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Many students suffer with homesickness when they first start University, even the ones who seem as if they are having an awesome time. It’s not sad or weird, it’s normal.? 


Quite often, these feelings fade after the first few weeks, but here are a few ‘settling in’ tips. 


  • Join a club or society. This is one of the best ways to meet new friends and will keep your mind off feeling homesick. 

  • Be realistic and do not expect too much from university life. Not everything falls into place at first, so give it a bit of time.

  • Stay in touch with your friends and family. Skype is a great, free way to keep in touch with your family, but a quick text message works just as well.

  • Equally, do not spend all your time trawling social media for news from home. Your time at uni is short in the grand scheme of things, so try to live in the here and now.

  • Look after yourself by sleeping and eating well. Try not to drink too much, as this can have a negative impact on your mood. 

  • If you are going home during the Christmas break – it is only a matter of weeks before you will be back with your family and friends. It is probably then that you will truly appreciate the freedom of being at University and the homesickness will fade! 

  • If you really cannot shake the feeling and want to chat, come and see one of our Advisors or the University’s Counselling Service, who offer one to one support.