I'm doing a PhD in Social Sciences and I tend to study at home or in the library. I meet up my supervisors every eight weeks. There aren't many full time postgrads in my department, but a couple of us do meet up every other week or so. The upshot is I feel socially isolated. I attend some of the uni events and public lectures plus I'm a student representative on university committees. The union is very inactive - so not much happening there. I have some existing friends from pre-PhD, but I'd really like to broaden my social circle. Any ideas?
There's meetup.com, which may have some groups of interest to you in your location. The best thing is to go to a few different events, with different groups, and see if there's any people you click with; you could then make separate plans (coffee, pub etc) with them. The same is true for uni events; I think they don't constitute a social life in themselves but following up on interesting acquaintances from these events can produce friendships.
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