Tips for Meeting New People


Pass on these tips to your friend who is having trouble adjusting to CU. Meeting new people in college is great ways find ones place on campus.

  • Join clubs and groups. Try a group relating to your interests or passions. This is a great way to meet new people with similar interests and get to know on a personal level. If you are joining late, don't worry! Most groups will be very happy to show you around.
  • Participate in sports or some other activities. Sports are a great way to meet new people because you all have a common goal. Most of the time your team turns into family. If you don't like the stress of intercollegiate sports, you can go into inter-murals. If you are not athletic, try going into something like theatre, music or painting.
  • Go to events. There are usually sports events, poetry readings, concerts, art shows, dances, contests, or other events around campus. Asking people about local events is a useful conversation starter.
  • Talk to people. Ask people who take classes with you questions about the material covered. Even if you don't have a question, classwork is a great icebreaker. Other great conversation starters are upcoming events and holidays/vacations, sports, food, music, etc. State the obvious too. For example, when you are eating, you talk about food and if you hear music, you automatically talk about music.
  • Don't do your homework in your room or apartment. Try studying somewhere open and social such as a lounge or common area or outside. When you must be in your room for studying, leave the door open—people will approach you in time.
  • Go to parties/social events. These will be scary at first, but eventually, you will find your groove. College is about having a good time (as well as getting your degree) so have some fun! If you are not the type to go to the big parties, try going to a school or community dance.  
  • Get a job! Often, finding a position will allow you to form common bonds with your coworkers which could reward you with new friendships, and a little spending money.
  • Sign up for electives. Try taking a class that is related to something you are interested in. Classes that have a lot of discussion, group work and coursework will require interacting with new people—while is a great way to make new friends!
  • Go out in the Boulder community. Check out bowling, festivals, fairs, local shows and concerts, and the mall, such as Pearl Street or 28th street mall. This is a great way to meet people of all ages, not just college students.
  • Get connected. Social media can be a great start for real friends in college—especially for shy people. Join online campus groups with common interests.  
  • Grab someone and a meal. Invite people to eat an informal meal at the cafeteria. It's convenient, fosters conversation, and everybody has to eat!
  • Start a Network. Introduce people you've met to other people and ask to meet your friends' friends. The more people you meet, the greater your chances of finding the few who will become your closest friends.
  • Keep your room door open when you're in and don't mind being disturbed – you'll be welcoming conversation and your hallmates will be glad to stop by.
  • Don't give up. The transition from being with close friends, siblings, and parents to a new environment might be difficult. Remember that once you have a degree major and are done with your general classes, you'll find several people who have a similar schedule. This eases the friend-making process. Making friends always takes time, which is something that all people experience in a new setting.