Do you have to live on campus to make friends?

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RussianBot1101

The following is based on my own experience as a freshman 2 years ago (before the pandemic), so it won't apply to many/all people.


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swingfire23

Look, you're definitely in a tough situation. I'm not going to pretend Freshman and Sophomore years aren't the prime friend-making years, and a lot of those friendships form in the dorms during the afternoon/evening hours when people are just hanging around, going to parties, etc. But one of the groomsmen in my wedding this year is a guy I didn't meet until the very end of Junior year who lived in the apartment building that I lived in. We never had any classes or shared activities together. You're not doomed to have no friends. Another of my best friends is someone I met in a club Junior year as well.


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losingdogs18

To echo everyone else: join clubs! Pretty much my whole social life at NU my last three years has revolved around my extracurriculars. One thing I wanted to push back on is that you’re possibly “behind” in building a social circle. I got lucky and met my freshmen year besties in my dorm right after WW, but by junior year none of them were in my life anymore. everyone i hang out with now are people I met junior year. My current NU best friend I became friends with sophomore year because I sat next to her in a huge lecture hall randomly one day and we were sort of acquainted.


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miker3107

I was at home last year for online classes so I'm in a similar boat, not knowing many people going into it this year. I'm hoping friends/groups will come naturally through the classes I'm taking.


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yerrrrik

Come to campus these next couple weeks freshman and sophomores will be socializing and partying for sure


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b1zt_mcha31

i am a sophmore off campus too and i can say without a doubt living off campus is way better. just go meet people there are always things to do


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uhhhhjd

Well, if you’re ever on campus and just want someone to study with I’d be down for that! I am a 5th year senior due to time off for work and my friends all graduated, so we are in the same boat. Also, my girlfriend doesn’t go to NU either so I feel your pain


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foozballguy

Most of my close friends were made in the dorms but that doesn't mean you need to live in the dorms. If you have a friend or make a friend who lives in the dorm, maybe go with them and spend time in the dorms and meet their friends. I have a friend who was a commuting student who did that, he would hang out in our dorm a lot before driving home so he basically became a part of our circle. I also made quite a few friends who didn't live in my dorm -- I'd spend a lot of time at their dorm.


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thechiefmaster

Rogers Park was where like, grad students and older people like post docs lived, not undergrads :/