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Moving back to uni: Expectation vs. Reality

By FreshSocial 17 Jan 2019

Let's be real, Christmas feels like a million years ago.


Whether you moved back to university last week or you've been here slightly longer, we welcome you back with open arms! For some of you, this might be a positive thing and for others, not so much.

If you're feeling a bit down in the dumps and moving back to university isn't how you thought it would be, is it because your expectations were anything like this?

1. "I have SO much more freedom at uni."

Reality: You miss your family and friends from home, right? That's understandable. Christmas is a lovely period where you're surrounded by family, but you crave being back in your independent life. But know that you're back, you may miss the constant chatter and fuss family gives. They're only a phone call away!

2. "My life at university is way better than at home!"

Reality: You've come back to university and have five exams and three assignment deadlines within the next month, so maybe it isn't that amazing after all! This is guaranteed to make you feel homesick, but no matter how hard you're finding January, it's all over before you know it and then university life goes back to normal. Get some plans in the calendar to give you something to look forward to.

3. "My new loan drops in January, buzzing!"

Reality: Like most university students, you probably need to stick to a budget to make sure your money lasts until the end of term, so maybe you won't be splashing the cash after all. Being on a budget isn't all bad though, have a look through our hacks and tips and you'll find lots of cheaper ways to cook, have fun and go shopping without wasting your loan.

4. "I'm struggling and have nobody to talk to about it."

Reality: Feeling down and lonely is an awful feeling, but there is important support around you at university. You could talk to your friends/flatmates as they may be in a similar position. If you find that difficult, pop into your accommodation office or contact student support services. For academic stress, your tutors will be able to help out too.

The first (big) step is reaching out and after that, you will start to feel better. Good luck with your exams, the light is at the end of the tunnel now!

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