Sparking up a relationship whilst studying in Australia

Studying abroad is a great way to develop a new relationship with that ‘special someone’. You may feel like you’re ready to share your journey and maybe even start a life with someone. 

If you study together, you’ve already got something in common and this could be a great chance to connect. However, you might want to go beyond the campus to meet Mr. or Ms. Right. 

Here are some cool places in Melbourne for meeting people; 

You’re overseas and now and it’s time to put your shyness aside and approach that person! There’s no harm in approaching someone to say hi and that you’re new to Melbourne. But be cool, don’t come across as ‘needy’ or desperate. Just express your true intensions, and if they say no, don’t be disheartened, just thank them for their time and move on. There are plenty more people out there who’ll appreciate you for you! At Ozford we say, just have fun and be yourself!  

Do remember though, not every approach will be successful and you may have heard the expression, ‘no means no’. This statement must be regarded as final, and if someone says ‘no’ to your advances, you must stop immediately and understand that this was just not meant to be.  

Look, we’ve all been there. Rejected in some way or another, and for the most part, it will hurt. But what you need to ask yourself is, “how would this relationship have fared if I was successful?” Chances are, the relationship will be short lived, you’ll have to undergo a painful breakup, and start all over again because you just weren’t compatible. Your match is out there, you just need to start chatting to people. 

In this modern day and age, dating apps have become common place to connect with people for romantic relationships.  

Here are some commonly used dating apps; HingeBumbleeHarmonyZoosk and Match.  

Importantly, your safety throughout the dating game should be at the forefront of your mind. Make sure that if you do spark up a relationship, be sure to tell someone close to you and advise them of your whereabouts.   

In addition, there are often taboos surrounding intimate relationships however, venereal diseases must be taken seriously when you become close with a partner and safe sex practices need be adhered to. This will reduce the risk of serious illness as well as prevent unplanned pregnancies. For more information, visit these Government sites; 

At Ozford, we support the health and general wellbeing of all students regardless of one’s circumstances, religious or social beliefs.  For anonymous and unbiased assistance, students are able to connect with Ozford’s Student Services