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29 September 2023

Coping with Homesickness in University Accommodation

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Starting university is an exciting and transformative experience. You’re embarking on a journey of independence, new friendships, and academic growth. However, it’s common to feel a wave of homesickness when you first move into university accommodation, here at McComb Students   we want you to know that your not alone. This emotional challenge is something many students face, but it’s important to remember that you can overcome it.

Here are some tips to help you deal with homesickness while living in university accommodation:

  1. Acknowledge Your Feelings: It’s completely normal to miss the familiarity of home, family, and friends. Accepting and acknowledging your feelings is the first step toward dealing with homesickness. Understand that it’s okay to feel this way, and many others are going through the same emotions.
  2. Create a Familiar Space: Personalise your university accommodation with items from home. Bring photos, blankets, or other mementos that remind you of your loved ones. This will help you feel more comfortable and connected to your roots.
  3. Stay Connected: Thanks to technology, staying connected with loved ones is easier than ever. Schedule regular video calls or phone chats with family and friends. This will give you a sense of closeness, even when you’re physically distant.
  4. Make New Connections: One of the best ways to combat homesickness is by forming new bonds. Attend McComb Students  events, join clubs, or engage in group activities on campus. Building friendships will help create a support network that can ease your transition.
  5. Explore Your Surroundings: Familiarise yourself with your new surroundings. Take walks, explore the local area, and discover interesting places. The more you explore, the more you’ll feel like you belong in your new home away from home.
  6. Establish a Routine: Creating a daily routine can provide a sense of stability. Schedule your classes, study sessions, and leisure time in a way that suits you. Having a structured day can reduce feelings of loneliness and disorientation.
  7. Seek Support: Most universities have counselling services or support groups for students dealing with homesickness. Don’t hesitate to reach out to these resources if you’re struggling. Talking to a counsellor or a peer who understands what you’re going through can be incredibly helpful.
  8. Focus on Self-Care: Take care of your physical and emotional well-being. Get enough sleep, eat nutritious meals, and exercise regularly. Engaging in self-care practices can boost your mood and overall resilience.
  9. Set Goals and Embrace Change: Remember that you’re at university to learn and grow. Set academic and personal goals for yourself, and embrace the opportunities for personal development that this experience offers. As you achieve your goals, you’ll build confidence and a sense of belonging.
  10. Stay Positive: Keep a positive mindset. Focus on the exciting opportunities ahead and the chance to learn, explore, and become more independent. Visualise your long-term goals and remind yourself why you chose to attend university.

Homesickness is a temporary challenge that many students face during their transition to university life. By acknowledging your feelings and taking proactive steps to address them, you can make the most of this transformative period and create a fulfilling college experience. Over time, you’ll likely find that the connections you make and the growth you experience will help alleviate homesickness and make university accommodation feel like a second home.

By Sophie Stevens

Lettings Manager

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