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Starting University: look after your wellbeing

Published: 30 September 2019
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Welcome to the University of Southampton! Starting university can be a wonderful and exciting experience; however, it can also bring its own unique challenges. It's natural to feel nervous or overwhelmed during the first few weeks at university, and it can be a while before you feel like you've found your feet.

Our main advice is: take care of yourself. Looking after yourself both physically and emotionally is important in maintaining your wellbeing throughout this period of change. Set yourself simple goals such as:

  • getting into a regular sleep pattern
  • eating as healthily as you can
  • getting some exercise
  • leaving time to relax

This will help you to adjust to your new surroundings and start your year on a positive path. Being proactive and taking care will help to manage your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing, allowing you to enjoy your time at university.  

Enabling Services offers free workshops and groups, online resources, and self-help guides to give you the information and advice that you need to help look after your wellbeing.

If you’d like to talk to someone about how you’re feeling, you could come to the Student Support Drop-in for advice on a range of topics including mental health and wellbeing. You can also contact Enabling Services via our daily Live Chat or by phoning +44 (0)23 8059 7726. Student Life are available 24/7 - you can give them a call on +44 (0)23 8059 8180 or email

Student Minds offers some helpful advice, tips and tricks for managing your transition to university.  Visit this page for their Starting University Guide.

Young Minds provides further information about looking after yourself and some simple ideas that can make a big difference.  Visit this page for their Looking After Yourself Guide.

If you find yourself struggling, reach out to talk to someone.



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