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5 tips for tackling homesickness at university

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Moving away from home for the first time can be scary, especially when you’re launched in at the deep end in university halls, with flatmates you don't know.  

Most of us will experience homesickness at some point in our lives. In fact, research shows that around 50-70% of new UK students suffer from homesickness to some extent when they first move away to university.

Feeling homesick is normal and to be expected, but if you’re finding it tough to combat the feeling of missing home, here are five top tips to help you battle through it:

1. Resist the temptation to have constant, daily contact with home.

Although you miss your family, spending hours on FaceTime will only make it worse, as it will result in you missing them even more. It can also take precious time away from making new friends (resulting in you feeling even more isolated). 

2. Even when it may seem difficult, try to keep yourself as busy as possible. 

Sign up to one of the societies or fresher’s events, say yes to that night out! This will take your mind off home and strengthen new friendships you have formed.

3. Wait it out.

This may seem easier said than done, but not going home at all for around 4-5 weeks can help completely kick the homesickness. It will allow you to get used to your newfound independence and will give you time to adjust to not having your family around all the time. At some point, you need to adapt to being independent and living away from home so, the sooner the better!

4. Decorate your room at university to make it more like your own.

Put up pictures on your notice board, add fairy lights and cushions to make your room feel more like home. This can instantly make you feel more comfortable and relaxed in your surroundings. Plus, who doesn’t want a cute and cosy room?

5. Finally, look after yourself.

Make sure you are eating and sleeping properly. It is recommended that you get at least 7 undisturbed hours of sleep a night so make sure you’re doing this. Eating healthy and getting sufficient exercise and sleep have been proven to help lift your mood, which will make the transition easier to cope with.

However, if your feelings of homesickness are severe and are not going away please consider talking to a counsellor or a friend about the issue. Don’t suffer in silence! 

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