Overcoming homesickness at University

One of our writers shares their top tips for overcoming homesickness.

Matilda Daley
18th October 2022
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The long days of heat and sunshine are over and the new autumn term has begun. Newcastle’s trees are beginning to don their leafy amber coats and the days are slowly getting frostier. The transition to university is not easy and the shock of October drizzle and darker nights does not make it any easier. However, it is important to remember that whether you’ve moved away from home for the first time or you are a returning student, homesickness is a completely normal emotion. It can be hard at first to adjust to a new environment and routine so here are a few tips that should help you find it easier to settle in.

1. Stay busy. Not only will staying busy will help keep those negative thoughts at bay, it is a great opportunity to throw yourself into university life, exploring what Newcastle has to offer and meeting other likeminded students.

2. Be honest with your emotions. Bottling up your feelings is never good. Find a friend or flatmate whom you feel comfortable with and share your thoughts or worries. Most students will be able to relate to missing home so you’ll probably find some comfort in knowing you’re not alone.

3. Have a good work/life balance. Finding a good balance between your studies and social life is important in maintaining your happiness. Though university is important, make sure to go out and enjoy yourself. There’s plenty of societies to join and many places in and around campus to explore. From bouncing bars and clubs to galleries and cosy coffee shops; there’s something for everyone.

Though university is important, make sure to go out and enjoy yourself.

4. Keep in touch with home. Though it may bring forward tears or unwanted emotions, chatting with loved ones or friends at home should help to ease feelings of homesickness. FaceTime those who you miss or ring them and fill them in on your day/week. If you’ve got a pet at home, get someone to give you photo updates. A little bit of cuteness will be sure to put a smile on your face.

5. Look after yourself. When things are hard it is important to be kind to your mind and body. A long soak in a bubble bath or curling up with hot chocolate and an exciting film are ways that can help you to relax and unwind. Yoga and meditation are also good ways to clear your mind. Something as simple as going for a walk or run whilst listening to your favourite music can do you a world of good. Newcastle has a number of green spaces in and around the city centre and an escape into nature can be a good way to aid relaxation and rejuvenation.

Look after yourself.

Remember, it takes time to settle in and get used to your new routine. Don't be too hard on yourself and look after yourself the best that you can.

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