Building a social life

Making friends is a big part of settling in. During your time in Utrecht Right, you probably want to meet people and expand your social circle. In this section, we offer some suggestions to help you on your way.

1. Learn the language

One of the best things about living abroad is that you get an opportunity to learn a new language. Learning Dutch or improving your English is a great way to meet people and make friends. Local people will appreciate the effort you are making to speak their language. It will definitely make you feel more at home and is essential if you want to become part of the culture. By speaking the language, you can better understand Dutch habits and it certainly makes life easier when looking for employment. Whether it is enrolling in a language course, using apps or visiting relevant websites, there are plenty of free and paid opportunities to learn Dutch.

2. Attend events

One of the best things about living abroad is that you get an opportunity to learn a new language. Learning Dutch or improving your English is a great way to meet people and make friends. Local people will appreciate the effort you are making to speak their language. It will definitely make you feel more at home and is essential if you want to become part of the culture. By speaking the language, you can better understand Dutch habits and it certainly makes life easier when looking for employment. Whether it is enrolling in a language course, using apps or visiting relevant websites, there are plenty of free and paid opportunities to learn Dutch.

3. Join a sports team or workshop

Do you like playing tennis or football? Or how about taking part in theatre or dance? Participating in activities that you would do in your own country can make you feel much more at home. It is also the perfect way to build friendships. And you will also meet a lot of Dutch people. The Dutch like their sports and find it important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Some sports even have special moments for socialising, called ‘the third half’, in which you share a drink with your teammates.

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