Top 4 Ways to Deal with Homesickness as an International Student
Aug 08, 2021
Moving away from home to start University, is a big transition and it’s okay to feel homesick for a bit. If you are experiencing homesickness, just remember you are not alone! A lot of students may feel homesick in the first few months of university. So, we've put together our top tips for getting over homesickness, so you can concentrate on making the most of your university years.
Let yourself be homesick for a bit
This is probably the most important message, so we put it right at the top. Feeling homesick isn’t a weakness nor is it something to feel guilty about. Homesick is a natural psychological process that happens when you move to a new place that doesn’t feel like home. Let yourself be homesick for a bit! Give yourself a couple of days and then ask your friends to go out for coffee or lunch and share your experiences.
Keep yourself busy
You may feel like that you want to spend a lot of time in your room and potentially isolate because you feel safe. But this may make your feelings more intense and your homesickness even worse. It might be a good idea to go out and plan activities with your flatmates or friends. Even attending social events at your accommodation or activities by the student union. This will take your mind away from feeling down or anxiety that your new home doesn’t feel like home.
Get in touch with your parents and family
Your Family will be here to support you, whether that is your parents, or siblings or cousins. Keeping in touch with them may help to close the gap and make you feel more involved with the things that are happening back home. However, keeping in touch too much can actually make you feel the distance more…
Ask for help
If you are feeling homesick, maybe worrying about finances and studies, you are not alone. You don’t have to suffer in silence and there is no shame in asking for help. The university is here to support you through several different services, such as student union or counselling services or your residence welfare team or even by approaching your lecturers.