Dealing with Homesickness in Halls
For most students, coming to university is the moment when they can start living on their own for the first time. This, of course, can be stressful and can make you miss home. However, you shouldn’t despair because there are things you can do to make adapting to your new environment much easier.
1. Don't be scared to mingle
Isolating yourself is probably the worst thing you can do when you’re feeling homesick. People are social creatures and, while it may be daunting, talking to other people who are in the same boat will make you feel less lonely. Everyone’s getting to know new people during freshers, so don’t be afraid to approach someone and introduce yourself.
Make your room a reflection of who you are. Decorate however you’d like – the choice is yours (check out our Make Your Room Your Home article for some top tips). Don’t forget to put up pictures of your favourite people, be it family, friends or your dog, to make it feel more like home.
3. Keep in touch
Being in regular contact with your family and friends can help alleviate the feeling of homesickness. Set time aside at least once a week to talk to your family so that you can keep each other updated and you don’t feel like you’re missing out by not being physically there.
4. Keep yourself busy
If you find yourself only thinking about how much you miss home you’ll never fully experience university. Keep your mind busy by exercising or try a new hobby. The mind tends to wander when it is unoccupied, and while that may be useful when you’re trying to relax, that can leave room for unwanted thoughts and feelings. It might be difficult at first but they will disappear soon.
5. Let us know!
The residence life team is here to help you to settle in to university life. We run a wide variety of events and activities in halls to help you meet new people throughout the whole year. Come along and get involved! Chat to your Residential Advisers and let us know if you’re struggling, our highly trained team can help to ease your transition into student life and give you useful advice to make things more comfortable.
You can contact the Residence Life Team in your hall 24/7 on:
t: +44 (0)116 252 2428
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