Studying abroad is an exciting adventure and something you will remember for the rest of your life. But settling into a new city as an overseas student can also be a little daunting and you might be finding that you feel a little homesick. To help you settle in we've put together a 10 step guide to feeling at home in Newcastle as an international student.
1. Join your university's society for international students
Newcastle University and Northumbria University both have a society for international students that will offer you help, support and people to talk to. If you're finding it hard to settle into your new home make sure you share how you feel, you won't be the only overseas student feeling homesick.
2. Head to the Student Union
The Student Union is the place to go to find out what's going on at University and to fully involve yourself in student life. Be sure to join any clubs you find interesting, go on nights out and meet as many people as you can. You'll make friends in no time!
3. Explore Newcastle
Newcastle is one of the friendliest cities in the UK so get out to explore as soon as possible. You'll discover a cosmopolitan city full of culture and history with plenty of friendly people to point you in the right direction if you're feeling lost.
4. Re-invent yourself
Student life is exciting and the perfect time to try new things. If there are things you've always loved the idea of trying now is a great time to do it. Living in a new country is an adventure and this is the perfect opportunity to discover who you are.
5. Get comfortable
Surround yourself with familiar things that remind you of home and make you feel comfortable. Decorate your room with photos of family and bits from home that make you smile.
6. Limit calls home
Calling home and speaking to family and friends is important, but try to limit the amount of time you spend on Skype. Calling home every day will make you feel homesick, instead keep yourself busy so you have loads to tell your family when you do speak to them.
7. Make friends
Socialise with your uni housemates by organising a night in where you each cook a dish from your home country. You will probably find your housemates are interested to learn more about your culture and you will learn some great things about them too.
8. Stay active and healthy
Keeping your body active and eating well will give you the strength and motivation you need to make the most out of your new surroundings and student life.
Living abroad is a great opportunity to learn more about a new country. Enjoy some British traditions and take the Metro to Tynemouth for fish and chips and a walk on the beach, or head to a football match at St James Park. Newcastle also has a great train service meaning you can easily explore the historic cities of York or Edinburgh.
10. Don't hide in your room!
If you're feeling a bit nervous about starting your new adventure in Newcastle it can be easy to hide in your room. Be brave and open the door. Talk to your housemates, go for an explore and keep yourself busy with student life.
Before you know it Newcastle will feel like home.
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