Adjusting to life in a new place can be challenging, and the shock of living away from family, often for the first time, can quickly lead to symptoms of homesickness. Here, we provide helpful guidance to combat homesickness and culture shock, as well as practical tips on how to make friends and meet new people as an international student in the UK.
Leaving the family home to live independently is an anxious time for any student, but it can be especially daunting for those travelling to university overseas. Adjusting to life in a new country can be incredibly difficult, with cultural differences, feelings of homesickness and language barriers all compounding the issue of feeling settled and comfortable in your new home.
In your first few weeks as a student in a foreign country, the culture shock alone can make it difficult to feel settled. Adapting to a new climate, different foods and a foreign language can seem impossible while trying to make friends and study, but there are things you can do to overcome uncertainty and homesickness – and make your university transition easier to cope with.
Here, we provide practical tips on settling into university life and ways to get out and meet new people.
Below, we look at some of the most effective ways to deal with homesickness and feel settled at university.
Homesickness is a cruel condition that affects many students. It’s often triggered by feelings of missing out on family life and common routines, and a sense of yearning for familiar surroundings. At its worst, homesickness can impact on your studies and lead to declining mental health, so it’s important that you know how to combat it.
One of the biggest anxieties students have about starting university is the question of whether or not they’re going to make friends. For international students whose first language perhaps isn’t English, meeting people can be tricky – though we can say for certain that it will be much easier than you’re expecting it to be.
For students keen to go out and meet like-minded people, there are a near-limitless number of opportunities to do so – and that’s not including the friends you’re almost certain to meet at your accommodation and in class. Below, we outline some of the best ways to get out, meet new people and start to feel more settled in your new home.
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