Culture shock and change
If you feel you are suffering with homesickness, loneliness or culture shock, don't worry it is normal and there is help available.
- Contact home but be careful how much time you spend doing this. Getting a balance is important.
- Keep familiar things around you that make you feel at home.
- Keep a journal of your experiences and reflect on your thoughts and feelings. This can be an effective way of to cope with a new culture.
- Read and learn about your new culture. This may help you understand it better. The Arts and Social Sciences Library has a section on British culture.
- Join the Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Group who can help you feel less isolated by language and cultural barriers.
- Find out more about living in the UK from GB Mag
- Read the UK council for International Student Affairs advice on dealing with culture shock.
Look after yourself
- Exercise regularly. Join a club or society, keeping healthy and mixing with new people.
- Find out what health care services you can use while you are here in the UK. Read our Students' Health Service leaflet for International Students (PDF, 722kB)
- The Chinese Mental Health Association specialises in providing community-based mental health assistance and support to the Chinese community in the UK.
- Get involved with over 300 societies and sports clubs, ranging from music and dance to politics and food and drink
- Join the International Students' Network to make friends.
- Come to the Bristol International Student Centre to meet international students, get information and advice and find out about events.
- For some students, linking with a faith community can help you feel at home. The Multifaith Chaplaincy welcomes students of all faiths (or no faith).
Our peer mentoring service can put you in touch with a current student during the first few months here who can show you around and help you settle in. Find out more about peer mentoring.
We have a range of other support services available to help you while you are with us in Bristol
Ask for help
Do not be worried about asking for help. At home you might not consider taking this step but in the UK it is quite normal and may be of help when familiar support is missing.
Other support and services
There are a number of other counselling services in Bristol who can help you. They are free or low cost.
Our Health and Wellbeing pages offer support and advice on all aspects of life as a student.
Big White Wall
Big White Wall helps you to get support, take control and feel better when you are anxious, low or not coping.
The online service is free, available 24/7 and completely anonymous.
- Chat to other members who may be experiencing the same things as you
- Access a range of tools to help you self-manage
- Set goals and track progress
- Access articles, videos and online courses.