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HOW TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS IN MILAN AS AN OFF-SITE STUDENT

Feb 13, 2022 | Milan

Attending a university in Milan as a non-resident student allows you to become the protagonists of an exciting, engaging and full of growth opportunities. A moment of fundamental change that is often accompanied by many doubts, perplexities and fears.

For example, will it be easy to make new friends?

Playing sports and attending CUS

Let’s start by remembering that making friends in Milan as non-resident student is really very simple and that there is certainly no shortage of opportunities to share moments of fun and sociability.

One of the most striking examples is linked to sport, a true social glue. Milan offers the possibility of attending the CUS, the University Sports Centers, with dozens of different disciplines to continue (if you are already a sportsman) or to start (if you want to do some new recreational or competitive experience).

Take advantage of student residences

One of the simplest ways to make friends is certainly to take advantage of student residences, environments in which you will find other students in your conditions and in which it will be very easy to establish relationships with colleagues from your or other universities, coming from all over Italy and the world.

An unmissable opportunity to expand the circle of relationships and grow culturally thanks to the exchange that will ensue.

Meeting groups and Meetups

Another alternative for making quick and easy friends is that of meeting groups and Meetups (for these, however, there is a specific app, Meetup Online). As can be guessed, the meeting groups are born precisely with the aim of putting people who have the same interests in contact.

In Milan you can find many!

To volunteer

Volunteering is one of the most useful initiatives to make new friends because you will be able to make yourself useful for society by allocating a part of your time to others.

We know that the life of a non-resident student can be complicated, and that different commitments could give you the impression that you don’t have enough hours a week to volunteer.

However, try to carve out at least an hour: the benefits you will derive are really many.

Participate in student activities

Of course, one of the most profitable ways to make new friends in Milan is to participate in student activities organized by your university, student associations and other operators who are an integral part of your faculty. You can usually find them by asking at the secretariat or by reading the notice boards posted on the premises of your institution.

Join study groups or try to organize them

Study groups are not only useful for improving your level of education, but also for meeting new students with whom to prepare for the next exam.

Try asking in your classroom if there are any students interested in creating study groups, or if there is any study group already established that you can join.

Study in the library

The library is a place of study and silent training, but this does not mean that you cannot still take the opportunity to make contacts to be developed outside the halls.

Here, however, you will find with great ease not only your fellow students, but also other people from outside the University.

Attend classes to make new friends

Finally, it is clear that the simplest way to meet new friends is to attend classroom lessons. Doing so will allow you to forge immediate relationships with your seat neighbors.

Conclusions

In short, from these few lines you should have guessed that making friends as non-resident student in Milan is really very simple. Also keep in mind that all the students you see in the first year are in the same position as you!

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