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Finding Friends

Some tips to help you in those first few weeks and months at uni
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A few ways to get started:


Meeting new people and finding friends is something that everyone has worried about when they start uni. Not everyone meets their BFF in the first few days, it takes time and you might need to put yourself out in situations to find your tribe. 

Here's a few ways we can help take the pressure off and find opportunities to meet other BCU students...

Our Big Welcome includes a series of events from Sunday 10th September, through into October. Including trips around Birmingham and beyond (at discounted costs), free events, events on campus events and Freshers Fest events.

Going to an event solo can be nerve-racking, so we've got a team of student staff ready to welcome you before an event starts. 

Our Big Welcome events will be announced very soon, and tickets available from September. Make sure you sign-up to our mailing list to ensure you're the first to know What's On.

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You don't need to wait until you're on campus to meet people. Join our online groups before term starts... 

Join on What's App

Join on Facebook

If you're staying in BCU student accommodation this year, we've set up some groups to help you find your flatmates or people staying in the same block as you...

Uni Locks group chat

Staniforth House group chat

Jennens Court group chat

Bagot St group chat

The Heights group chat

Lakeside group chat

Belgrave View group chat

Queen's Hospital Close group chat

Bentley House group chat

If you're interested in partying at uni, our Freshers Fest is the ultimate experience. Our promoter works with the biggest venues and best nightclubs in the city so you can get a taste of Brum's nightlife. 

If you're unsure whether partying is for you, this is a good chance to try, our Freshers Fest is the only official events for BCU students, so you'll only be with other BCU students. 

Don't miss out, our line-up will be announced soon, sign-up to hear about it first

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We have nearly 100 societies for you to join, from Kpop Dance Society to Rock Climbing and everything in between. Getting involved in societies is another way for you to find friends but also to learn a new hobby, develop your skills or practice your faith. 

Meet societies in person at our Big Welcome Fair on Wednesday 13th September. Don't forget - you can join a society at any time in the year, not just September!

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If you have a protected characteristic (BAME, Woman, LGBTQ+, Neurodiverse), you can join our Campaign & Representation Societies. These act as a safe space for underrepresented groups and are a great way meet people within your community. These societies are free to join and you could even run one yourself.

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