Meet new people

Meet new people

Building your social network is key to enjoying your time in Melbourne

One of the hardest things about moving to a new country is leaving your family and friends behind. Building your social networks in Melbourne is a key ingredient to your overall experience, and one of the building blocks to success.

Meet new people

We’ve already talked about how to meet other students, but making friends outside of RMIT Training is also important. Meeting local people is the best way to immerse yourself in the Melbourne experience, and a perfect opportunity to learn about our culture and customs, as well as practising real English. It’s not always easy to meet local people, but we have a few tips for you.

  1. Think about the things you love doing. Maybe it’s photography, nature walks, skateboarding or painting. Whatever you’re interested in, Meetups has a group you can join. Being around people with common interests in the best way to make new friends.
  2. RMIT University has many different clubs and societies. Many of these clubs are free to join and it’s a great opportunity to get some insider tips from current uni students.
  3. Volunteer! Doing unpaid work in the community is one of the best ways to meet local people, practise English and you’ll feel great knowing that you are making a difference. Come and speak to the Student Experience team if you’d like to learn how to volunteer in Melbourne.
  4. Mundo Lingo is a weekly language exchange held in various bars around the city (you must be over 18). The idea is simple.  When you arrive, you are given a sticker to show which language(s) you speak. If you want to find someone who speaks English, French or whatever, just find someone who has that sticker and introduce yourself! Everyone’s there for the same reason, so it cuts out those uncomfortable moments.
10 January 2023


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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.