Living in the UK
We really hope you enjoy your time studying at Loughborough University and living in the UK.
However, for many International Students moving to this country may be confusing and unsettling. It is important that you go out and meet people as soon as you can, there will be plenty of other students out there who are finding it all as confusing as you do!
If you are living in halls on campus you can join in with the inter-mural sports (IMS) events between halls. Even if you are living off campus there is lots to offer in the Students' Union, you can join a society or go on trips. Once a year, they hold an International Day which is a great way to meet lots of people.
In the following pages we give you advice on housing rights, consumer rights, working in the UK and finding schools for your children. If you need any further help, please make an appointment to see an adviser.
The UK may be very different from your home country and you may want to read UKCISA’s page on UK traditions and culture before you arrive to help you settle in. Even the most well-travelled person suffers from homesickness from time to time, it is nothing to worry about or be ashamed of.
Getting out and meeting people is a good way to help it, but if you need extra support the University has the Counselling team, the Wellbeing Advisers and the Mental Health Support Team. Both services are totally confidential and no one ever needs to know that you have used them. Nothing is recorded on your record and there are no implications for your visa if you use them.
There are plenty of people on campus who are wiling and able to help you, you could talk to your Doctor, or your personal tutor. There will also be plenty of activities and events for you to get involved in which will help you feel more at home and make new friends. The Students’ Union and the Centre for Faith and Spirituality are a great starting point. Whatever you do, don't suffer on your own, ask for help!