Mental Health Awareness week: Connect

Best ways to meet new people at Uni!

by Will Chapman, Senior Resident in North Village

Connecting with new people can seem like a bit of a minefield, but meeting new people, or forming closer connections with current acquaintances, can bring fantastic benefits for your wellbeing. In this post, we highlight some activities that can be done in and around Bristol that can facilitate connection: 

Join a society

Societies are a great way to connect with a broad range of people that share at least one thing in common. Whether it be an artistic or dance society, to sports like netball, rugby, rowing (or even Quidditch!), there is something for everyone. Most sports societies have a mixture of skill levels, so if you want to compete or just play for fun, you will find some like-minded enthusiasts to practice with.

Take a class

Bristol is full of alternative activities to learn and new hobbies to pick up. From Irish dance to life drawing, Hamilton House in Stokes Croft is a community centre like no other. Bristol is also proudly home to the UK’s highest number of circus companies including Circomedia and Cirque Bijou, with a hidden world of contemporary circus performances to discover, and run classes for all abilities.

Bike around Bristol

Bristol has many cycle paths that can be used to safely navigate the vibrant concrete jungle and surrounding countryside that Bristol has to offer. This includes Ashton Court, which has mountain bike trails and is just over the suspension bridge, and the famous Bristol to Bath cycle path. No bike? Renting a bike for the day can be done many locations.

Closer to home

The chapel at Wills Hall in North Village will hold an “Oasis” session, every Wednesday for the next few weeks. This is a place where you can enjoy some silence with up to 6 other people. If you wish to get outside, do not forget the downs offers a great place to have a picnic.

Group activities

Sometimes, plunging into an activity that you wouldn’t normally do can spark you to join a new community, including one that may even be outside the university bubble. When done as a group, you can save costs and helps you to connect. Check out Whistle Punks axe throwing, go-karting, a short train ride away and the many climbing centres that Bristol has.

To find out what else you can involved with, check out the UoB What’s on pages!

Get involved with ResiLife’s Cycle tours and Stand up paddle boarding sessions starting soon, tickets available on the UoB online shop using password R3S1L!FE

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