Your relationships

Further information

  • Take the Consent Matters course
  • Getting sexual consent
  • Mental Health First Aid Training

Websites for useful information, tips and support for relationship issues.

Our aim is to facilitate behaviour development and improve knowledge and skills around relationship issues so students have a positive mental and emotional approach to learning and study.

  1. Relationships at university
  2. Relationships in a new country
  3. Being comfortable in your own skin
  4. Keeping the spark alive in your relationship

Relationships at university

It is pretty common for university students to start new relationships, experience relationship break-ups and/or date different people while at university.

It can sometimes be tricky to juggle a relationship, study and other non-university commitments, but it is not impossible. It just takes some good planning and time management skills. Mentally Healthy Campus Strategy can provide some useful tips on how to manage your time more effectively to fit in things like a new relationship without sacrificing study and other aspects of your life.

If you're feeling anxious, confused or upset by any relationship issues (whether it be breaking up with someone or getting up the courage to ask someone out), there is help available.

You can make an appointment to visit the UWA Counselling Service where you can talk to someone confidentially about these issues. You can visit or contact any of the support services available

Relationships in a new country

Starting a new relationship, leaving an existing one or being in a long-distance relationship when you first come to Australia from another country can have its difficulties. It is not uncommon to feel confused, anxious, lonely or sad. It takes time to adjust to changes like these, so allow yourself time to settle in.

It may help to talk to someone about your feelings, perhaps a close friend or an advisor at your hall of residence, but if you would like to talk to someone else about how you're feeling, there is a free Counselling Service at UWA for students. 

Being comfortable in your own skin

Being in a relationship can be great, but being single can also be a lot of fun too.

There is often a lot of pressure placed on people to be in a relationship, and a misconception perpetuated by media and society, that you can only really be happy if you're in a relationship, and that if you're single something is lacking in your life. However, being single is a great opportunity to learn more about yourself – who you are and your likes / dislikes, to grow as a person, expand your interests and hobbies, develop and strengthen friendships, and take new directions in your life. This can bring you a lot of exciting new experiences and make you more comfortable and happy with who you are.

Loving yourself and who you are will in turn help you foster a healthy relationship when the right person does come along (when and if you're ready and willing!)

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Keeping the spark alive in your relationship

  1. Make your partner feel special, loved and appreciated because you really want to.
  2. Spend time alone together – take a day to do something spontaneous and fun together.
  3. Write messages to each other to let each person know what you like about them and how they make you feel. (An unexpected text msg or a note in their bag or pocket are nice ideas.) 
  4. Have a dedicated 'date night' each week or month.
  5. Pamper each other (maybe a foot massage or a delicious dessert).
  6. Go on a relaxing mini-holiday together.
  7. Write a wish list of activities you would like to do together – place them in a suggestion box for each person to pick out and do with the other.
  8. Spend some time apart and then enjoy how good it feels when you get together again.
  9. Try something new together – like learning a language, joining a club or taking up a sport – and support each other through the new challenges.
  10. Always continue communicating with each other.

If you're experiencing any relationship-related issues, try talking to a friend, sibling or parent, you'll be amazed how much better it feels to get it off your chest. But if you would prefer to talk to someone anonymously or would like some advice, assistance or information from a relationship professional, there are services both on and off the UWA campus that are available to you.

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