So, you’re starting your journey as an international student at Curtin University – how exciting! Not only will you be gaining an excellent education, but you’re also immersing yourself in a new culture, meeting people from all over the world and making memories to last a lifetime.
While the thought of making friends in Perth – known as Boorloo by the Whadjuk Nyungar people – might seem stressful at first, don’t worry! At Curtin, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to connect, socialise and create lasting friendships.
The Curtin community is also highly diverse, with a large number of students coming from overseas, meaning you’ll meet plenty of people who have also moved to a new country to study. Additionally, Curtin offers a host of support services that help to ensure you feel like you belong from the moment you arrive on campus.
Let’s explore some of the ways you can build connections and make friends during your time in Perth.
Join a club or sports team
Curtin has a vibrant campus life, full of social and sporting clubs, teams and associations that cater to a wide range of interests, so you can play a sport you love or learn a new skill while connecting with like-minded students.
The Curtin Student Guild offers a list of more than 100 clubs and societies featuring a diverse set of themes, including academic, international, cultural and special interests. From crochet to bubble tea, eSports and women in business, you’re sure to find something that appeals to you.
There are plenty of sports clubs to get involved with, too. Joining a competitive or social team allows you to bond over a shared interest. It’s also the perfect opportunity to try a sport beloved in Aussie culture, such as Australian Rules Football (AFL), rugby or cricket.
Don’t see a club that aligns with your interests? Start your own! Curtin provides support and advice for anyone starting a club, so you’ll have plenty of help.
Try volunteering: give back, gain friends
Volunteering is more than just a way to contribute to the community – it’s a great way to meet new people and make friends. Joining Curtin Volunteers! will introduce you to people who enjoy helping others while making the world a better place.
By volunteering for a cause that resonates with you, you’ll be instantly surrounded by others who share your values. This shared sense of purpose can act as a solid foundation for building connections and can lead to true friendships that last forever.
Curtin Volunteers! participates in activities all around Perth and the state of WA, contributing to the wellbeing of the local community.
Check out local events
From cultural festivals and workshops to movie nights and networking events, there’s no shortage of opportunities to mingle and make friends. Keep an eye on event listings and make the most of student life in Perth – you never know who you’ll meet!
Start the conversation
Starting a conversation might feel a bit scary, but it’s often the first step towards forming a new connection. Whether you’re at an event or waiting around between classes, a friendly chat can open doors to a new friendship.
To ease into a conversation, have a couple of icebreakers ready to go. Ask someone what they did over the weekend, get some recommendations for where to eat after class, or discuss shared experiences as international students.
Remember – many people are hoping to connect, so don’t be afraid to break the ice.
Make the most of technology
In today’s digital age, technology can be a powerful tool for making friends.
Keep your eyes peeled on Curtin’s online platforms to stay updated on services, initiatives and upcoming events through which you can meet new people. You can follow the official Curtin Facebook page and Instagram account, and check out the Events page on our website.
Your journey as an international student is a great adventure, made all the better by the people you meet and the friends you make. You’re not alone as you make the leap to studying in a new country. There are plenty of activities you can do at Curtin to help you connect with potential new friends.
Take advantage of the opportunities around you – from joining a club or volunteering to attending local events.