Moving schools can seem scary at the time. I know this because I’ve moved schools, cities and states during my many years in the education system. For some people, it’s a tough thing to do, for others it’s a relief. No matter what your circumstance, being the ‘new kid’ at school has its challenges.

If you’re moving schools in any way, have no fear! Here’s how to survive the move.


Take the chance

Every time I’ve moved I’ve tried to see it as a chance to re-invent myself. Seeing your move as an opportunity to start off on a different foot can make all the difference. The face no one may know you can be a bad thing, however, it’s a good chance to shed old habits and restart on a good note.

Support yourself

If you end up having a tough time moving schools, it’s important to have support structures in place. This could mean talking to your parents about your worries or maybe some old friends. It’s good to have people you can depend on to listen to you and love you through the transition period. I know it can seem a little lame to talk to your parents about your feelings but if you can, maybe you’ll be surprised at how helpful it is.

Get involved

One of the fastest ways to make friends is to get involved in what activities they offer. If your school has clubs, sports teams, bands or musicals consider joining them! Choose one that is interesting to you, it’ll help you meet like-minded people. Because these activities are more team-orientated than the classroom, it cultivates friendships better.

Disregard the ladder

Something that I regret about high school is the amount of time and effort I put into popularity. There’s nothing wrong with having a lot of friends, but there is a problem when you’re not yourself. Putting more effort into loving and supporting your new friends and classmates is far more valuable than how ‘cool’ you are.

Be nice

At the end of the day, being nice will go a long way. Try and be the type of person you’d want to be friends with! I’m sure it’s someone dependable, kind and thoughtful! Being the person you’d want to be friends with will also attract those kinds of people, so it’s a win-win.


Changing schools is never easy but it’s so important to keep going. I hated my school so much when I first got there. I cried every day after school. Now I look back at the friends I made and the memories we shared and I truly am grateful I got to go there. As you get used to moving, it becomes easier and easier. Don’t let past experiences hold you back.

We have some other posts on surviving school as an introvert and starting conversations with strangers. If you’re nervous about some of these things, give them a read!

I wish you all the luck in the world if you’re changing schools. If you have any specific questions, you can leave them in the comments.

Good luck!