Loneliness is common amongst students; even the most outgoing and confident people can feel lonely. If you've moved away from home and living in halls, it's normal to feel lonely and a little homesick at first, and it can be hard to adapt to living in a new place with people you don't know. Even if you're living at home, you can still feel lonely during your time at University.
According to an article published by the Independent earlier this year, nearly a third of students feel lonely on a weekly basis, while 15.8% of students feel lonely every day of term time. The article also states that one in six students say they have 'no true friends' at University, according to a study independent.co.uk/student-lonely-university.
If you're feeling lonely after the holidays (and let's face it, nobody likes January), this is where your Students' Union can help. Our Student Opportunities are a great way for you to get involved with your SU and find something you enjoy. Find your people and join one of over 100 student-led societies, be part of a community and become a volunteer and develop skills for life with our Skills & Training sessions and workshops. Make friends, take action on the social issues that matter to you and give yourself the edge with our wide range of opportunities. It's not too late to get involved and believe it or not, all of these things will set you up for life after University, from developing your skills to building your CV!
However, you might feel like you need to talk to someone about how you're feeling. If you feel this way, you can visit our Student Advice Centre at The HUBS or book an appointment with an adviser via our website. The Student Advice Centre offers free, confidential and quality advice and can help with funding, housing and academic issues as well as much more. The Student Advice Centre is totally independent from the University and has been awarded the AQS (Advice Quality Standard) accreditation, meaning students receive the best possible advice from fully-trained and friendly staff. The Student Advice Centre also offers a range of self-help resources on our website, which students can access without having to make an appointment.
Your time at University should be an enjoyable experience and we want to make sure that you get the most out of it. For more information, visit our Student Opportunities pages and our Student Advice Centre page below to find out how you can get involved with your SU and what we can do for you.
Remember... you're not alone.
There are lots of current Hallam students who are involved with the SU's Student Opportunities, from volunteers to society members. We spoke to some students to find out what they get out of being involved with their SU and how they think SU extra-curricular activities can help combat loneliness and homesickness.