Many mature students are worried that they may struggle to make friends at university or that they may be the only mature student on their course.

Our student community is large and diverse. It is best if you give yourself time and take advantage of the many opportunities to meet new people that you will have.

If family commitments make it difficult to meet other students outside class you can use the university and student union forums and facebook pages to make and keep in touch with your new friends.

You can also make new friends before term starts.