Handling Homesickness at Uni

Feeling homesick at university is normal and almost everyone gets it at some point.

You might have been counting down the days to start university, but feel nervous and homesick now that you’re here. Feeling like this is completely normal, and we’ve got some great tips on how to get by…

We’ve all heard of Festival Blues; the feeling of nostalgic longing following a great weekend spent partying with friends, but what about the lesser known Fresher Blues? The move to university can be a daunting experience and can feel really lonely and overwhelming at times, leading to feelings of downheartedness and simply wanting to go home.

What’s important to remember is that feeling this way is completely normal and is in fact very common among students. Statistics from the NUS show that around 70% of new students experience feeling homesick during their first few weeks of university, but there are many things that can be done to combat these feelings and start making the most of the best few years of your life…

Make a home from home

Home comforts shouldn’t be underestimated when it comes to tackling homesickness. Simple things like decorating your new room with things from your house can really help to make you start feeling at home in your new surroundings.

Establish A Routine

Forming a daily or weekly routine can make your new life begin to feel more permanent, settling any feelings of anxiety or uneasiness. From setting an alarm every morning to delegating a day for food shopping, adding permanence to your new living situation will really help to make it start feeling “normal”.

Keep Yourself Busy

If you’re feeling shy or homesick, it can be really tempting to shut yourself away in your room and pretend that your new life doesn’t exist, but try not to give into this temptation. In the long run, this will simply cause you to feel more isolated by preventing you from meeting new people and trying new things. Be adventurous, dare to go to that uni event or club night, you never know what might happen if you do!

Be realistic about relationships

Unfortunately, it is a commonly made Fresher error to believe that the first few friends you make will be your new BBFs, and usually this isn’t the case. This may leave you feeling lonely and unsupported, which will inevitably lead to increased feelings of homesickness, but don’t worry if you don’t seem to be making friends right away. You definitely will make some great friends at uni, many of whom will remain friends for life. You’ll probably find that your more true and permanent friends are people studying the same course as you, and you still have all of that to look forward to.

Join Clubs and Societies

Gone are the days of having to choose between dance class or football club. The great news is that, unlike schools and colleges, most universities have a society or club for pretty much every interest or hobby, no matter how niche. So, whether you’re a hockey player or Harry Potter fanatic, comic book fan or passionate environmentalist, there is definitely a club or society for you, so join it! Not only is this a great way to keep your hobby or interest alive whilst at uni, it’s a sure-fire way to meet new, likeminded people and make some new friends in the process.

Hopefully these tips have helped to ease your nerves and allow you to start overcoming your homesickness. If you need any further help with settling in, head to CCCU’s student support, health and wellbeing page for more advice and guidance or check out this helpful CCCU Student Vlog…

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