Dealing With Homesickness When Moving To University
You’ve studied hard, you’ve got your results and your university place is secured! Finally, you can leave the family home behind and start your life of independence. The prospect of leaving home for the first time seems very exciting and most students can’t wait to fly the nest. However, although, many may never admit it, it’s also a daunting and scary time and no matter how tough you think you are, there will be times when you crave your old bed and mum’s home cooking.
It’s natural to get pangs of homesickness when you move away to university so here’s some helpful advice to help you cope better in your first few days.
Visit your chosen university town or city and familiarise yourself with the local area. Find out where the local shopping centre, cinema and most convenient supermarket is before you move there.
Take advantage of fresher’s week to get to know others and familiarise yourself with the campus so it won’t seem so daunting and alien in the first few days.
Learn To Cook
If you’re missing mum’s cottage pie then learn to cook it yourself. A taste of home cooked favourite dishes will help you feel more at home in your new digs. Learning to cook can also help you from wasting money on takeaways and pot noodles. Good food is also healthier, helping you get your daily quote of vitamins and avoiding colds and flu. Cooking together is also a great way for housemates to bond and form friendships.
Getting involved in clubs and societies is the easiest way to meet others and start making friends. A sporting activity will keep you busy, fit and raise your serotonin levels. Eating well and keeping active will go a long way to helping you feel upbeat and therefore less homesick.
Whether you start off in halls or move straight into rented accommodation, ensure you pack wisely so you will feel more comfortable and more at home. Essentials include:
- Favourite bedding, duvet and pillows
- Kitchen utensils and equipment
- Laundry bag or basket
- A mini fridge for your room
- Cookery books
- A lamp, posters, cushions and even fairy lights to string around your room, to make it look more cosy and help you feel at home.
- Teddy bear (be assured, everyone will have one!)
Finally, remember, your fellow students will be feeling the same as you, so talk to each other!
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