Student Ice Breakers

Five fabulous icebreakers!

“Getting to know you, getting to know all about you..!” Uni halls bring together students of all ages, all locations and from all walks of life. The first few days of getting to know your housemates can be tricky, so here are five fab icebreakers to help you to get the conversation flowing!

Fact or Fiction?

Each person in the group tells three ‘facts’ about themselves, two are true – one is not! The rest of the group has to vote if each ‘fact’ is true or not. You may be surprised which ones are true – it’s an interesting world out there!
*To make this task trickier, allow the group to ask questions before voting – its fun trying to catch someone out!

The If… Game

Create twenty ‘if’ questions, each written on a small piece of paper and placed in the centre of the group. Each person then selects a piece of paper and has to answer the question on it; this can lead to great conversations!

Example questions:

“If you could have any kind of pet, what would it be?” (Top points for anyone who says a hippogriff)
“If you could live in any period of history, when would it be?”
“If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you want to be stranded with?”

The Name Chase

Remember playing duck duck goose? This is very similar, and a lot funnier now that you’re adults! It’s a great way to learn everyone’s names and is very easy to play. Everyone sits in a circle, one person is ‘it’, they go around the outside of the group tapping each person’s head in turn and saying their name. Sound familiar? Then suddenly ‘it’ says the name of your room/hall/block/whatever instead of the person’s name! Arrggh! Now that person has to jump up and race ‘it’ round the group back to the gap they’ve left behind, whoever gets there last is the next ‘it’ and the game starts again.

The Story Game

One for the more creative of you out there.. One of you begins a story with an opening line, for example “Once upon a time, in a kingdom far far away..” or, you know, something more normal like “Last night I had a very strange dream..”, then each person takes turns to add an extra line to the story. The best bit about this game is it can go on for hours and hours, and usually gets really silly by the end!

The Rhyming Game

This is a good game to play around a table, maybe go for a group coffee date at the hub? One of you thinks of a word and says it out loud, going round in a circle each person needs to quickly think of a word that rhymes with the first word. If anyone takes too long to think of a rhyming word they are ‘out’, keep playing until you have a winner!