I'm struggling to settle into university life

University life is, and should be challenging. You are expected to manage all aspects of your life, including your studies. It is easy to be overwhelmed at the beginning, or to feel homesick, especially if you are not used to doing things for yourself. You probably feel that you are the only one feeling like this. You are not - many students feel this way in the first weeks of their course. Most students find that things feel better after a month or two with a bit of practice, advice and support from friends and the University. Things you can do include:

  • Make a routine for your days, make lists, organise yourself
  • Treat study like a job
  • Learn the basic skills of independent study. Talk to Study Support tutors in the Skills Centre who can help you with writing essays, research, using computers and help with maths
  • Join some clubs, societies or go to events that interest you
  • Make a list of the positives and negatives of your university experience so far. Make an effort to do the positive things you like, rather than focussing on the negative
  • Try not to go back home at every opportunity - make a life for yourself here as a student. You can still get support from friends and family
  • If you feel there are deeper reasons why you are feeling this way, you might consider speaking to a Student Wellbeing Adviser. Our Wellbeing Advisers are highly experienced and are there to help you work though any difficult emotional times you are experiencing

If you are certain this will not work for you or still feel miserable after a couple of months or so then you should talk to your Student Support Officer in your faculty or visit Student Support Services to talkĀ about your options.

If you are a mature student, a care leaver, a student with caring responsibilities or a student estranged from family you may wish to discuss your situation with a named adviser at Student Support Services.