Struggling with uni life Watch
Student life, in partnership with UEA
People are generally welcoming at societies, even long past freshers week, although this obviously varies depending upon many factors; I've found it to hold as a general principle.
Have you joined societies? They’re a great place to make friends because you have a shared interest with the other people which can make it easier to get along. This is the same with people on your course - if there’s someone you get along with in a seminar or something, why not ask if they want to get a coffee when the seminar finishes? Sometimes the hardest bit can be putting yourself out there!
Obviously you know your mental health best, but I would recommend, if you can, to try and not go home at weekends. By doing that, it limits the time you can spend making friends at uni and just reinforces to yourself that home is a safe place. Make plans for a weekend at your uni - spend some time exploring the town, attend a new club or try a new sport, just keep yourself busy.
I’d also definitely let someone know how you’re feeling - most unis will have a welfare or student support service you can speak to, or you may have a tutor/supervisor you can talk to. They can advise you on support available at your specific university, plus just listen when you need.
Ultimately, it’s down to you to judge how bad you feel. If you felt this way in first semester then maybe this particular university isn’t right for you. However, if this feeling’s primarily started in second term, then that’s pretty normal, as you’ve been home for Christmas so going back can be quite a shock. Tell someone at your uni and hopefully they can talk you through some options. Best of luck!