Students’ Union societies are a great way to meet other students and there is only a small joining fee. Societies are actively encouraged to organise non-alcoholic, daytime events.
There are regular social events on campus organised by both the University and the Students’ Union:
When attending social events, you could check with the event organiser whether you can bring a non-student friend along for moral support.
- Sports clubs in Colchester and Southend are also a great place to meet like-minded individuals.
- For those who can’t commit to regular sports sessions, Just Play is a social sport programme which is based around getting active, making friends and having fun.
Becoming a course rep is a great way to engage with others on your course, as well as staff in your department.
- As a local student, you are likely to know the local area really well, and can help other students settle in and get to know the best places.
- Try and maintain strong social and support networks outside of university too.
- Commuting is a great way to stay close to family and friends, and allow some downtime from campus life; it may feel overwhelming sometimes, so this is important.