Homesickness

The excitement of the start of term has died down and the realities of academic work have kicked in. You may be starting to want the comforts of home right now.

Don’t worry - homesickness is very common and there are ways to get through it.

Tips to beat homesickness

1. Get out of your room

It can be tempting to hibernate in your comfort zone but this won’t help you meet people and make York feel like home. Study in the Library or in one of the cafes on campus. Don’t isolate yourself.

2. Know others are feeling this way too

It may seem that everyone around you has already found a group of friends, is partying every night, and having Much More Fun than you. This is probably not true. Decide what you want from your university experience and work towards that. And with that in mind:

3. Keep busy

University is a great opportunity to try out new things and find new interests.

We have more than 180 student societies to choose from and your college has a full programme of activities. You’re bound to find something for you - and meet like-minded people, too.

4. Get out and about

You may only be in York for a relatively short time so get to know the whole of campus and the city to help make it feel more familiar. Go for walks, take sightseeing trips, volunteer in the community or get a part-time job.

5. Connect with people

Do things with the people around you. Organise activities with flatmates, such as cooking together or watching box sets. Sign up for our Student Connect scheme to be matched with students in your college or department who are also looking to meet new people and try new things.

6. Contact home (but not too much)

Just because you’re in York doesn’t mean you have to cut yourself off from home completely. Keep in touch with family and friends at home - though don’t visit home too soon. If you’re not in York then you can’t make York feel like home - instead, invite them to visit you.

7. Ask for help

Hopefully, feeling homesick will pass but, if you’re really struggling, then ask for help. See the wide range of people you can contact for more support, including your college team:

Help and support

Don't take our word for it...
Benjamin, a current student of International Human Rights Law and Practice, gives his perspective on settling in at university and making friends by joining societies, making friends in class, and undertaking common activities with your housemates.