You've been here a few weeks. You’re feeling tired and could really do with a night in, but you’re feeling lots of pressure to be ‘making the most of it’, especially after not being able to do anything fun for such a long time.
If you’re looking for a quieter night, the chances are that others will feel the same. Suggest a film night, play a board game or all cook dinner together. Things will settle down as the term goes on and you’ll find a routine.
If you’re living in uni accommodation, you may also be missing home. Getting used to living with other people can take a while, and it’s absolutely OK to feel that way. Your College Life Officers are there to support you and help you adjust to living independently, so don't be afraid to get in touch with them if you're struggling.
Keep in touch with your family and friends at home to reassure yourself they are OK - maybe FaceTime or call once a week. It may be tempting to go home every weekend, but you should give yourself time to get to know your house/flatmates and the campus as this will help you feel more settled.
Make sure your room is comfortable and feels like ‘yours’. Bring your duvet and pillows, cushions, photos, a favourite lamps…all of these will make your room more cosy and familiar. There's usually a poster sale in Welcome Week too.
We've developed a module you can complete to help with your transition to studying and living in the UK.
Get to know our team, how to contact us if you need to and find out more about how we support all Kent students. We can help with:
You'll find out more at the Welcome Fairs, but societies are a great way to get some down-time and meet people
Digital Arts BA
I joined the Hogwarts Society last year, and really enjoyed it. When we start the year off, we do the sorting ceremony where everyone is sorted into whichever Hogwarts house they’re in, which is always a lot of fun!
Biochemistry with a Sandwich Year BSc
It’s a different experience living at home but I have made friends easily. I have also been to events held by the Biosciences Society and these are also a really good way of making friends while expanding your academic knowledge.
Forensic Science MSci
We have a few socials during the year to plan new events or just help each other out – most of the committee members have been there, done it. We might go to a bar, have a few drinks, play a game of pool – it’s just relaxed chill-time.
Music Performance and Production
I attend Music Society at the Deep End on a Tuesday night; it’s one of my favourite parts of the week! It’s a really fun way for all music students to socialise but also a great way to mingle with people from other courses.
I was scared, because coming to Kent wasn’t my original plan. But it was much better than I anticipated. We had a Welcome Week, and also got introduced to all the lecturers and modules. I soon realised I didn’t need to feel nervous.
Starting uni is exciting, but it can bring challenges. Student Minds, UK’s student mental health charity, have produced a guide which has some great information and advice that may help you throughout your first year.