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.