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29 October 2021

We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea.

C. Joybell C.

The transition to going to university or college brings about many changes. This is true of any year, but this year it’s especially true. Having spent much of the last 18 months with restrictions on numbers of people you can see and where you can go, the change of going to university may be felt much more acutely.

Starting University or college is a leveller, in so much you and your peers are all in this together for the first time. How you feel about starting uni will be different for everyone. It’s really important to try not to compare yourself to your peers. How you settle into uni life will vary for everyone, and there’s no right or wrong way to do this, or length of time it’ll take.

Everything changes when you go to uni – you may be living away from home for the first time, you’ll have much more ‘free time’ with an expectation to work independently, you’ll be making new friends, managing finances, new experiences, places, food, shopping and cooking, and that’s just the practical things! It’s natural to experience a range of emotions, you may feel really excited, apprehensive, nervous, a bit homesick. Your emotions may change over time, and this is perfectly normal.

Whatever you are feeling, if the practical tasks (such as managing money) emotional aspects or uni work is feeling too much, the main thing to do is to tell someone else. This may be a peer, friend from home or a family member. Equally there is lots of other support available.

Where can I find help?

YMCA Release Counselling: Telephone: 0208 339 7310   Email:

having counselling made me feel as though what I was going through was normal and valid. It makes you feel less alone and feels good that you have someone to talk to who really listens to what you are saying.

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Your uni will have a student support team

The Mix – offers a range of support and resources to those under 25
Telephone 0808 808 4994 Website:

NHS Every Mind Matters: 

SHOUT a free texting service – if you need more immediate support text: 85258