Finding your feet when moving out

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Health Assured team

10 August 2022

University can be an exciting time; moving to a new city, meeting new people and studying a subject you find interesting. It is a pivotal time in every student’s life, a time where you can redefine who you are, learn transferable skills and form lasting relationships. 

Nevertheless, moving to university provides a new set of pressures and expectations, so it's crucial to find your feet and set up a foundation that helps you navigate the next few years. 

Here at Health Assured, we know starting university, albeit fun and exciting, can be stressful and anxiety-inducing. You are leaving a somewhat comfortable situation and moving into uncertainty. Will I make friends? Will I like my course? Who do I talk to if I have a problem? These are just a few of the questions you might be asking yourself. 

It's important to remember that every student is in the same boat. You are all moving to a new place, living with new people and starting the next chapter of your life. This change can be extremely nerve-wracking, so you need to find ways to relax and settle in. Here are some tips to help you find your feet and make moving to university as smooth as possible. 

 

Tips for settling into University

 

Prioritise your health and wellbeing

When you move to University there will be a lot going on, and certain things may fall by the wayside. For many students, starting university can be an unsettling time - maybe you’re struggling to make friends, unable to manage your finances or missing your family. There is no need to worry; these are all common thoughts that cross new students’ minds.

Although these worries are commonplace among students, they are still distressing and can spur mental health problems. As a result, you must foster healthy habits that prioritise your health and wellbeing. These habits may include engaging in self-care: an effective technique for stress relief. Whether you go for a run, read a book or meet up with friends, you must remember to do the things you enjoy. 

 

Enjoy Welcome Week

Putting yourself out there can feel embarrassing and uncomfortable. But it's really important at university. It has a lot of benefits; it can help you make friends and build confidence. Welcome Week is a great time to reach and form these relationships - there are plenty of people to talk to and get to know. You might even meet someone with common interests.

There is a common misconception that Welcome Week is all about the nightlife. This is not the case. There are plenty of other things to do, such as attending the Welcome Fair, getting to know the university campus or taking a trip around your new city. There are many activities to keep yourself busy before your studies begin.

 

Make your room your own

When moving to university, you are entering a new, unfamiliar place. One way to help you feel more comfortable is to bring some familiarity to your new room. It may include adding something from your bedroom at home or plastering your walls with photos of your friends and family, anything that helps you feel comfortable. Remember, this room is your space, somewhere you can relax and unwind, so take the time and set it up how you want it.

 

Join a club or society

You may feel lonely, but you’re not alone. University is a very social environment, and there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people. Joining a club or society is one option. Not only will this enable you to meet new people, but it will also encourage you to partake in a sport or activity that you enjoy. It is a great way to meet like-minded people and help you become part of a wider community.

 

Keep in touch

Just because you’re moving away from home doesn’t mean you should lose contact with your friends and family. It is important to build new relationships, but it is equally important you don’t neglect your old relationships. Friends and family play a vital role in protecting your mental health by fostering a sense of belonging and purpose. So, whenever you need to, call up your friends or message your family. They’ll appreciate it as much as you do.

 

Student health and wellbeing support from Health Assured

Starting University can be a stressful time for any student - moving away from home and starting a your studies can be unsettling. If you feel like you're struggling with this change, know that we're here to support you via the Student Assistance Helpline (SAP). 

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