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Coping with Homesickness

Published: 17 October 2019
Students in a halls kitchen

Going to university is a big step which often involves moving away from home - possibly for the first time - or maybe after a long break spending time with your friends and family. You might find that you are feeling homesick – here are a few tips to help you.



Firstly, it is important to recognise that feeling homesick is normal and happens to everyone at some point, regardless of what year of university you are in, whether you are a student from the UK or an international student.


Take a look at our online resources to help you cope with homesickness here. This useful booklet contains information about what homesickness is, strategies for helping yourself, and who you can talk to about how you're feeling.

Life is better with friends

Reach out to someone in your Halls of Residence or on your course and arrange plans with them, or phone someone at home so you can catch up. Or, why not join one of the University’s clubs and societies? There are over 300 to choose from, so you can find something you like and meet new people! Take a look at this webpage for more information.

Student Led Support Groups

You could book a space to come along to one of our Student Led Support Groups around 'Coping with Homesickness'.  These groups will provide an opportunity to have open conversation with your peers about your feelings around homesickness.  Each group is facilitated by a current student who understands the challenges University can create and will provide some ideas and techniques to help your wellbeing.

Our Coping with Homesickness groups are due to take place in the Wellbeing Centre, 28 University Road on:

  • Wednesday 27th November - 1pm - 2pm

These groups are limited in number to ensure that everyone who attends is able to speak if they wish to.  If you would like to attend, we ask you to pre-register for a session by emailing 

Other events

Alternatively, you could try one of the Faith and Reflection Centre's events such as Pasta Night or the Reflections Cafe. You don't need to have a faith to go to the Faith and Reflection Centre; you can visit there for a quiet moment in your day.

Talk to someone

Whether you’re in Halls of Residence or private accommodation, Student Life are available to talk to and they can help you to settle into university and signpost you to additional support if necessary.

If you have been struggling for a while, feel you are at a crisis point, or are even thinking about leaving the University, please talk to one of our trained advisors before you make any decisions.  They are there to advise you.  Come along to a Student Support drop-in, or the First Support team may be able to help.

You can find this information and more on our page dedicated to homesickness.



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