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Where to find friends as a first-year student?

Posted: September 05 2019

Veronica, Biomedical Sciences

The first year of the university could be disorientating, especially if you are new in England or if it is your first time living away from your “home sweet home”.

This is why making new friends and embracing the university life are important steps to get the best from your experience at Brunel. So, what are the best places to meet people? How to socialise in university life?

Go to Freshers Week

From Sunday 15 September until Saturday 20 September, Brunel will host the littest week of the year entirely dedicated to freshers and to all the students that want to have fun. The Freshers Week consists of a range of activities, from silent disco to board game, that will allow you to meet a lot of people and that will get you started on your journey at Brunel.

Go to Loco’s

Loco’s is the pub of Brunel. Here you can chill, drink, eat and sing “Take Me Home, Country Road” all night long. In fact, every Tuesday is Karaoke Night! Do not forget to push your shiest fried to sing in front of a huge crowd of people.

Go to The Venue

On Friday night go to The Venue for a little dance! The Venue is the nightclub of Brunel, located just in front of Loco’s. This club hosts the biggest party in Brunel, the Mega Global, with three rooms of music, stilt walkers and more! Stay updated visiting Brunel Student Nightlife on Facebook or following @ubsnightlife on Instagram.

Go to ATIK

If Tuesday at Karaoke and Friday at the Venue are not enough for you, try the club ATIK in Uxbridge at only a few minutes walk from Brunel. On Wednesday night, all Brunel students get dressed up and move to ATIK to have a night out altogether. Find out more visiting ATIK Uxbridge on Facebook or @atikuxbridge on Instagram.

Join a Brunel team and get your privileges

Either If you like sports or just being in good company join Team Brunel. Every Wednesday, Brunel teams organise the so-called “socials”. Socials are meetings, which usually occurs in someone’s kitchen on campus, where you get dressed up and party with your teammates. Furthermore, if you are part of a team you get the silver card, which allows you to enter ATIK for free. Being part of a team also means that you can attend the Brunel Team Ball and live an exciting night out.

Visit the Fresher Fair and Join a Society

If you are not interested in clubbing or spending your time at a bar at all, why do not you come into Brunel Indoor Athletic Centre on the 17 September to find out what societies and many other activities Brunel has to offer? 

Get a part-time job or Volunteer

Is there a better way to make new friends while being paid or while doing something as rewarding as volunteering? Go to Brunel Job Shop to find the job right to you and to gain remarkable volunteering experiences.

Get to know your flatmates

If you live on campus get to know your friends next door, they will be your fellow adventurers, especially in the first week of university. Here some tips:

  • help your flatmates to move in
  • if they have already done it, don’t be shy, knock on their door and present yourself
  • when you are bored, leave the door of your room open and let your room become the favourite meeting place for all the crew (even better if you have a TV)
  • if you can cook, make dinner for the laziest of your flatmates and he/she will be grateful for life
  • be friendly
  • be clean
  • be patient
  • be patient
  • be patient


To sum up, if you are looking for new friends, you will definitely find many in Brunel. If you let yourself be carried by the energy of this uni, you will never feel lonely!