Homesickness at University


Starting University is a big transition for everyone. It is normal to feel homesick when you come to University whether you’ve come from the other side of the world or half an hour down the road. Even those who never expected to experience homesickness can find themselves missing home at some point of their University experience. There are two important tasks involved in starting University, leaving familiar things and adapting to new things. Everyone is in the same boat when moving away from home, it’s always nice to know you are not the only one.

What is it all about?

‌How you will feel if you are homesick

  • Loneliness
  • Sadness
  • Confusion
  • Fear
  • Doubt

Symptoms of homesickness

  • Crying
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty sleeping 
  • Unpredictable waves of emotion
  • Hard to concentrate
  • Dizziness
  • Severe headaches

When is it likely to occur?

Homesickness can occur at different points of your student experience, and everyone will experience it differently.
When something is happening at home, and you feel excluded

  • Reality kicks in after ‘Freshers’
  • When you are feeling unwell
  • If everyone in your shared accommodation/ group of friends go home
  • When budgeting is difficult, and you have to deal with paying bills, which normally parents deal with
  • When you return after the Christmas break

Practical advice & tips

What you can do to reduce feeling homesick

•Personalise your new room.
•Get involved and keep yourself busy by joining a society or look elsewhere in the city to get involved in activities that you enjoy. (Link to Students union, what’s Swansea)
•Try something new.
•Be realistic, don’t put yourself under too much pressure.
•Keep in good contact with people from home but also give yourself time to get involved at University. There are plenty of ways to communicate with your loved ones at home. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and tell them how you are feeling.
•If you are finding your course difficult, contact your personal tutor for advice
•Try to have a routine. The busier your days are the less time you have to think about being homesick.
•Remind yourself that it is normal to feel homesick and the majority of people around you will be feeling the same. Share how you are feeling with your house mates- you never know they might have tips on how to help!
•Make sure you exercise- this is a great way to boost your mood. There are many different exercise classes you can attend as well as sports clubs. (Link to sports centre)
•Understand that you can be feeling homesick at the same time as enjoying.
•Explore your surroundings

Where to go for further support

There are lots of internal and external support systems you can access for help:


College welfare contact- You will have a welfare contact within your college who will be able to provide you with practical advice and guidance. If you are unsure of who your contact is you can find out here!


External Support

How To Deal With Homesickness

Swansea University Sport

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