“Nobody should feel isolated or lonely at University. Umii is tackling that by helping students to connect based on their interests.” I graduated from the University of Leeds in 2019 and if truth be told, I didn’t have the best experience. I didn’t click with my flatmates and being a joint honours student, meant I saw different people every day - making it difficult to grow close to anyone.
Struggling to meet people and make lasting friendships, I felt isolated and lonely. Not only was it a massive knock to my confidence, but it really took its toll on my mental health. So much so I nearly dropped out of University! A big part of how I felt was because there wasn’t an easy way for me to meet people outside of my accommodation and course. We do everything on our phones now; we order taxis, find relationships, even manage our bank accounts all without ever actually speaking tosomeone. So imagine walking up to someone in the Union to have a conversation... Not only do you need nerves of steel, it just doesn’t work like that.
After University, I spoke to other students and graduates and realised my experience wasn’tunique. Loads of people felt like I did. In fact, after delving deeper I learned almost half of the UK’s students admit to feelings of loneliness and it’s estimated 40% of all university dropouts are due to social factors.
That’s when I decided to found Umii, a socially acceptable alternative to help students introduce themselves to others at Uni. Whether you’re a new student wanting to connect with people ahead of term time or just looking to expand your circle, Umii connects students based on their course, societies and interests.
My uni experience is what made me so passionate about solving student loneliness. We all know that University is much more than the academic side - I don’t want anyone to have the same experience that I did. I want Umii to act as a preventative measure to isolation and loneliness, by giving students a place for lasting peer to peer relationships to be built.
Find out more about Umii and download the app here to start meeting other Queen Mary students.