How Kent can help you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions through 2019 into 2020

Sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions can be hard, but at the University of Kent, we have everything you need to carry on with your Resolutions throughout 2019 and into 2020. We’ve put together some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions and how Kent can help you stick to them.

Get fitter

At Kent there are plenty of opportunities to improve your fitness in a fun, supportive and inclusive environment. With over 50 official sports teams, a wide range of taught exercise classes, state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facilities, and an exciting calendar of ‘Let’s Play’ activities, there’s something for everyone.

Plus, Kent Sport host a range of social sporting events throughout the year including, UV Roller Discos, the Santa Run and Bubble Football to name a few, with many events free for students.

Click here to learn more about Kent Sport.


Eat healthier

Kent’s Canterbury Campus is home to a variety of restaurants, bars. shops and eateries, offering a diverse range of on campus cuisine. The Sibson Café, based in Sibson, home to the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science (SMSAS), serves healthy, balanced dishes which include lots of fresh vegetables, lean protein, and low GI carbs.

All of the outlets on campus, offer healthy dishes and vegan and vegetarian options, making it easy to dine out with friends.

Click here for more information about Kent’s bars and restaurants.


Learn a new skill or hobby

University provides a perfect opportunity to try something new. Kent is home to more than 150 different Student Societies, 30 Student Community Action Groups, Kent Tech, Kent Raise and Give and Kent Student Media, providing you with hundreds of opportunities to try something new, meet new people, make a difference and boost your employability. There’s a student group for pretty much everything, but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can set up your own society.

Click here to browse Kent’s Student Societies.


Improve wellbeing

Your wellbeing is important to us at Kent, and our specialist Student Support and Wellbeing Team offers a wide range of free services to ensure that you can maintain a good sense of wellbeing throughout your time at university.

Alongside specialist personal support, the Team organises a comprehensive calendar of free events, including the annual Wellbeing Festival and regular wellbeing workshops and activities.

Click here for more information about Student Support and Wellbeing at Kent.

In addition to these events and services, the School also offers a range of support and activities to enhance your wellbeing, organised by SMSAS’s Student Support Manager. Click here for more information about Student Support in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science.


Read more

Kent has three libraries containing over 1.1 million books and journals, thousands of e-books, e-journals and databases, over 2,300 study spaces and over 760 fixed PCs and over 200 laptops; Providing you with plenty of spaces and resources to read more this year.

The Templeman Library at the Canterbury Campus underwent an extensive refurbishment, including a 5,000 square meter extension, completed in 2017; providing more student study spaces, seminar rooms, digital classrooms and a lecture theatre.

Click here to learn more about library services at Kent.


Learn a new language

Alongside studying in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science at Kent, you can learn a new language. There are many ways to learn a new language at Kent;

  • Learn from another student informally: Students from all around the world study at Kent, so there are plenty of opportunities to meet students from different countries, join special interest student societies and learn to speak a new language with help from your new friends
  • Learn from students formally: Kent’s Language Exchange programme offers students the chance to socialise and meet other students from around the world with the aim of learning a new language and practising your language skills with another student. Click here for more information about Language Exchange
  • Learn formally through a taught course: You can study a language formally as a paid extra-curricular module, that will appear on your degree transcript.  Click here for more information about paid language modules.


Travel more

Kent’s Canterbury Campus is perfectly placed if you’re a keen traveller or if you’re looking to travel more this year.Ashford International is just a short train journey away, providing you with fantastic access into mainland Europe via the Eurostar.

Locally, Canterbury is well-connected with stunning coastal towns all a short journey away by bus, bike or train, with the Highspeed Train taking you into London city centre in under an hour.

If you’re not sure where to visit first, Kent’s student Travel Society, host frequent affordable student trips to a wide range of locations.

If you’re looking for adventure, you can complete charity challenges with the support of Kent Raise and Give, including Gorilla Trekking in Uganda, Climbing to Everest Base Camp, cycling from London to Paris, and Escape and Evade, where you see how far you can travel for free within a set period of time.

Other societies also offer opportunities to travel! Don’t forget to check out the travel discounts for students.