Best ways to beat homesickness

22 July 2014


You should remember homesickness is just a temporary feeling. Whilst it’s easy to surrender to the feeling, it’s important you don’t. In fact the quicker your throw yourself into your new life, the quicker the feeling of missing home will lessen. GB Mag have listed their top ways to get rid of your blue, so you can get on with enjoying your time here!

  • Making friends is one of the best ways to combat homesickness, it will give you people to talk to and have fun with. Social events area great place to meet new people, so make sure you attend!
  • Do keep in regular contact with the people at home, but it’s a good idea to keep your calls limited to once or twice a week, because too much contact can make you feel more homesick.
  • Get involved in university life! Throw yourself into your studies but also join lots of cool societies and groups, they’ll keep you nice and busy so you’ll soon forget feeling blue.
  • Exercise! Whether it’s running on a treadmill or attending a yoga class, exercise releases endorphins which are hormones that make you feel happy and smiley!
  • Make you eat well. Pack your diet with lots of lovely fruits and veg, so you’re energised and ready to start the day.
  • Keep a diary (journal) and fill it with photos of your time at UCL you can then show it to your friends and family when you see them.
  • Try not to spend too much time by yourself! Even going to a busy public place like a coffee shop, a library or a park can make you feel a lot more relaxed and positive.
  • Speak to other students, it’s likely they’re in the same position as you.

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