Studying at university is a big change for most people, but you can help ease the transition by remembering to take care of your mental and physical health.
- Build a support network
We all need supportive friends and family to talk to to share the difficult moments as well as the good times. It’s a good idea to invest some time in maintaining your existing networks by making video calls or real-life dates, as well as making an effort to meet new people at university, whether you are a commuting student or living away from home.
There are specialist peer support groups and one-to-one appointments available to help provide you with a sense of community at Kent, whatever your circumstances. Information can be found via the dedicated pages on support services and networks for care leavers, mature, commuting and part-time students, international students, and autistic students.
See what’s on via the Welcome events calendar, check out events hosted by your academic division, or take a look at the Student Support and Wellbeing events calendar for weekly peer groups and workshops.
- Coping with change
Transitions are hard – although it can be exciting to move to a new area or start a new course, it can be unsettling to find yourself building up routines and networks from scratch.
Remember that it can take time to adjust to your new situation and feelings of homesickness or loneliness will likely ease. If you can share how you’re doing with others around you, you’re likely to find many people are experiencing similar feelings, and together you can create a community to look out for one another. You will be studying alongside a diverse community with many different interests and backgrounds, so it can be a great opportunity to explore new hobbies and find your tribe.
- Don’t forget your physical health
The Canterbury campus has a lot of green spaces and woodland trails to explore on foot or by bike, and if you want to find a new friend to walk with, you could sign up to ‘Walking Buddies’ via the Student Support and Wellbeing Events Calendar.
It’s a good idea to register with a GP (general practitioner, or medical doctor) in your area, so you can access physical health care and advice when you need to.
- Feeling stressed?
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, here are some things you might explore to help regain balance:
- Talk it through – we have a team of expert mental health professionals available free of charge throughout your time at Kent
- There is an active Mindfulness Society at Kent – check out their resources or try one of their weekly meetings
- Need some help with academic work? The Student Learning Advisory Service, or SLAS, organise lots of workshops to upskill you in many areas of academic work such as referencing, taking effective notes, and organisation and time management.
Student Support & Wellbeing provide free expert support to help all students make the most of their time at Kent. Follow @UniKentSSW on social media for the latest information and resources to help you stay well and connected.