You’ve been accepted for your student visa, taken the long haul flight, signed up for all of your courses and have finally arrived at your university in beautiful sunny Australia. You can’t wait to get started on your degree and to enjoy the laid back Australian lifestyle. However, one thing is missing: some great friends to share your experiences with!
It can be difficult to be a newcomer in a foreign country where no one knows you. You might feel a little bit lonely and homesick when you first arrive on your studying abroad journey. However, there are many ways that you can start meeting new people and making great friends. Here are five ways to get yourself out there:
- Join a Club
Any university you attend when studying abroad in Australia will have plenty of different clubs and teams for you to join, such as college help collectives, hiking groups, sports clubs, political clubs and religious clubs. No matter what your interests are, there are probably other people on campus who share your passions. Joining a club is a great way to meet people who you already have something in common with.
- Get Yourself a Hangout Spot
Choose a location, such as a pub or a cafe, where you hang out as frequently as possible. Once you start becoming a “regular” there, you will start to see some of the same frequent customers showing up again and again. This builds a sense of familiarity and gives you an opportunity to start up a conversation. Soon the bartender or barista will know you by your first name and have your drink ready for you as you walk in the door and your new friends will wave you over to sit at their table.
- Form a Study Group
Have a big test coming up in one of your classes? Ask one of your classmates if they want to study with you. You can quiz each other on the material or proofread each other’s papers and then reward yourselves for all of your hard work with a pizza and a pint of beer.
Not only does volunteering look amazing on your CV, it is a great way to meet other people. Whether you are helping set up for a fundraising triathlon, cleaning up a park or helping the homeless, there will be other involved and passionate people there that you can talk to.
- Go to Events
The university scene is filled with fun events, from jazz festivals to art shows to outdoor concerts to free lectures to stand up comedy. Go to as many of these events as possible, as they will give you plenty of opportunities to chat with new people. Don’t be shy about going alone, simply sit next to someone who looks friendly and makes small talk about what they thought of the performance. Pretty soon, you will have struck up a conversation and you won’t feel alone at all.
Being on your own in a foreign country when you are studying abroad can be lonely at first, but there are many ways that you can get out there and make new friends. Soon you will have a network of great people with whom you can enjoy the adventure of studying abroad in Australia.