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Maintaining long distance friendships at university



It can be tough saying goodbye to your friends when you go to uni. It’s likely some of you will be going to different parts of the country, others will be staying in your home town, and you may even have one or two going abroad. But it’s not the end of the world, you’ll be sure to see them during weekends home and holidays.

It might seem like a long time, but there are plenty of ways you can maintain those long distance friendships during your time apart.

Balance the contact

Skype, FaceTime, Messenger and WhatsApp will all help you stay in touch with your old friends. Isn’t technology great?! But make sure you don’t bombard them with messages and phone calls all the time. They, and you, will want to be getting out there and making new friends. Checking in on them every so often is good enough; they’ll be glad you’re taking an interest.

Exciting plans

When you’re all home for the holidays, make some plans to meet up. It could just be for a drink or a meal out, or maybe you’ll plan something a little more exciting like a weekend away. Whatever it is, take the time to catch up and find out a bit more about what you’ve all been doing.

Quirky ways to stay in touch

Sure, you can keep in touch just by your phone, but maybe you want to try something a bit more unique? You could start a long distance book club, do challenges, or send ‘care packages’ (a little parcel with useful items) to each other every once in a while.

Visit each other

It sounds fairly obvious, try visiting each other during term time occasionally. You’ll be able to explore each other’s university towns, meet their new friends, and get to know a bit more about where they are. And that friend who’s studying in Europe? Well, that’s an easy, cheap holiday!


Remember that at every stage of life, you’ll be making new friends, and your friends will also be making new friends. It can be difficult not to get jealous when your friend gets close to someone else, but it’s all part of life. Enjoy the new friends you make, and make an effort to keep the old ones too.

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