The way I made friends at University was going out and drinking with flatmates first, socialising on a night out. Though I don't know what the legal drinking age is in Australia, or the night life of Australians, given the UK is a binge drinking culture, going out clubbing is one of the done things.
That was only one way. I used to also talk to people in my classes/lectures, you would initially be talking about work related things and then end up slipping other information about yourself (or themselves) and you start getting to know each other.
But the big one for me was clubs & societies, pick something you like and enjoy and you'll find people who are more like-minded. When I went to the "Freshers Fair" at our university, looking at the different clubs and societies, I think I picked a few that sounded interesting and ended up going to their meets. One of them being the radio society, I walked in and knew absolutely nobody and so many people knew each other, it was daunting at first, because I didn't think I'd make friends with these people. Then I ended up getting quite heavily involved with doing the radio society and dragging friends I knew from lectures into it and I ended up making lots of new friends with it. As well as other societies I joined. It was great fun and had lots of interesting personalities. I met one of my best through uni and they were a part of the radio society and were doing the same course as me, but the year above.
I was the shy/reserved type at first, so you can be in your shell a bit, but I decided I would take the opportunity to enjoy myself and get involved and that's how I ended up making friends there and taking over the world. Being on of the socially awkward types, I know it can be a pain in the butt.
For some, the university experience becomes about finding yourself and understanding yourself because it coincides with your trip into adulthood and maturity. Although I've not really matured, I can just fake it well enough.
Damn the crazy Finnish and their throwing out so many talented metal singers (I'll forgive them for HIM and The Rasmus
). I love Northern Kings, a Finnish Symphonic/Power metal band that covers popular songs to make them...epic, made up of big Finnish metal bands, but there was one singer in there that I did not previously check out (obviously knew of Marco Hietala from Nightwish/Tarot and Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica, who're both very talented) but I decided to check out Jarkko Ahola.
Here he is in Northern Kings, covering Lionel Richie's Hello: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGn9RGx66uI
His own band (warning: partial nudity and Finnish language): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thcVdvDl3GI
Okay, he did some Ronnie James Dio, kinda cool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxC8tADZek8
His Nirvana ain't so bad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kw7UotHXFBY
Oh, he covered Adagio... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEf1b1Em2cA
And why not throw in some Nessun Dorma? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxVNOOi-ejs