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New academic year = new friends and new wellbeing opportunities

At Kent, we think mental health and wellbeing matters, and have lots on to help you settle in and find what works for you to stay well while you’re at uni.

Meeting new people

With so many new students starting each year, there are lots of initiatives at Kent to help you find your crowd.

  • Get matched to make friends: The Just Coffee and Walking Buddy schemes match students for a café meetup or a walk. This is a great way to meet someone in the same position who’d like to meet someone new.
  • Kent Union also runs a buddy scheme: they will match you with a student mentor based on common interests. This option might be better if you’d like someone to give you some more guidance.
  • Find friends online: Umii is for all Kent students, whether you are joining us in September and want to meet others beforehand, or if you are starting another year at Kent and want to make new friends! Only verified users can access the app, so you can be sure who you’re connecting with is a real student at your uni. This means you will need to use your Kent email address to register with Umii. For new students, you will need to enrol online to get your Kent email address. Download Umii now for free.
  • Come along to the Welcome Fairs on campus during Welcome Week – there’s a society for everyone, and the chances are you’ll get along with those who share your interests.
  • Find out what’s on across the Canterbury and Medway campuses during the welcome period, including games nights, karaoke, games on the lawn, speed-friending, and more.

Set up your support

Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW) are a team of professionals in mental health, neurodiversity, disability and improving access to learning for all. Get in touch with them to set up your support before you start, or at any time during the year. SSW also run various peer support groups, events and workshops throughout the year. Want to know more about what services SSW can provide for you? Watch this 3 minute video intro to Student Support and Wellbeing.

Register with a doctor

Find out about health services available for students studying on the Canterbury and Medway campuses. Do you need to plan to bring your prescription medication, or have it delivered locally? Talk to your doctor at home to check what you need to do.

Kent Union support

Find out about how Kent Union can support you, including via their Advice Service, Campus Pantry, Canterbury Nightline and more. Kent Union is here for you.

Stay up to date: #UniKentWellbeing

Check out the Wellbeing page to find out about opportunities to enhance your wellbeing at Kent throughout the year, and get support when you need it. Follow @UniKentSSW on Instagram for more wellbeing tips and resources.