In order to manage the spread of coronavirus, it is possible that your university will place you into a social bubble when you start or return this academic year. These social bubbles may be created within your academic programme and in other areas of university life, such as halls of residence. This article will cover some of the potential advantages of social bubbles for you, and offer tips on how to make the most of the experience and avoid some of the potential downsides.
A social bubble at university is a small group of students that you live with and/or that are studying on the same course.
There will be many potential advantages to being part of a social bubble, including:
- An opportunity to get to know a small number of people really well
- It can help support you with your academic work
- It might help you feel more confident that your health and safety are being protected.
However, there may also be some issues that need to be managed, including:
- There might be disagreements within the group
- There may be differences in expectation about how the group should function socially and practically
- It may be difficult, if you find you do not get on well, or have different interests to the people in your bubble
- It might feel a bit intense at times – you might miss spending time with other people or time on your own or find being part of the group makes you feel anxious