Students can feel lonely, depressed or stressed out by exams. Keeping an eye on your health can make a big difference and keep the uni experience fun and uplifting.

Drinking, takeaways, homesickness – there are all sorts of temptations and risks that can affect your wellbeing at uni. Keeping an eye on your health can make a very big difference and stop the uni experience taking its toll on your mind and body.

'Mens sana in corpore sano'

Or in English, a healthy mind in a healthy body. Keeping yourself in good condition is essential if you want to get the most from studying. Diet plays a huge part in keeping you fit and well. Though it's tempting to eat what you like, a high-fat or high-sugar diet will affect your body badly. Too much processed and fast food is likely to make you feel tired and sluggish. Eating healthily is easier (and cheaper) than you might think. Buy simple, fresh ingredients and try to cook meals from scratch.

Let's get physical

Most universities have fantastic sports facilities – so use them! At the University of Greenwich there are gyms, a swimming pool, an athletics track and a fantastic new sports and teaching centre either on campus or in walking distance. Then there's an array of sports clubs from netball and rugby to archery, cheerleading and lacrosse. All are open to both new and experienced members.

Looking after your mental health

Going to uni can be a very difficult time – especially if you're living away from home. Students can feel lonely and depressed, as well as stressed out by exams and coursework. If you feel unhappy in any way, it's important to speak to someone. Keep in touch with friends and family so you have love and support. If you feel you need help or want to talk, look up your Student Wellbeing service. Never dismiss your feelings or think they're not important. Student Wellbeing services are there to listen and help.