1. Use local businesses

shop open sign

Many local independent businesses act as a community hub. From bookshops and cafes to craft shops and sports shops, over time many of these places become establishments within the town or city.

By using these shops as opposed to large chains, university students will likely enjoy a more personalised and authentic experience. It doesn’t have to mean spending money either, many such shops put on community events including everything from book clubs to workshops.

Action: Consider providing freshers with a ‘welcome to the area’ handbook when they arrive. Here you could list nearby useful facilities and share relevant details.