How to Make Friends in College

Written By Marc Lehman, Owner and Family Therapist at


Making friends in college can be tough. You’re in a new environment, surrounded by people you don’t know. But don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to make friends in college. Keep reading to find out how.

  1. Get involved on campus. There are tons of clubs and organizations at most colleges, so there’s sure to be something that interests you. Getting involved in extracurricular activities is a great way to meet people with similar interests. Joining a club or organization will also give you a chance to get to know people outside of your classes.


  1. Take the AirPods out—-when you walk around with them in you are missing every opportunity to connect—in the dining hall, in the elevator in your dorm, in class, at the gym…


  1. Attend campus events. Colleges always have something going on, whether it’s a guest speaker, a concert, or a sports game. Attending campus events is a great way to meet new people and have fun at the same time. Even if you don’t know anyone, just striking up a conversation with someone can help you make a new friend.


  1. Live in the dorms. If you’re living off-campus, it can be harder to meet people since you’re not constantly surrounded by them like you would be if you lived in the dorms. Living in the dorms gives you more opportunities to meet people and socialize. Plus, it’s a great way to save money on rent!


Keep in mind most students on your campus are also trying to meet other people.  Use the 1/2/3 simple way of interacting if you get socially shy.

1) take a deep breath and introduce yourself—‘Hey I am Marc–good to meet you’

2) Where are you from?

3) what year are you?

Everyone has answers to these 3 questions—you just need to ask…

Making friends in college doesn’t have to be difficult. There are plenty of ways to meet people and make lasting friendships. Just remember to get involved on campus, attend campus events, and live in the dorms (if possible). With these tips, you’ll be sure to make plenty of friends in no time!

Marc Lehman

Owner and Founder of U ARE HEARD LLC