Thinking of Leaving?


It's completely normal to feel a little overwhelmed at times, and most students will feel like this at some point during their time at university.

Leaving university is a big decision and it's important to really think about why you want to leave before taking that step. There are lots of reasons that may cause you to think of leaving university. Sometimes these feelings may pass, but sometimes they may not.

Settling in

Starting university is a huge transition and one you may be struggling with. You might be away from your usual surroundings and support: home, family, friends and things that are familiar. This type of change can be quite disorienting and it is easy to feel overwhelmed or homesick, especially if you are not used to doing things for yourself.

You probably feel as though you're the only one feeling like this - you're not. Many students feel homesick in the first few weeks of university, but with a bit of patience, advice and support, most students find their symptoms begin to ease after the third week.

There are things you can do to help combat feeling this way:

  • Make your new room your own by decorating it with things from home.
  • Get to know a mixture of students - joining a club, team or society is a great way to make new friends.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep and try to eat a healthy diet.
  • Regular exercise not only improves your overall health but can also boost your mood.
  • If you want to speak to someone that has recently experienced the transition to University, there are many peer support services available including the Mentor Scheme, Campus Life Coordinators and the Students' Union Officers.
  • Stay in touch with family and friends - but give yourself time to settle in before arranging a visit home, as it may make your homesickness worse. Invite friends and family to visit instead.

How we can help you

You may not be aware of the reason you want to leave, so it's a good idea to talk to our advisers for them to help you figure out why. We can help you understand your options and work out the best course of action for you. It's important that you make an informed decision so that you don't regret your choice at a later stage.

If you are considering transferring to another course, taking a year out or perhaps leaving university, it is important that you consider all your options before making a decision. Your campus Advice Zone can talk you through the options available to you or book you an appointment with the Progression Advice Team.

There may be other options available as well, such as additional help to improve study skills, an interruption to studies or transferring to another program. Our Support Services can offer you information and guidance when considering your options.

If you cannot find the information you're looking for, or you're not sure who to speak to, visit your campus Advice Zone where our staff will be happy to help you. If you would rather get in touch from the comfort of your home, you can call the Advice Zone on 01443 482540, or ask a question through Advice Zone Online.