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26/10/2023

Homesickness at University: Advice

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At University, you may be feeling stress or anxiety around moving away from your friends and family – this is often referred to as Homesickness.

What is Homesickness?

Homesickness is literally in the word, generally feeling anxious and uneasy over the feeling of missing home. It is common for students to feel homesick in parts during the academic year, as you adjust to your new study schedule, being away from your loved ones in pursuit of this new adventure in higher education at University.

Luckily, homesickness tends to hit when you first start university after the craziness of Freshers Week has died down and you’re settling into your student routine. It does phase out when you become more confident in your new environment and embrace uni life. Others living in your student accommodation and on your course will also be feeling the same so the best thing to do is to confined in them and speak on your concerns.

What are the symptoms of Homesickness?

  • Overthinking your current situation, in this case University
  • Trouble sleeping and lack of quality sleep
  • Feeling withdrawn, anxious or overwhelmed
  • Isolating yourself from others around you
  • Lack of appetite and concentration life
  • Disengaging from your social life and experiencing feelings of anger

How to overcome Homesickness

Whilst you may feel like you’re in a rut feeling homesick, it is important to take everything in your stride and try to embrace this new life. It may be difficult at times, your first language may not be English if you’re an international student studying in the U.K, you will miss home comforts such as your friends and families words of affirmation and warmth, as well as your favourite home cooked meals and your siblings annoying you!

A major part of overcoming homesickness is to recognise the freedoms and independence you have on this solo journey, you will meet new people along the way that will become your university family. Missing familiar surroundings will soon be filled with new memories at university.

  • Join a society at university for social opportunities
  • Stay connected with your loved ones
  • Make your space home
  • Explore your new surroundings
  • Get involved in student life
  • Practice self care and put your mental health first

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