10 Things College Students Miss Most When They’re Away From Home

Being away from home at college is a great opportunity for students to learn about themselves and gain independence while emerging into adulthood. While it may seem like college students LOVE everything about college, there are several things at home that college students miss while they are at school. 

College students miss their pets when they are away at college. (Twenty20 @ilona.shorokhova)

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1. Home-cooked meals 

We miss our parent’s cooking while we are away at school. One of my favorite parts of coming home is having a warm home-cooked meal with my family. It’s great being able to have family dinners and eat together. At college, it can be challenging to coordinate with friends when to eat at the dining hall, and the food at the dining hall is never as good as a home-cooked meal. Also, being able to go into the cupboard, find tons of ingredients, and cook whatever I feel like is another convenient and enjoyable benefit of being at home. 

2. Our pets 

Seeing our pets excited to see us anytime we walk in the door makes our day! My dogs are always thrilled when I come home — they sprint towards me with their tails wagging back and forth and jumping up and down like they haven’t seen me in years, even if it’s only been a short period of time. Being away from our pets is one of the hardest parts of living at college because my dogs always cheer me up if I’m sad and put me in a good mood. 

3. Our favorite place to eat

Almost every college student has that one place in their hometown that they miss going to — whether it’s a coffee shop, restaurant, or ice cream shop. For me, it is my favorite sushi restaurant. In high school, I would go to this restaurant weekly. Even just walking downtown in my hometown while home for the holidays truly made me appreciate my city and its diverse food options. 

4. Having a car 

Having a car means the freedom to go wherever we want, whenever we want. Many college students don’t have a car until either junior or senior year (if at all.) Not having a car means walking, biking, or Ubering everywhere, which is less convenient. But it’s also good because more time is spent on campus with other students. 

5. Our bed

If you noticed your college student sleeping in a little extra or spending their days relaxing in their bed over break, our beds at our university are nowhere near as comfy or cozy. I spend an extra 30 minutes in my bed in the mornings when I visit home because it’s so much snugger than my bed in the dorms or my apartment. 

6. The shower 

I take extra long showers whenever I am home from college because the water pressure is much better at home than at college. Plus, we don’t have to wear shower shoes or carry a shower caddy to and from the bathroom while we are at home. Overall, it is much more relaxing showering than a shared bathroom in my home.

7. Friends from our hometown 

This is especially hard during the first year of college because it is the first time our hometown friends don’t live within a 15-minute drive of us. We live thousands of miles apart and only see each other over breaks. And FaceTime is just not the same as hanging out with someone in person. 

8. Privacy 

I shared a room at college, as did many other students. One of the best things about being home is having my room because I can watch videos or listen to music out loud and sleep in as late as I want without worrying about being an annoyance to my roommate. I enjoy coming home and spending time in my childhood bedroom. It is very nostalgic, but I love it. 

9. Our siblings 

Although we may act like we don’t, we miss our siblings very much at college! It is weird going from seeing them every day to rarely seeing them. I miss eating together, shopping, going to the movies, and always having someone to hang out with who wants to go places with me. Most friendships will never fully replicate the siblings’ relationship and the bond of growing up together, so living away from home is tough. 

10. Our parents

Our parents are our main support system, and being away from them is hard. Believe it or not, we truly miss our parents while away at school! Some of the main things I miss are walking into the living room and having a conversation, watching TV together, or going for a walk together. 

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About Madeleine Korn

Madeleine Korn is a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. In the 2019 to 2020 school year, she was the advertising director for The Bottom Line newspaper at UC Santa Barbara. Prior to that, she was an intern for United Airlines in both 2018 and 2019, where she was involved in projects to improve the customer experience. She loves writing and creating videos and really enjoys working for Grown and Flown!

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