Whether you don't drink alcohol or choose not to drink regularly, meeting people and socialising at University can feel daunting.
Thanks to SOS-UK for their guest blog post.
Grab a coffee
"Do you want to grab a coffee?" is the new "do you want to go for a drink?" Even if your friends like to drink in the evening, they will be happy to grab lunch or a hot drink. Find cafes that offer extended opening times or evening entertainment
Did you know Bristol has great cafes that open later into the evening?
We have also have a list of TOP 5 coffee shops in Bristol recommended by fellow UWE students.
Spend time in communal spaces and leave your door open
Student nights don’t need to be the only place you can meet new people. Spend time in your communal areas (eat lunch in the kitchen; leave your bedroom door open when studying).
Take a class, join a society or play sport
A great way to expand your skillset, get fit or discover a new talent & an opportunity to meet like-minded students.
Chck out The UWE Move programme or the main student groups on offer through The Students’ Union at UWE.
Student life is so much more than getting drunk and you don’t need alcohol to meet new people, have fun and get the most out of your student experience.
It's not as obvious as you think
If you're happy to be in a bar or house party, be reassured that it is probably less obvious than you think that you are not drinking, or drinking less than others. 90% of students agreed that they enjoy socialising with those that don't drink (SOS Students and Alcohol Survey 2020-21).
Attend alcohol-free events
The Students’ Union at UWE and Student Life Team offer loads of amazing and alcohol free events for all students to enjoy.
Sit next to someone in lectures
Sit next to someone and strike up a conversation.
You can also check what available sports and societies The Students' Union has for you. It's a fantastic way to keep social and active while meeting new people who share your interests. You can also follow us on our Instagram account keep a track of upcoming events.