You don’t need to be alone to feel lonely.

Even when you are surrounded by people, you can feel you are alone. College is an opportunity to expand your support network and friend groups and each person may go about this differently.

Transition support

Orientation programs help you learn more about what to expect at college, and help you meet new people. There are opportunities to meet others in your specific program or those who have similar interests and hobbies. Be sure to visit Durham College’s (DC) Orientation webpage to learn more about these events.

Get involved

There are many different groups on campus which range from general interests, hobbies, spirituality, passions and so much more! Not only is this a great way to build soft skills for your resumé, but this is also a super way to meet other like-minded students. Visit the DC Get Involved webpage to do just that!

Self-help tips

  • Make a list of the people you have that you can talk to (they don’t need to be living close to you).
  • Reach out to someone in your classes – a smile or simple “hello” can be all it takes.
  • Find a hobby or something you enjoy doing when you are alone.
  • Look for ways you can be involved in small or larger group activities.
  • Remind yourself that many students on campus are also lonely and looking for friends.

Where to seek help

  • Aboriginal Student Centre.
  • Athletics department.
  • Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC).
  • Coaching and Support Centre.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Office.