There’s nothing scarier than being the ‘new’ one at a new school and hoping to make friends that will turn into lifelong connections. So, where should you begin looking? Let me tell you this for a fact, location is key!

Here are some of the top places you can meet and make friends in college:

The Dorms

This is the primary place of bonding. Try to be friendly to everyone in your dorm, as it’s the easiest way to make friends. Remember, most of the people there are in the same situation as you, also make sure to introduce yourself to your neighbors when you first move in. Keep your dorm room door open when you and your roommate are home (cautiously, of course) or have people over. That way, people will see that you’re open to outsiders and meeting new friends..


There are so many options of what you could join in college! Whatever you chose to join, the most basic goal is to join something with people who have interests in common with you. Look out for: clubs, groups, sports teams, social or academic sororities or fraternities and religious organizations that seem interesting to you.

Get a Part-Time Job

If you get a job, you’ll get to make connections with coworkers and get the added bonus of a little extra cash. It’s even more beneficial if your job is on campus so that you’re meeting and working with students.


Go to sports games and other campus events where you’ll be likely to meet other students. Join in on things when invited, like hanging out with new groups of people because even if you don’t think you’ll fit in with them, you never know until you try.

Study Sessions

You definitely have something in common with people in your classes. Join a study session or, better yet, organize one for yourself and your classmates. They’ll appreciate the effort and it will be a great way for everyone to learn and get to know one another at the same time.

Hang Out in Common Areas

If you’re doing homework that’s not too intense, try working on it in a common area within your dorm, apartment or other common areas on campus. For instance, when you’re bored, instead of lounging in your room with the door shut, why not invite someone to play a game in a common area?

Finally, try to be approachable, make eye contact and small talk when the opportunity arises, be yourself and, when in doubt, always smile!