This article was updated by the Great British Mag editorial team on 21 September 2021
Starting university as an international student can be a nerve-wracking experience. On top of having to get used to a new country and culture – you will most likely be living with people you don’t know, so it is understandable that you might be feeling anxious about how to break the ‘ice ‘with your new housemates. But don’t worry too much because we have you covered with these top tips.
When you first move in, make sure that you introduce yourself. If you are moving into student dorms, then leave your room door ajar. This will signal that you’re moving in and people can pop their head around and say hello! Equally, you will be able to see other people and can make the first move by introducing yourself.
Remember that everyone is nervous and some people are shy so be brave and make the first move!
Make a cup of tea
We have a saying in the UK that a cup of tea makes everything better, so offer to make everyone a “cuppa” with a side serving of biscuits. This is a gentle way of sparking a conversation because you can ask how people they like their tea (in the UK tea making is an art form with many variations on the classic) and you can bond over what you drink back home as your tea equivalent.
Cook a meal
If you can cook, then it is a great way to get to know people. Cook a dish that is your favourite or the national dish of your country. This will make a great talking point and will help you bond with people. It could even become a weekly thing with a different person doing the cooking.
Arrange a party
Being a university student in the UK includes a lot of partying, so why not arrange a party with the people that you live with. It will be something you can plan together which will help you get to know one another better and it will widen your social circle.
Explore the city together
Arrange trips together so that you all get to know the city better. This will be much more fun and safer. And once you have tired yourselves out you can go for a drink in a local pub, which is a popular way for Brits to relax. Do not worry if you don’t drink alcohol because you can order a soft drink and food in pubs.
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