Many students will suffer with homesickness but we're here to tell you that being homesick is ok and we believe you can get through it!

Moving out to uni is an exciting time but once you begin to settle in you may find that home feels very far away. Feeling homesick is far more common than you may think and coping with it can differ from student to student. We all deal with the same issues in different ways!

 

Symptoms of Homesickness

  • More than just missing home. Although the title ‘homesickness’ can seem very self explanatory, for many students this just isn’t the case.

  • It can cause nostalgia. This can make it hard to focus on uni work and also difficult to find the motivation to go out and socialise.

  • A change in behaviour. This can vary from a loss of appetite or a more intense feeling of emotions like sadness or anger. If there are any concerning symptoms then visit your GP or university counselling services for help.  They are there to help you any day of the week.

 

Understanding that it’s ok to be homesick

As we’ve mentioned previously, many students become homesick but it may not be as obvious as you may first think. People will feel different levels of homesickness compared to others and some students will deal with their homesickness better than others. This all varies from person to person so it is imperative to understand that if you feel homesick, there’s no need to compare how you're coping with others because everyone works differently.

 

Use university work and societies as a distraction

It can be hard to motivate yourself to go out but you will thank yourself once you're there! Just being in a different environment can change your mood for the better. Exploring new things can also make you realise that there is a lot of activity around you that you can be part of. For example, exercising can give you goals to focus on to take your mind off any worries. Joining a debating team or sports team can give you a group of friends to work with towards a common goal.

 

Talk to friends about how you feel

Talking about your worries can prevent you from losing sleep over them. Talking about what bothers you can really put in perspective how big the problem really is. Once you reveal how you truly feel about being away from home, you can then assess what your next steps should be.

 

Remember why you chose the uni and the course

Reminding yourself, or having others remind you, of the elements that made you choose your university and course can allow you to have fun while studying something you are passionate about. Having a friendly reminder about what you're interested in can also make studying a lot easier because you will enjoy learning more.

 

Talk to friends and family from your hometown.

This is a good way to keep the connection to the people who make the place ‘home’ for you. Setting a routine for when you call your friends and family can also give you something to look forward to and a schedule to keep to so you can fit all your work and social time into your weeks.

 

Do something you love to do at home

It is ok to feel nostalgic and doing something you normally do at home can be a good coping strategy when adapting to life living at uni. For example, baking or playing a certain video game and even taking a nice long walk in the nearby park can let you do something you love while being at uni.

 

Be brave!

It’s a new environment and a new crowd of people and it can take a long time to adapt to this. Some people adapt quicker than others but ultimately uni is about your academic development alongside your development into an independent person. It’s ok to step outside your comfort zone and it’s ok to struggle when you’re adapting.

 

Get outside your room

It is easy to stay in your room all the time but this can become a bubble that is hard to pop. Relaxing and working in the same space can cause higher levels of stress. Having an area to work that is different to the space you sleep and relax in can really help you out. Going out to social events or to exercise is a great way to achieve this.

 

Give it time

There is no need to rush and there is no need to feel that you should just ‘get over it’. Your recovery is up to you so don't worry if you are taking longer than you originally thought.

 

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