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Five ways to make friends when you arrive at Bellerbys

Posted 06 November 2014

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It can be very daunting to go to a new country on your own, but we’re here to give you some tips on how to settle in quickly by making new friends. 

One of the most important aspects of your experience while studying in the UK will be the people and friends that you meet. It can be very daunting to go to a new country on your own, but we’re here to give you some tips on how to settle in quickly by making new friends. 

1. Introduce yourself
In the first few weeks, everyone is nervous and hoping to make friends, so why not make it easier for your fellow new students and introduce yourself? We know it can be scary to be the one to speak first, but you can be confident that all new students will be happy to speak to new people. After all, you’re all in the same situation.

2. Join enrichment activities
In the first few days you will be given lots of information about which clubs, societies and enrichment activities you can join. There are many options to choose from and there will certainly be something that interests you. It’s a great way to meet new people with common interests, who won’t necessarily be in your usual classes. The more new friends, the merrier! Also, great memories are made when you’re doing something you really enjoy and it’s much easier to make friends when you’re in a group situation where you need to talk to each other. Sport activities are great for team bonding. Check out this video to see what kind of activities you could do.

3. Talk to the people you’re living with
When you move into your accommodation, make sure you say hello to your neighbours! If you’re living in Bellerbys accommodation, knock on the doors around you to say hello. Your housemates could be your closest friends by the end of the year as you’ll be spending a lot of time with them. 

4. Talk to people from different nationalities
A great part of studying in an international school is the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. It can be very tempting to only talk to people from your own country, because it’s familiar and if you get stuck with English, at least you can speak another language together! By talking to people of different nationalities and from different countries, you will not only improve your English, but also learn new things about different cultures and traditions.

5. Be friendly
Everyone loves a friendly person! There are many different ways of getting to know the people around you. You can say hello to new students, offer to hold the door open for someone, talk about the weather to someone you’ve never met and work with students you may not know in classroom lessons. A simple hello could lead to a million different conversations and lifelong friendships.