April 08, 2015

College Tips // 3 Ways to Cope with Being Homesick

Moving away from home can be exciting, overwhelming, scary, and at times lonely. When I was 18, I moved three hours away from my hometown, my parents, grandparents, friends, and everything I had ever known. I cried for days after my parents and grandparents dropped me off at college. Over the past few years I have figured out a few things that help me from being so homesick.

Call Home (a lot). This may seem simple but talking to people at home, people who know everything about you will often make you feel less isolated. Call home everyday, twice a day if that's what it takes to make you feel more comfortable.

Make Your Living Space Comfortable. Whether you live with roommates, alone, in a dorm or apartment make it comfortable. Put up of pictures of your family and friends from home. If you can, spend the extra money to have decorations and furniture that you enjoy. Liking the place you live makes it feel more like home.

Stay Busy. Whether you are busy with school, work, new friends, or a hobby you will be distracted and less likely to feel homesick.

I have learned that even though moving away for school is heartbreaking at times, it is one of the best things I have every done for myself. If you are struggling with being homesick, just know that it will get easier. The place you are at will start to feel more like home.

How do you cope with being  homesick? I'd love to know your tips.


  1. All excellent tips. Especially with regards to arranging your living space to make the environment more comfortable, for me this is a must! As there's nothing worse than not feeling comfortable in your own home/place of stay!

    LL | www.cautivar.com

  2. The idea of a college dorm can be quite fun, though a lot of people tend to get homesick, especially during the first few weeks. The tips you’ve shared are very useful, as they are simple yet essential. Keeping yourself busy is a great idea, because you can distract yourself from being homesick and such. And before you know it, vacation time will be right around the corner, and you’ll get to go home and spend time with your family. Thanks for sharing this with us, Holly. All the best!

    Valerie Casey @ College Funding Freedom