Friends who’ll last longer than Freshers

Emily Wilkinson gives her view on how to deal with problem flatmmates

17th October 2016

So Fresher’s week is over, and suddenly Rachel, who was obsessed with Rum and Rainbow Sours in Riverside and Rustys, has now made the Robbo her permanent home. Your kitchen is more entitled to the name filthy than Filthys, and nobody can be bothered with those cute bonding sessions. Your flat is more boring than a 9am lecture, and you’re in desperate need of a way to distract yourself from those reading lists. So how do you go about making new friends if your flat is a bit of a dead end?

'Rachel, who was obsessed with Rum and rainbow sours in riverside and rusty's, has now made the robbo her home'

Firstly, remember that everybody came to university on their own, and completely sympathise with how much the first couple of days sucked trying to find the Joey to their Chandler. Be Brave; start the conversation and make an extra effort to be confident, friendly, smiley and approachable.  Having a boring flat is a great excuse to get out and about and throw yourself into everything life at Newcastle University has to offer- this, as a general rule of thumb, means you’re making the most of your time as a student, and those boring flat mates are clearly the ones who are actually missing out.Most importantly, (as cheesy as it sounds) JUST BE YOURSELF. Discuss and engage in things that genuinely interest you, and hopefully this common ground will enable you to become a little social butterfly in no time. There are so many people on campus that, although it may feel like it now, having a boring flat really isn’t the end of the world. So where’s the best place to test all this out?

“It would also be a good idea to check if your course has a society”

The most obvious start would be with the people that you spend all day every day with; people on your course. They chose the same subject at the same university as you, so clearly you must have something in common, right? Make an extra effort in smaller groups, such as seminars and study groups. Don’t be afraid to message people for help on a lecture topic, as this may actually be a great way to start a conversation over something as trivial as a boring lecturer, which could actually blossom into a life-long friendship. It would also be a good idea to check if your course has a society. These are a great way to have fun and meet sociable people on your course. It’s also an opportunity to branch out to people in different year groups and those mysterious faces in the lecture theatre that you may never have had the chance to meet on a normal day around campus.

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