Homesickness is a feeling of stress or anxiety that can come about as a result of being away from home and places that you know. Feeling homesick is totally normal and affects lots of first year students who are moving away from home for the first time. Rest assured that homesickness is usually very temporary.
It’s fair to say that it can be a lot to adjust to when leaving home and moving into Halls in a new city. Although it can be tempting to close yourself off, one of the best ways to tackle homesickness is to get stuck into as much as possible. At University there are so many new hobbies, clubs, sports and societies that you can try out and these are often the best way to meet likeminded people who share the same interests. Check out Daisy's blog on living in Halls, her experience and advice on making the most of your opportunities.
Be sure to go to the Welcome Fair during Welcome Week to see what’s on offer. If you miss out, don’t worry you can always take a look on the Guild’s website or Sport Liverpool to see what you can get stuck into. Societies and clubs are always welcoming of new members and you don’t need to worry about going alone as you’ll get to meet lots of new people when you join.
Getting out and about isn’t only important when socialising but when studying too. Try to mix up your study space and not stay in your room alone too much as this can be isolating. There are lots of places to study on campus and even in your Halls. On campus you have the libraries and cafés. In Halls you’ll have a dedicated study room or area but if you’re unsure, just ask your reception.
Another way to help settle feelings of homesickness is by making your new living space as comfortable as possible. It can be comforting to have some photos of friends and family and maybe some decorations from your room at home. Don’t worry if you didn’t bring anything as you won’t be short of shops to buy new decorations for your room in Liverpool. Also keep an eye out for plant sales, poster sales on campus. Check out our shopping in Liverpool recommendations.
If you find that feeling homesick impacts on your studies, social or personal life and become difficult to manage, it is important to reach out for support.
Your Residential Advisers offer support and guidance for students in Halls. RAs also offer an on-call emergency service through the night if you need to pick up the phone. Find out more about your Hall's RAs here.
The Health Assured team can also help. This is a free, confidential advice line available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (0800 028 3766). Health Assured also offer a translation service. Find out more about Health Assured and their My Healthy Advantage app here.
The University also offer a range of support services for students. If you feel you could benefit from some support, book an appointment online.
You can find other self-help resources here.
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