Coping with life at University

University can be an exciting experience when you leave home, make friends and study in an academic environment. But sometimes it can be a difficult time; you may feel homesick, worried about money, pressures of study, or that you're 'not fitting in'.

University is a major life change especially if you've moved from a different town or country, you have essentially left everyone and everything you know to start a new life somewhere new and unknown and this can be very frightening at times, especially in the beginning. These feelings are very common and usually subside as you begin to settle into your new life.

When to ask for support

Sometimes, however, these feelings can become overwhelming and develop into depression or other types of mental health problems. If you feel like this it's a good idea to seek help as soon as possible.

We ask students for permission to liaise with a named friend or family member if we have a serious concern about your health and safety. You can give permission on MyEssex.

You can contact us if you:

  • are feeling unhappy, stressed, anxious, finding it hard to cope and are concerned about your mental health
  • would like to talk with someone about your mental health difficulties and how they are affecting your life at University
  • have a diagnosed mental health difficulty and want some help liaising with others to minimise its impact on your studies

Transition into university

The charity Student Minds is available to give help and advice when you start your university life.

Student Services Hub
Need help?

If you need any further help and advice, please contact or visit the Student Services Hub who will be happy to assist you.