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Many people will suffer from homesickness at some point in their life but it almost always gets better with time. Reassurance, and providing a friendly point of contact, will be of great help. Most students settle in well and enjoy living independently with a group of friends. For others, homesickness can be a real problem. It can even affect students who have been away on a gap year or have already lived independently.

Question: What is likely to make a student feel homesick?

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There are a number of things that can make students more likely to become homesick. These include:

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Many people will suffer from homesickness at some point in their life but it almost always gets better with time. Reassurance, and providing a friendly point of contact, will be of great help. Most students settle in well and enjoy living independently with a group of friends. For others, homesickness can be a real problem. It can even affect students who have been away on a gap year or have already lived independently.

Question: What is likely to make a student feel homesick?

Answer

There are a number of things that can make students more likely to become homesick. These include:

  • How far away from home they are
  • A sense of anti-climax upon starting university after such a long build-up
  • Whether or not it was their decision to come to university
  • Unrealistic or unmet expectations
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the course and coursework
  • Worrying about whether their family back home is settled and happy
  • A change in lifestyle from what they are used to
  • A change in learning culture of secondary school or college to a university environment can be very difficult too for some students