It can be very challenging moving to a new country. However, our volunteers have got you covered by giving you some tips and tricks on making friends in Australia. There has been a lot of research on this and if you branch out and meet people outside your cultural group it will not only help you learn English but also meet some amazing Australians and people from all over the world.
1. Become a member of your student union!
Australia Institutions have a variety of different student union and groups which you can join. Many of our volunteers found life-long friends by attending events. Some institutions have specific groups for international students while other institutions have officers that specifically cater to international students.
2. Join any student clubs and societies that interest you!
Many institutions have student groups for specific interests from cultural groups or activities that you might have enjoyed in your own country. Joining groups is a great way to meet domestic students and expand your friend network. One suggestion to practice your English is to meet students that don’t speak the same language as you and therefore, you are forced to speak English.
3. Stay in Student Accommodations
Many of our volunteers stayed their first year at school in Student Accommodations. They suggest a great way meet friends is people that you spend the most time with including student accommodations.
Some of our volunteers have met some life long friends working at CISA as well as other organisations in their local community.
Why not spend some time outside the classroom with some people in your class. The best way to meet new people is after you work on a group project together, go grab dinner or see a movie with them!