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How to overcome homesickness and adjust to a new country

By Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, on 30 August 2023

girl standing next to a statue of a man

Me with the iconic JB during freshers week!

Moving to a different country can be a daunting experience, and it’s not uncommon to feel homesick while studying abroad. Feelings of being anxious, loneliness and isolation are totally normal in these situations. Been there, done that, and was it fun? Absolutely not. So here are some tips to combat this monstrosity!

1. Establish a Support Network

group of students Not gonna lie, easier said than done. UCL is a massive campus, and you might be thinking, how on earth do I meet new friends? Fortunately, UCL offers more than 300 societies that you can join. Additionally, there are events and activities, especially during the first few weeks like freshers week, where you can meet like-minded people. While it might be intimidating initially, remember that everyone participating in these activities is in the same boat as you. Here’s an underrated tip: don’t feel pressured to form your core group of friends right away. Stay open-minded, explore more clubs and societies, and have fun!😉Here is a photo with me at an Engineers Without Borders Society social!

2. Explore London

There is so much to do in this city waiting for you to discover. From musicals and markets to parks and museums, there is always something. Discover hidden gems in the city: cafes, bookshops, river canals, and more! There’s a wide range of delicious food to try (see my previous blog) from different cultures is nothing short of astounding.

parcel with Monsters Inc characters on it3. Ask to receive packages from home

Reach out to the people you miss the most and ask for their support. Personally, I craved the snacks from back home the most. Regular updates from loved ones can remind you that you aren’t forgotten and make you less lonely😊 Here is a photo of a care package my lovely fam sent me during my first year!


Studying abroad and adjusting to a foreign country might seem overwhelming, but it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If I can do it, you can too! UCL Cares is a fantastic resource that offers superb support when needed. I hope these tips provide some comfort, even if it’s just a teeny tiny bit haha😉Lastly, remember: you got this!!

This blog was written by Rachel, Biomedical Engineering

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