The guardian is a paper that I like and I would like to share this articlel from the very same news paper. I thought it was interesting
"All this will only be true, however, if you pluck up the courage to go out. Studying abroad can be a lonely experience, especially in the first few weeks. You do therefore need to make the effort and attend foreign student get-togethers, or to get in touch with that friend of a friend with whom you have nothing in common but temporary geography."