Students can be lonely, too

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More than a quarter of Norwegian university students often feel lonely, according to a new survey commissioned by student newspaper Universitas and the Norwegian student organization NSO.

The loneliest students are in Oslo and Akershus, with 16 per cent responding that they often feel alone, and 12 per cent saying they are very often lonely. A new environment, complicated life and a lack of routine are to blame, says the newspaper.

Lars Wichstrøm, a professor of psychology at NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) in Trondheim, says the start of university studies can be an intense time socially for students.

“It’s a vulnerable phase for those who have little contact with others, and rely on others to make contact with them,” says Wichstrøm. “A close and good network guards against depression and suicidal thoughts.” staff