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How To Make Friends In College

Moving to a new city or neighborhood offers the perfect opportunity to shake up old routines and create new connections with people. But, it can be challenging to meet people after moving without a solid strategy. Whether you’ve been in the city for a while or have recently moved to KU student housing, there are plenty of ways for residents to meet new friends and make some lasting bonds.

To find your new clique, start with these simple tips from The Connection at Lawrence.

Befriend Your Roommates

If you’re a resident at our Lawrence student apartments and took advantage of our roommate matching service, you’re likely already paired with roommates who share common interests. Once settled into your new apartment, share some takeout or catch up on a show that everyone is interested in. Whether it’s a class you have in common or similar interests in music, movies,  and hobbies, find common ground on and start a discussion.

Use similar interests to your advantage and start making friends right at home. Who knows? Maybe your roommates will be able to introduce you to other friends that you’ll hit it off with as well.

Take Advantage Of Our Amenities

The best way to meet people is by doing things that you enjoy. The Connection at Lawrence offers a wide array of amenities for residents to enjoy in their downtime, like hanging out by the resort-style pool and catching a game on the sand volleyball court or basketball court. There’s also a game room that’s perfect for some competitive fun. Connect with a workout buddy and bond over reps at the 24-hour fitness center. Or, if you’re looking for something more low-key, strike up a conversation around the outdoor fireplace and cabana.

Even when studying, residents can meet each other in the computer lounge and connect over similar interests or class topics. No matter what residents are looking to do, we have fun amenities for everyone.

Introduce Your Pet

Everyone loves animals, and you can use that to your advantage! No matter if your pet is furry or scaly, it can help you strike up a conversation with other residents. Pets are also a great way to get you out of the apartment and moving around the community. Even if it’s not a pet that requires frequent walks, bring it out during get-togethers or in other pet designated areas. Not only will you feel more comfortable having your pet around, but it will also make you more approachable and provide you with an easy talking point.

Introducing your pet to new friends can segue into more opportunities for hanging out and getting to know each other better.

Host Or Attend Social Events

Chances are, you’re not the only person on the hunt for new college friends, so it’s crucial you take full advantage of all the social events around campus. Housewarming parties are bound to be plenty at the beginning of the semester. They can be a great way to meet people who are looking for new friendships. Even if you get a late start and miss out on housewarming parties, there will probably be other social events that coincide with holidays, birthdays, and game days.

If all else fails, don’t be intimated to host your own event. Doing so can give you another opportunity to bond with your roommates as you make preparations for the party.

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