Coping with life at University

University can be an exciting experience when you leave home, make new friends, and study in an academic environment. However, university life can, at times, produce a range of emotions and concerns; you may feel homesick, worried about money, the pressures of studying, or that you're 'not fitting in'.

University is a major life change, especially if you've moved from a different town or country, where you are now starting a new life somewhere different and unknown. It can feel quite daunting at times, particularly 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, these feelings can become overwhelming and make you feel low or anxious. 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 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 condition and want help liaising with others to minimise its impact on your studies

You can get in touch with us via email at, and if you reside in university accommodation, you can seek advice and support from your RA and the Residence Life team

Transition into university

The charity Student Minds is available to provide help and advice for when you start university life. They have some great information and resources in their ‘Know Before You Go’ and ‘Transitions’ guides. Mind have also put together some helpful resources and tips on how to cope with life as a student.

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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.