Wellbeing top tips

Wellbeing tips

Resources and ideas to get set for Kent

Get thinking before you arrive

Although it's an exciting time, starting university can feel daunting; but there are lots of things you can do before term begins put yourself in a good position to arrive at Kent.



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.

Check out the Wellbeing page to find out about opportunities to enhance your wellbeing at Kent, and get support if you need it.

And be sure to follow @UniKentSSW on Instagram for more wellbeing tips and resources.  


Meeting new people

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

  • 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, which can 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.
  • 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.

Setting 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.


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.

Need help but not sure where to go?

Nexus staff can help with any query, signposting you in the right direction.