Dealing With Homesickness

Posted on October 29th, 2016 by

Homesickness is a problem that can affect everyone while at university, whether you’re a home student or international. Even if you’re really enjoying your time at uni (which we really hope you are!) it’s possible to be yearning for home at the same time, and that’s okay! So whether you’re a two-hour drive or an eight-hour flight from your pre-university life, we hope these tips can help you balance the best of both worlds:

Quality Time With Friends

Homesickness is a very strange kind of loneliness because it can come to you even while you’re socialising or having fun. The trick is not to let missing your friends and family abroad detract from the enjoyment you can be having with your new friends at uni! And this can be hard, and often you’ll have to make a conscious effort to do so – but we can think of worse things to have to force yourself to do than having fun!

Many people’s fondest memories from their time in higher education include cute nights in, like your first ‘family dinner’ with your friends from your floor, or snuggling up on the sofa to all watch the Bake Off final together. Plus, with the communal features offered in your Make Space building, you’re bound to meet lots of people you’ll get along with, whether you’re a fan of our cinema, our games room, or if you’re more of a regular visitor of the gym. Happiness is truly a great distraction!

Student Societies

One amazing way to both immerse yourself in student life at your university, as well as enjoy some of the home comforts you may have been missing, is to join a society at your university. Most universities have an impressive range of societies for different nationalities and cultures, so if you’re hoping for activities that will remind you of home, you won’t have to look far.

Whether it’s the music, the food, or the fashion you’ve been missing, or even just people who speak your language (literally or figuratively!), most societies of this kind offer a range of events and socials for you to get involved with. And if you’ve found that the right society for you doesn’t exist yet – don’t dismay, the students’ union is available to advise you on how you can set up your own society, for yourself and future students to enjoy!

An event for Chinese New Year, organised by the University of Sunderland’s Malaysian Society.

Stay In Touch

It may be obvious, but it’s still worth saying, our last tip is to simply stay connected with your loved ones. The simple fact is, it’s never been easier to contact friends and family around the world, and you may not even have to spend even a penny on it, by utilising the magic of Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp… the list goes on! Some people prefer a daily catch-up with their parents or siblings via email, others prefer a fortnightly video call to the wee hours of the morning to get all the gossip from your bestie overseas. Whichever method you favour; we’ve got you covered in your Make Space apartment with our ultra-fast WiFi.