Homesickness is something I have struggled with since moving out for university. It’s something that people don’t really discuss but I know many people that struggle with it. Everyone has expectations that university is the best time of your life, you make new friends, you have fun and you go out all the time. But that’s not the reality for everyone.
One of the things I have found that really helps me is to always have my next trip home planned. This isn’t always easy because I work mostly weekends whilst my parents work Monday-Friday. I try to visit home every 6 weeks. Even if I don’t manage to go every 6 weeks, as long as I have a trip planned I don’t tend to feel as homesick.
Don’t isolate yourself. It’s so easy to want to stay in all the time when you are feeling homesick but this will only make you feel worse. Go out and socialise with your flatmates or your uni friends. If not invite people from home to visit for a night out.
Try to make your room or flat as homely as possible. Whether you bring your favourite teddy bear or decorate your room with pictures, whatever reminds you of home will be a comfort.
Go out and explore your new city. Something we didn’t really get to do until summer this year was go out and explore. We were both rushed from moving in, didn’t have much money and I still went home every weekend to work for 2 months. By the time we were ready to explore it was miserable weather. It makes the new city feel familiar and really helps to settle you.
Phone home. I phone my mum nearly every day, it’s only for around 20 minutes but I talk to my parents as if I was at home. I ask how their day was, what they’re having for dinner just general chat. I also try to remember to phone my Gran’s every so often as I used to visit them every week when I lived at home. Schedule in the time for phone calls it makes it so much easier.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with uni don’t be afraid to ask for help. You are not the first or only student to struggle and there will be someone to help.
How was your uni experience? Did you experience any homesickness? Let me know in the comments!