Transitioning into university life

The ‘Three-Month Itch’

Going to university can feel like a big step and it may take time to adjust and adapt to uni life. To feel unsettled in your first few months is completely normal. You are not alone if you feel this way.

We’re here to provide information on what to do if you are struggling to settle in or feeling homesick. We’ve brought together some of our staff and residents to show you that there are things you can do to overcome these feelings.

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The word cloud above of the most common searches around ‘dropping out of university’ highlights the relation this has to feeling homesick, and how difficult it can feel to make friends at university. We’ve spoken to some of our residents in the videos to get their advice on settling into university and how they overcame homesickness – something that many students go through.

You’re not lonely in your loneliness

Loneliness at university is more common than you might think. Just take a look at these stats:

According to a survey by Wonkhe, 2019.

Spending time with others can really help. It’s important not to isolate yourself, some suggestions to help get you out of your room include attending our free Village Life events and joining a study group, club or society that shares similar interests. Even chatting to a friend can make a huge difference; you never know, they might even feel the same way.

The video below shares the story of one of our residents and what they did to overcome homesickness whilst at university.

According to a survey by Wonkhe, 2019.

Spending time with others can really help. It’s important not to isolate yourself, some suggestions to help get you out of your room include attending our free Village Life events and joining a study group, club or society that shares similar interests. Even chatting to a friend can make a huge difference; you never know, they might even feel the same way.

The video below shares the story of one of our residents and what they did to overcome homesickness whilst at university.

What should you do next?

It’s important to remember that there is often no single reason for struggling to transition into university life.

You are not alone so reach out to a friend, family member, teacher or welfare service for support. Telling someone how you feel is the first (but often most difficult) step in addressing the problem.

We spoke to three students who debated dropping out of university, however once settled in they all changed their minds. See what they had to say.