Managing Homesickness While at University

Friday 18 September 2020, First year

by Rebecca

Managing Homesickness While at University

When the buzz of Fresher’s Week dies down and Fresher’s Flu kicks in homesickness tends to launch a sneak attack. It’s something that happens to many students, not just first years, and it’s something than can be managed without ruining your Uni experience.
Try following these simple steps!
Keep in contact with family
It’s very easy to let your contact with family and friends from back home slide when you’re at Uni but with social media it’s incredibly easy now to stay in contact! Make sure to have a catch-up with your family and friends as often as you can, even if it’s just once a week. Send them a quick text or have a mammoth Facetime session and you never know how much better you’ll feel after!
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Keeping on top of your physical health massively affects your mental health. Eat well, exercise regularly, socialise regularly and get enough sleep and you’ll be much better equipped to deal with starting Uni and coping with homesickness.
Plan holidays early
If, like me, you have to catch a flight to get home then book it well in advance or similarly book train tickets so that you have something to look forward to. It can help a lot to know exactly when you’ll be going home next instead of having no plans to count down to!
Get to know yourself
Up until Uni your identity has mostly consisted of your school life and home life. Everything can be turned upside down when you move and sometimes people are unsure of who they are around new people. Set aside some time alone to get to know yourself and who you are without your family and friends and learn how to feel comfortable without the familiarities of home.
Seek help
If all else fails, make sure to seek help early. Most Universities have counselling in place to help students manage a range of issues including homesickness. You can also chat to new friends and tutors and they may be able to put your mind at rest. Most Uni students suffer from homesickness at some point during their studies. You are definitely not alone and there’s lots of help out there!


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