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How I overcame homesickness at university and how you can too

Homesickness is a very real thing at university and will affect the majority of us at one point or another.

You’re often thrown into a new city with new people and you’ve got to fend for yourself.

Although it’s daunting, there are things that you can do to help overcome homesickness. Remember that this is a natural feeling to have and there are people out there who understand and help you get through it.

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Feeling a little homesick? You're not alone. Everyone gets homesick when they go to uni - even home students! Homesickness can feel overwhelming sometimes but there are lots of ways to beat it back, for example: 1) Join a club or society. Moving to a new country can be very lonely, but it's nothing that some cool new friends can't cure! 2) Find a restaurant that serves food from your country. Luckily the UK is very multicultural and you should have no trouble finding a restaurant that serves all your favourite dishes. 3) Decorate your flat. It’s hard to feel at home when your walls are bare and your couch is ugly. 4) Get some exercise. It's a great way to meet some new people while giving your brain a boost, and having a regular exercise time helps to add stability to your daily routine. 5) Talk to someone. It's a myth that calling home will make you feel worse! Pop your best tips for beating homesickness in the comments below!#UK_BBF #GreatBritishMag #GBMAG #studentlife #internationalstudent #uklife #ukliving #weareinternational #studyingintheuk #homesick #homesickness #homesicknessstrikes #homesicktoday

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When I moved to halls last year, 145 miles away from home—which was a very frightening move—I had had no prior experience of independence and it was a struggle to adjust. I kept ringing home, so much so that it became a bit annoying. I missed my family and friends and was not enjoying the experience as much as I thought I would.

However, I did settle into my new home—I made a conscious decision to make friends and socialise so that I wouldn’t stay cooped up in my room for days. This helped massively, I could easily text a friend to see if they wanted to pop round and I began to feel more comfortable in the new area.

Lots of students struggle with homesickness when they move away from home. You're not alone, chances are a lot of people are in the same boat as you.

What I found helped me through the bouts of homesickness was making my room feel cosy. I had some fairy lights tucked away so I put them up, which helped to break up the harsh white light you get in student accommodation.

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So cozyyy 😍💛💫 @oliviabynature

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Something else that helped me was putting up pictures of my home and family around my room to help me smile on harder days. As corny (or creepy) as it sounds, it feels like your family are watching you and it’s reassuring.

Home comforts are also a good way to overcome the sinking feeling in your stomach that homesickness can induce. I filled my room with cosy cushions, blankets, diffusers and warm light to help me feel more comfortable in my surroundings.

To help you feel more comfortable in your surroundings, find your way around the area if you don’t know it. This made me feel much more at ease when I first got to university. I walked around the city with one of my friends, mentally noting where the shops, doctors and other important locations were. Now I'm in my second year, I feel extremely comfortable with the area, and it feels like my city.

Last but not least, stay positive. This is easier said than done, especially when you’re missing home, but try to make the effort to maintain a positive mindset and it will make a difference. Plus, positivity is a quality that many people look for in friends so you may end up making a few by having a mindset that reflects on the bright side.

Let us know how you combat homesickness in the comments.