Dealing with homesickness

Feelings of homesickness are very common and usually subside as you begin to settle into your new life at university. Read more about how to recognise homesickness and ways to help yourself. (.pdf)

Some more tips:

  • Look for clubs and societies that you might be interested in trying. You don't have to be an expert already to join, and you haven't missed out if you didn't sign up in Welcome Week - you can join during the year.
  • If you're an undergraduate student, speak to your Peer Mentor about getting to know others on your course or joining clubs and societies. If you are not sure who your Peer Mentor is, contact your Department or email peermentor@essex.ac.uk.
  • If you're living in University accommodation, ask your Residents' Assistant about ways to get to know others you are living with and how to get involved at university.
  • Look for student communities that you identify with.
  • Meet people at the Faith Centre.
  • Go to University events or Students' Union events that interest you.

If you are still feeling isolated and lonely, you can speak confidentially with an adviser in Student Services. You can book a welfare appointment by telephone, via email or in person by visiting the Support Desk in your Student Services Hub.

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