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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: student-support@staffs.ac.uk or alternatively book an appointment with us.

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

You can contact a Money & Guidance Advisor by email: student-support@staffs.ac.uk or alternatively book an appointment with us.