If you've arrived at University and you've been feeling a little lost, overwhelmed and homesick, this is completely normal. It's a big thing coming to University and can be a daunting experience; particularly if it's your first time away from home. There's no shame in feeling homesick. It will pass, but everyone is different and gets through feeling homesick at their own pace. Remember it's very normal, completely understandable, and it's okay to miss home once in a while. The most important thing to remember is that you're not on your own. It might seem this way but the truth is that you're not the first person to feel homesick, and there'll be other students feeling the same as you. Don't try to ignore how you are feeling, instead try to confide in someone sooner rather than later. You can seek support from the University through the Money & Guidance team: 3 top tips Tip 1: Don't go into hiding If you're struggling, try to stay on campus for at least the first week. Don't visit home straight away because this can make your feelings worse when you're due to come back to University. Tip 2: Visit the Students' Union Talk to the Students' Union about getting involved with Clubs and Societies. This is a great way to make new friends and will also help give you an opportunity to do something that you enjoy. Tip 3: Speak to a Money & Guidance Advisor Drop-in or book an appointment with a Money & Guidance Advisor: From Monday 4th July 2022 we are providing students with an opportunity to drop-in to see an advisor across the Stoke campus. (Please note: no appointment required, just turn up) Drop-ins: Monday 9:30a.m. - 12:30 in C209, Catalyst Building, Leek Road Wednesday 1:00 - 4:00p.m T007, Beacon Building, College Road Friday 9:30a.m. - 12:30 in Coalport, Leek Road, Stoke. Appointments: Alternatively, students can book an appointment (appointments will take place in the Trent Building, Leek Road, Stoke or via Microsoft Teams) available every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon. The team is also available via Live Chat which is available from Monday to Friday from 2pm to 4pm and can be accessed by clicking the chat function on this page. Alternatively you can send us an email at email@example.com and we will aim to respond to you within ten working days.