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Living abroad: Beating homesickness

By BzAimee 16 Sep 2021

We understand that for some of you, it's not as simple as a quick trip back home to get rid of that homesick feeling.

But when home is across miles of water, several hours away, and requires various modes of transport to get there, it's important to keep in mind that you're not alone!

There are many others in your situation - and you'll get past it. 

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Let's take a look at how you overcome that homesick feeling:

  1. A taste of home
    Recreating your family recipes is a fun way to tackle the sadness of being away from home. Introduce these to your flatmates to help you feel at home in your new surroundings and bring you all together.
  2. Live healthily
    A healthy lifestyle leads to a healthy mind, and that is key to positivity! So go for a walk or for a gym session, and pick up some fresh food while you're out.
  3. Get snap happy
    You can't beat a friendly face in difficult times, so put up pictures of family and home friends in your room or on your screensavers to give you that smile you've been missing. 
  4. Leave your room
    Venture into communal areas to get to know your flatmates and feel more comfortable in your surroundings. Spend longer cooking dinner with your flatmes, go sit at the kitchen table, or take your laptop onto the sofa and chill. 
  5. Make friends with the British students
    Good friends will give you the support you need through good times and bad, and the new culture and language is sure to give you something else to concentrate on. 
  6. Get busy
    Try to accomplish something every day by setting goals. Go to the gym, finish a piece of coursework, read a book... Anything to stop you sitting doing nothing will make you feel less alone.
  7. Schedule calls
    Viber, Facetime, Skype or WeChat all work on wifi so there is no reason for you to lose contact with home. Time differences can make it difficult, so schedule calls in your free time and stick to them.
  8. Keep on top of things
    If you're struggling with your course make sure you talk to your lecturers or Student Support Services. You've made it this far which proves you're capable, so tell yourself, 'I can do this!'

Remember: It's natural to feel this way and you aren't alone.

Give these a go to help you with overcoming homesickness and embracing your time at university.