Thinking of Leaving

Thinking about leaving university is more common than you might think - lots of students experience feelings of uncertainty at some time or another and wonder if University is for them after all.

Leaving university is a big decision and it’s important to really think about why you want to leave before taking that step. The information below can help you understand your options and work out the best course of action for you.

I'm feeling homesick and finding it difficult to make friends

Many students coming to university feel homesick at one point or another. It could be because you’re living away from home for the first time, or it could be for lots of other reasons.

The important thing to remember is that feeling homesick is totally normal. The feelings are usually temporary and will pass after your first few weeks. In the meantime, you can find lots of suggestions for hope to cope with homesickness on our webpages.

If you are finding it difficult to meet like-minded people, try joining a club or society through the Students’ Union. There are over 300 different student groups to choose from, so hopefully you will be able to find something to suit you! Joining a club or society is a great way to meet other students in an easy and informal setting, and to get involved in a community of people who share your interests.

Alternatively, you could sign up for a Give it a Go session - these are a great way to meet new people and to try out new activities, all at the same time.

I have a medical concern that is making me consider leaving University

Speak to your own doctor or the University Health Service. Even if it’s difficult, you need to inform your department of your health concerns. A leave of absence may be suggested so that you can return to your studies at a later date.

How can I cope with the exams stresses?

There are lots of suggestions for coping with exam-related stress on the Exams webpages. You can also speak to your personal tutor about any exam support that may be available in your department, such as extra revision sessions.

What do I do if I think I may have chosen the wrong degree?

If you are having doubts about your choice of degree, you should talk to your personal tutor - they may be able to offer advice on how the course will develop, plus any modules you might be able to change so that what you’re studying is more suited to your interests.

If you do decide that you want to change degree programmes, your personal tutor will be able to advise you on how to go about this process too. You can find more information on the process and implications of changing your course on our webpages.

Additionally, you may find it useful to talk to someone in the Careers Service about how changing degree may affect your career. You can find more information on how to book an appointment at the Careers Service on their webpages.

What can I do if money worries are making me think about leaving?

The University offers support for students who are in financial difficulties. You can find more advice on how to deal with different types of money troubles, as well as details of the different types of funding available, on our “dealing with money worries” webpages.

I'm still thinking of leaving, what should I do?

There are lots of reasons that may cause you to think of leaving University. Sometimes these feelings may pass, but sometime they may not. It’s important that you make an informed decision so that you don’t regret your choice at a later stage.

The following teams can all offer you information and guidance if you are considering leaving the University:

Careers Service 0114 222 0910 careers@sheffield.ac.uk
Student Advice Centre 0114 222 8660 advice@sheffield.ac.uk
SSiD 0114 222 1299 Email service

If the information you are looking for is not included in our web pages and you aren't sure who to approach, please come to SSiD and we will try to point you in the right direction.