Going to university is a big change and many students feel lonely from time to time.

How can I help myself?

The first thing to keep in mind is that you are certainly not the only one feeling lonely.

The actual feeling of loneliness is a 'flag' that there is something you need, so take notice of the feeling.

  • Don't hide away or avoid people
  • Put yourself in situations where you can become involved in conversations and activities
  • Take the initiative and talk to other people rather than waiting for them to talk to you
  • Say 'hello' or maybe just smile, it will usually be returned
  • Be positive when you talk with people
  • Get involved in societies or voluntary work
  • Balance your time so sometimes you are with people and sometimes you are alone
  • Work out if you prefer to talk in groups or have one-to-one conversations or a mixture of the two

Keep trying even if your first attempts are not very successful - you may be expecting too much of yourself and others.

Ways to get involved

Student societies and student events are a great way to meet people who share your interests.

How can we help?

See our tips for wellbeing. You might also find it helpful to attend one of the following workshops:

Workshops and groups