Making friends digitally and at a social distance

Published by University of Bedfordshire

The Covid-19 pandemic rolls on and despite UK government lifting most restrictions, heading off to university will still involve some extra guidance.

This ‘new normal’ will see new ways of doing normal things, like welcome week, your course induction, even going to the pub, and of course – making new mates.  

You may be moving to university, commuting to classes or studying in the town you already live in. It’s likely everyone will be making new uni mates. 

But what is the best way to make new mates whilst being Covid-safe? 

How to meet people at a distance

First off, the key to making new mates at uni is being open to meeting them in the first place. So, make sure you’re saying yes to new experiences, you’re welcoming and friendly, and you listen to what your new friends are saying – show interest in what people have to say and they’ll often show you the same kindness in return. 

You are not alone in this experience, and if you are feeling a certain way, it’s likely you’ll find someone else feeling like it too. 

Here are some great ways to make new friends at uni – just remember to always follow guidance available and maintain social distancing or wear a face covering when needed!

Go to your course induction 

At Bedfordshire, all our students will be given on campus teaching and activities blended with online lectures from September. Look out for instructions and events held by your course or faculty and make sure to get involved.  

Get involved in Freshers/Refreshers

During the Welcome period, Beds SU have a host of digital events for you to get involved with, as well as societies and clubs. Make the most of them and get involved where you can! Who doesn’t love a digital pub quiz… 

Join social media groups

Have you joined our Student Chat Facebook group? Why not start a course WhatsApp chat? Or follow each other on Instagram? Social media is a fantastic way to get to know new people, and it’s super safe. 

Use dating apps as mate-ing apps

Apps like Bumble and Hinge can be used for making friends, not just dating. They’re great if you’re moving to a new place and want to get to know people who live in the area. Make sure to stay safe if you are using apps to make friends – take precautions and always tell someone where you are going when meeting an online friend and always meet in a public place. 

Play a sport 

Sporting activities are a great way to stay active, make mates, and become part of a team. Go Bulls!

Invite a course mate for a socially distant walk 

There are lots of lovely spots and parks around all of our campuses to walk through. Make the most of the autumn weather and invite a course mate for a socially distant walk to get to know each other more. 

Say hello!

The best friendships start with a simple hello. Be brave and say hi to someone new and they might just be a friend for life.