Settling in…

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The first two weeks moving into a new place can be an unusual experience. You have most likely moved away from your friends and family, you are unsure where everything is and you’re most likely nervous about the future ahead of you.

These are the top things you should do to ensure you settle in to your new home.

  1. Explore – take a day just to walk around and explore your new home, find the local supermarkets, restaurants and parks. Use Tripadvisor as a tool to get an idea of what’s around.
  2. Decorate your room – Making your personal space feel more like home will really help you settling in. Put up pictures or your favourite pillow to make your room feel that little bit more like home.
  3. Don’t forget your family – Make sure you call your family and friends back home. They’ll miss you, ensure you call every now and then to check in.
  4. Socialise! – Make friends with your neighbours, people in your lectures and people around you. It will make your time away a lot better if you’ve got people to enjoy it with.
  5. Plan things to look forward too – Putting things in your calendar will give you something to look forward to and get you through each day. Book a flight home for Christmas, book a holiday with friends or invite a friend to your new city.
  6. Try not to comfort shop – Shopping can fill time and can give you comfort, try to avoid this as it will not be healthy for your bank account!
  7. Say yes, often – Say yes to things you normally wouldn’t, a new place is ideal to get you out of your comfort zone.
  8. Keep busy – Homesickness is only worse if you haven’t got much to do. Start a new hobby, join a pottery class or start running. Keeping busy is a great way to keep homesickness at bay.
  9. Give yourself a year  – Before deciding that this city isn’t for you, make sure you stay a year first. You might end up really enjoying your time and if you leave, you might regret it.
  10. Job hunt! – Getting a new job is a great way to fill your time as well as help you earn some extra cash, it can really help you settle in.

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