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Feeling Homesick or Lonely

It is absolutely normal to feel homesick when you come to University. Even those who never expected to be hit by it can suddenly find themselves missing home or some aspect of it. Some of the signs of homesickness include:-

  • feeling low in mood or more anxious than usual
  • feeling alone, disorientated and/or lost
  • wanting to stay in your room/bed
  • feeling swapped, frightened and wanting to run away or not join in
  • sometimes, people develop obsessive thought/worries
  • sometimes, people experience symptoms of physical ill health

Sometimes these signs can develop even before coming to University. Other people find they feel homesick immediately upon moving to University. Others find that they are fine to begin with, but then discover feelings of loss and/or homesickness later in the academic year. It is entirely reasonable for people to feel homesick. Indeed, it is an understandable response to a very significant life change.

Coming to University, surrounded by people with whom you supposedly have a lot in common, you can nevertheless feel very isolated and awkward. Sometimes those feelings are only made worse when you look around and it seems like everyone else is having a great time, have made lots of friends and feel at home, while you feel excluded and on the margin of everything.

You are welcome to come to Student Services to talk to one of our Advisers or Counsellors, perhaps just for some initial advice or if you feel you want to take things further. You can drop in to make an appointment either at The ASC (The Advice and Support Centre) at 79 North Street, or our offices at Eden Court on The Scores. Alternatively, you can:

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2020
Email: theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk

Book an appointment with a Support Adviser via our online booking system. Find out What to expect from your first appointment (PDF, 1,099 KB)

Leaflets

You may find the following leaflets helpful:

Homesick

Loneliness

E-books

If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time or coping with a condition or stressor, sometimes reading about these situations can help. Shelf Help provides a guide to self-help resources held by the library.

Useful Websites

Center for Confidence

Student Services

To contact Student Services, you can drop in to make an appointment either at The ASC (The Advice and Support Centre) at 79 North Street, or our offices at Eden Court on The Scores.

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2020
Email: theasc@st-andrews.ac.uk

Contact

The ASC

Advice and Support Centre
79 North Street
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9AL
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2020
Fax:+44 (0)1334 46 1716

Contact

Student services

Eden Court
The Scores
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9AS
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2720
Fax:+44 (0)1334 46 4007

Eden Court location map

  • Book an Appointment online