Friends Make The World Go Around

23 April 2020

Having a support network of friends is important for all of us.

Friends in a new country help us learn about our new home and the cultural differences you may experience. Friends can also support us when we need help with studies, are looking for somewhere new to go during free time, or are feeling a little homesick.

We know that making friends can be a bit daunting, so we have put together some ideas to to help you meet new people and make new friends.


Where to meet new people

The potential for meeting new people is limitless, but the best place to start is in class! You see your peers almost every day so they are the best source of information about your coursework, lecturers and anything else you want to know about studying in Perth at your institution. They will also be able to tell you about on-campus student network groups that you can join.

Other great ways to meet new people include:


Making conversation

Australians are fairly relaxed people, and they like to have a chat. Don’t be afraid to say hello!

Want to try out a few Australian phrases? Here are a few to get you started:

  • Arvo – Afternoon
  • Barbie – Barbeque (or grill)
  • Brekky – Breakfast
  • G’day – Hello
  • No worries – No problem / it’s ok
  • Stoked – Happy, pleased
  • Togs or bathers - swimmers

No matter where you go or what you say, use your interests to get the conversation started! Whether you like music, coffee, art, cooking, games or anything else, there is always something to talk about with people in Perth.

What are you waiting for… strike up a conversation today, and you’re well on your way to making a new friend!

Tag @studyperth on your Facebook, Instagram or Twitter posts and tell us how you met your newest friend in Perth.

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