finding your feet

College and university can be a great time for you – the excitement of meeting new people, studying new subjects, and gaining maturity and independence. However, for some people the transition to college or university can be a tough period.

You may find it difficult being away from home, no longer being surrounded by your childhood circle of friends, and find yourself feeling isolated and lonely.  

It’s important to keep your feelings in check and keep an eye out for your friends. If you recognise any of the signs below then perhaps you should speak to someone:

  • Feeling low or experiencing negative thoughts

  • Crying for no reason

  • Weight loss

  • Becoming distant and isolated

  • Disturbed sleep

  • Loss of interest in activities.


A quick chat can often help put the majority of worries to rest - your Inspire Student Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You might feel embarrassed talking to friends or family about issues such as loneliness or homesickness but remember that those who care about you want to help, not judge.  

If you are finding it hard making friends then perhaps joining a society or sports team could help you out.