According to NUS 50-70% of UK students feel homesick in the first few weeks at university. Equally, some students may inititally feel adjusted for the first 4-6 weeks and get homesick when the "reality" of being at university sinks in. The information on this page is intended to provide general information and coping strategies. 


• Feeling teary

• Trouble sleeping

• Change in appetite

• Feeling nauseous and dizzy

• Lack of concentration

• Feeling depressed or anxious*

*this improves quickly when time spent at home

What to do:

  • Get involved, the students’ association has many clubs, societies and volunteering opportunities: It’s one of the best ways to meet friends and will keep you busy.
  • Give yourself some time to adjust and try to get into a routine.
  • Make your room your own and feel like home. Get nice bedding, hang up fairy lights, put up pictures of friends and family.
  • Stay in touch with friends and family but try to wait a few weeks before going home, instead ask them to visit you.
  • Don’t spend all your time on social media looking for news from home.  Try to get out and explore your new surroundings and share what’s new with you instead.
  • Look after your wellbeing by eating well and getting plenty of rest. Avoid drinking too much alcohol; it might have a negative impact on your mood.

Tried all of the above and still feeling homesick?

Come see an adviser at the Advice Centre to get 1 to 1 confidential advice and guidance.





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