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All The Friends You Need To Make In Your First Year at University

“Let’s be friends”

1. The chef.

As soon as someone says, “I love cooking!” latch onto them and never let go. Supply them with the most love you can, move in with them and enjoy gourmet meals for the rest of your uni days.

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2. The computer science student.

Computer broken, faulty WiFi – here’s a friend that will have your back. They may also know how to reroute power to your speakers for parties.

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3. The artist.

They’re in a lot of societies which could open you up to new things. They will also be that stylish, aloof character who gives you the edge you need on nights out.

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4. The couple.

Not only will they give you hope that there’s someone out there for you too, but they guarantee that you’ll always have at least two people when going to the pub. “Three’s a crowd” doesn’t really apply at uni, so find yourself a couple and embrace the third wheel.

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5. The Master’s student.

Experience is always good for advice; a deft hand to show you the ropes, the Master’s student will be your guide to uni and tell you what you should or shouldn’t do. They’re also pretty chill and one of the perks of university is that you can begin to make friends outside of your age group.

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6. The film fan with a Netflix subscription.

Those evenings in when you just want to watch something with your flatmates, this is the friend to call on. Great at planning movie marathons and able to tell the difference between Scorsese and Ridley Scott, this friend, like the artist, will broaden your horizons.

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7. The uni lad.

Not necessarily male: you need at least one uni lad as a friend because they have a gameplan for every eventuality and will see you through any rough patch.

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8. The one with a permanently bad sleeping pattern.

This friend will wake at 6pm and go to bed at 5am. Somehow they’ll still be present at lectures, but will also be there when you need a night out or just a midnight snack.

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9. The neat student.

They can be a little annoying at times with their cleaning rotas and passive-aggressive post-it notes, but that’s the price you’ll be willing to pay every time they clean the communal area. Things will always look great with this person as your friend – just don’t take advantage and you’ll go far together.

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10. The slob.

This friend will be there when you just need to chill. The perfect counterpoint to the neat student, this friend will allow everything and anything.

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11. The one with a car.

They can show you the world beyond campus and your two favourite clubs. This person will seriously come in handy when you just went to go away for a day.

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12. The bar staff. 

Having a friend behind a bar has one obvious bonus: free drinks. At the very least they could get you free entry or a discount.

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13. The athlete.

Will either inspire you to get fit or make you feel really bad about yourself. But no matter what, they’ll invite other attractive sports society people round for pre-drinks so who cares?

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14. The games master.

You’ll never be bored with this friend. Whether they bring Mario Kart, FIFA or just a pack of cards and a load of drinking games, you’ll want them around. You’re all adults now (kinda), but there’s no shame in playing some games.

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15. The Hermione Granger.

Missed a lecture? No idea what’s happening in a seminar? 100 words into an essay but no idea what to do? This friend has your back, and is there to kick you into action when you’re leaving things too late.

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16. The lecturer.

“I’ll never be friends with a teacher” you said. But now you’re an adult being taught by other adults. Sure, they’re technically above you in the structure of the university, but they’re people too, and befriending one will only benefit you.

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17. But most importantly, the best friend.

This person is out there. Whether they’re in your flat, on your course, or waiting to have a drunk conversation with you in some nightclub toilets, this is the one you’ll stick with long after graduation.

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With friends like these, you can’t go wrong.

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