University can be an exciting experience when you leave home, make new friends, and study in an academic environment. However, university life can, at times, produce a range of emotions and concerns; you may feel homesick, worried about money, the pressures of studying, or that you're 'not fitting in'.
University is a major life change, especially if you've moved from a different town or country, where you are now starting a new life somewhere different and unknown. It can feel quite daunting at times, particularly in the beginning. These feelings are very common and usually subside as you begin to settle into your new life
Sometimes, these feelings can become overwhelming and make you feel low or anxious. If you feel like this, it's a good idea to seek help as soon as possible.
We ask students for permission to liaise with a named friend or family member if we have a serious concern about your health and safety. You can give permission on MyEssex.
You can contact us if you:
You can get in touch with us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you reside in university accommodation, you can seek advice and support from your RA and the Residence Life team.
The charity Student Minds is available to provide help and advice for when you start university life. They have some great information and resources in their ‘Know Before You Go’ and ‘Transitions’ guides. Mind have also put together some helpful resources and tips on how to cope with life as a student.
If you need any further help and advice, please contact or visit the Student Services Hub who will be happy to assist you.