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    I'm a 'mature student' at the age of 21 and I'm struggling to fit in a little bit. I study alongside other mature students but the living stuff is a little weird for me being in halls. I've made some friends and things seem well but I miss living down south. Everything up north is very different and I'm considering whether or not I should transfer after I finish my foundation year and apply for Year 1 to a uni such as Sussex.

    I'd like some realistic advice on how transferring works, when it is best to decide whether or not I want to implement this or not. Some may say I'm deciding too early but I'm just considering it... rather strongly.
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    Hiya,

    I'm sorry to hear you're having a hard time - the first few weeks of university can be really difficult. There are definitely ways that you can access help and support, and hopefully help you to feel more at home here!

    Firstly, I would chat to the Student Support Hub - they can give you practical advice on transferring universities and will be able to offer you other advice on settling in. You may also wish to talk to Accommodation Services if you're finding it weird to live with freshers - there are flats with only postgraduate or mature students which may have rooms available, which might be better suited to your needs!

    Honestly, I would advise to hang on before making a decision. Moving to a new city with nobody you know is a huge change, and it can take some time to get used to. For many students, it can take until Christmas or even afterwards to feel at home at university, so you definitely aren't alone in how you're feeling. My advice would be to set yourself a target date - halfway through the spring term, for example - and make your decision at that point. If you're still feeling like you'd be happier at another university by then, you can go ahead with a transfer. In the meantime, try and get involved with various activities - at the very least, they'll keep you busy!

    One of our students, Emma, wrote a blog post about how to deal with homesickness which might be helpful to read!

    I hope this is helpful,

    Katie
 
 
 
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