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Whether you just started college or transferred to CU Boulder from another university, adjusting to a new town and campus can be challenging. Here are a few tips to help you overcome homesickness this semester.

1. Homesickness is normal and temporary

While it may not always be obvious, many students feel homesick when they start college or transfer to a new school. Remember that it’s normal to experience homesickness when we get separated from the people, places and things that have given us a sense of belonging.

It’s also important to keep in mind that homesickness is temporary. Chances are that feelings of loneliness or homesickness will lessen as you get more familiar with campus life and the people at CU.

2. Stay in touch

While you navigate life on campus and meet new people, it’s important to keep in touch with your friends and family back home. Even if your friends are attending different colleges or living in different cities, checking in and catching up can help you feel more connected. If you’re struggling, reach out to someone you trust and talk through it. Staying in contact with people we love can help us feel like we’re not alone, and it can remind us that we have people we can rely on in tough times.

3. Establish a routine

Adapting to a new campus and class schedule may require us to change up our normal routines. In fact, creating routines can help ease anxiety and uncertainty because we have more predictability in our day-to-day lives.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to create a minute-by-minute schedule—a rough plan will do. For instance, consider taking the same route to and from your classes, schedule time for physical movement, plan out your meals (on and off campus) and make time for regular social activities. Creating a routine, no matter how small it may be, can help you feel more in control of your day.

4. Put yourself out there (even if it’s hard)

Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be challenging, especially if you’re introverted or don’t know anyone yet. Try to ease into it by starting small. For instance, it may be easier to get to know your roommates, neighbors or classmates first. Make plans to hang out in small groups, study together or spend time having fun.

You can also get involved and meet new people by:

Try experimenting with different activities and groups to find what feels like the best fit for you. It’s also important to keep in mind that many people may be struggling right now. Being inviting and inclusive can go a long way. If it looks like someone is uncomfortable in a group, help to break the ice by getting to know them and introducing them to others.

5. Get connected with resources

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling, you’re not alone. There are plenty of resources on campus that can help.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or needs urgent, same-day support, please call Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) at 303-492-2277. You can also visit the Emergency & Crisis Care page for additional resources and support.

Campus resources

Transfer Buffs

Find resources, events and opportunities to build community with your fellow Transfer Buffs on campus. 

Peer Wellness Coaching

Peer wellness coaches are trained students who can help you make friends on campus, explore resources, set goals and make the most of your time at CU Boulder.

Let’s Talk

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) provides free drop-in services through Let’s Talk. Counselors are available in person and online to help provide insight, solutions and information about additional resources related to anxiety, relationships, academics and more.

AcademicLiveCare (ALC)

ALC is a telehealth platform that allows you to schedule medical and mental health appointments virtually. Through this program, you can see board-certified healthcare professionals from home, campus or anywhere you go. All you need is a smartphone, computer, tablet or other mobile device.

Process therapy groups

Process therapy groups emphasize relationships, interpersonal skills, feedback and strategies to feel more connected with others.

Peer mentors

Several colleges and schools at CU Boulder offer peer mentoring programs that provide students with the opportunity to connect with current and former students of their major.

Embedded liaisons

All colleges and schools have a team of embedded liaisons that can provide clinical and non-clinical support for students. Liaisons can help students navigate campus life, mental health concerns, traumatic experiences as well as on-campus resources and activities. 

Feel Better Fast workshop

This three-part series is designed to help you make positive changes in your life and manage distressing thoughts or emotions. You will learn how to make balanced decisions, self-soothe, take a step back from racing thoughts and live by your true values. 

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