Events, activities and support to help you settle


Homesickness is very common if you have moved from a different area or country to attend university. BU recognises this and offers events, activities and support to help you settle.

Starting university can be challenging. It’s a time of change and could be the first time that you’ve had to be properly responsible for yourself. You may have had high expectations about how great it would be, but the reality did not match your expectations.

At BU we strive to make the start of university fun and exciting by offering you lots of activities and events to help you settle in and make new friends. However, we also know that it’s very common to feel homesick.

Research shows that 50 to 70% of new UK students suffer from homesickness to some extent within in their first two or three weeks, so you are not alone. 

Homesickness can be quite a personal feeling that not everyone feels comfortable talking about, so there's a chance those around you are feeling the same way. They just aren’t sharing their feelings.

You can always contact our support services on campus: the [email protected] team, Student Wellbeing, Faith & Reflection and SUBU Advice. If you're in BU accommodation our ResLifeBU team are there to support your wellbeing.

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Things to do

Get involved in the arts, music, sport, volunteering or clubs and societies

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SUBU Advice

Free independent and confidential advice on housing, money and personal matters offered by BU Students' Union. 

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If you're in BU accommodation you can get involved with the team who provide social, wellbeing and skills support.