Studying at university is a big change for most people. You can help ease the transition by taking care of your mental and physical health. Try some of these ideas to get started.
Build your support network
Surround yourself with supportive friends and family who will be there for you through both the ups and downs. Invest time in maintaining existing relationships through video calls or meetups, and be open to meeting new people on campus.
There are also peer support groups and one-to-one appointments available to help provide you with a sense of community at Kent, whatever your circumstances. Find out more on the Student Support and Wellbeing pages.
Starting a new chapter in your life can be thrilling, but it may also bring uncertainties. Remember, it takes time to adjust to your new environment, and feelings of homesickness or loneliness are normal.
Reach out and share your experiences with fellow students – you’ll likely find many others who can relate. University life offers an opportunity to explore new hobbies, join societies at Canterbury or Medway, and immerse yourself in the vibrant Kent community.
Don’t forget your physical health
You can also explore the beautiful green spaces and woodland trails on the Canterbury campus – they’re perfect for walking or cycling. If you’d like to be matched with another student for a walk on campus or to meet in a café, consider signing up for the Walking Buddy or Just Coffee schemes.
Also, make sure to register with a local GP to access physical healthcare and advice whenever needed.
University life can sometimes feel overwhelming, but there are strategies to regain balance.
- Take advantage of the team of expert mental health professionals available to you throughout your time at Kent.
- Explore resources and regular meetings of the Mindfulness Society to cultivate a sense of calm.
- Tap into the academic support provided by the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) for workshops on enhancing study skills.
Remember, the Student Support and Wellbeing team is here to ensure you have a fulfilling and successful journey at Kent. Stay connected and informed by following @UniKentSSW on Instagram for the latest information and resources to support your wellbeing.