Once you have settled into your new accommodation it would be a good time to explore Kent and the support services on offer.
Support with your studies
Studying for a degree is very different to studying at school. You have a lot more control over your learning and greater independence.
You will also be asked to do things you’ve never had to do before (eg referencing in a certain way, dissertations, vivas…) this is where the Student Learning and Advisory Service (SLAS for short) steps in.
SLAS can help you with everything from perfecting your essay writing to learning how to reference properly. You can also learn in your own time using our online guides.
Don’t forget your school is also there to help you with your studies and offer a range of study support.
Have you checked in with Student Support and Wellbeing?
If you have a disability you should contact Student Support. They can provide not only academic support but can help with funding applications.
If you’re going through a difficult time or just don’t feel happy – staff in our Wellbeing Team are always available to listen.
They also run a series of well-being workshops to help you get the best out of University life.
From money worries to getting on with your housemates, Kent Union’s Advice Centre is available to help. All advice is free to Kent students – so make the most of it!
Kent has its own NHS general practice on campus. There’s also an independent pharmacy next door, so you don’t have to go far when you’re feeling under the weather.
If you need any medical advice, treatment of a minor illness/injury or contraceptive advice, you can visit the ‘drop-in’ Nursing Services on central campus next to Campus Security.
When you arrived at Kent you automatically joined a college. Your Master’s Office is there to give advice and can be used as a first port of call for any questions you may have.
You can also get advice and support from your Student College Community Life Officers and Assistants who work in the colleges and the community. This could include offering assistance if you are concerned about a flatmate, being disturbed by noise or there are problems with untidiness in your shared accommodation.
University Chaplains run a wide range of religious and social events (including a very festive carol service in the Cathedral). They are also a good contact for advice and support.
As well as all the other support services available to students, international students can visit International Team in the Registry Building. They can help with any international related queries and run a series of cultural events.
The Vice-President (Welfare and Community) officer at Kent Union campaigns on well-being related matters so if students have any queries or issues they would like to discuss they can contact them directly.