As you adjust to life at King’s, you may experience feelings of homesickness and loneliness from time to time. It’s important to know that many students will also experience this too, and that there are many resources available to help you alleviate these feelings. This article will give you an overview of the many resources you can access.
In this article:
- What is the W curve?
- Support groups at King’s
- Making new friends at University
- Online resources at King’s
- Support on campus you can access remotely
- Additional resources
Joining a student group at King’s
What is the W Curve?
The W curve highlights the key stages of transition that many students experience during their first year at University and gives you helpful tips on how to adjust to and overcome each stage.
Support groups at King's
Positive Peers are student partners of who promote positive mental health and wellbeing for all students at King’s. Throughout the academic year, Positive Peers support a wide range of wellbeing outreach activities and workshops designed to empower and encourage students to take a proactive approach when looking after their physical and mental wellbeing. For information on how the Positive Peers can support you, take a look at Who are the Positive Peers?
At KCLSU, there are nearly 300 societies, sports and academic groups where you can meet and engage with members across our student community.
From the ‘DJ society’ to the ‘IoPPN Forum’ there are a wide range of groups that you can join! Find out more information on:
- Joining a Student Media group
- Joining a Student Network
- Joining an Activity group
- Joining a Sports Club
- Joining an Academic Association
Making new friends at University
Below are some helpful resources you can use to help you meet and connect with new friends at University:
- Student space have some helpful tips and useful suggestions on making friends online, building a network and managing conflict throughout the pandemic
- Our Belonging and community webpages have more information on the various communities at King’s you can join, such as the Climate Action Network, Cultural champions and many more.
- At home in Cultural London is an online extracurricular experience that has been designed to connect you to London, and King's through culture, and could be a great way to connect with other students through group discussions and live creative workshops.
Online resources at King's
- The King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU) Wellbeing Hub has a wealth of resources and activities to help you to boost your wellbeing throughout your studies.
- Every year, KCLSU hold a wide range of activities and campaigns across all campuses, all of which have been inspired by the ‘King’s 5 Ways to Wellbeing’. Take a look at our article What wellbeing events are run by KCLSU? for more information on how you can get involved virtually.
- King's College London also offers an online support service called Togetherall, which is a safe and anonymous online space you can go to if you’re feeling down, struggling to cope or just want to talk to people who understand what you’re going through. Take a look at our article What online mental health support does King's provide for guidance on using Togetherall.
Support on campus you can access remotely
- Campus Conversations is an initiative at King's that aims to connect students to have meaningful conversations with others within with community, gain useful skills, and feel part of the wider King’s community.
How can I sign up to the scheme?
To sign up, you’ll need to complete a web form on the Campus Conversation webpages.
- The Chaplaincy is made up of friendly Chaplains ordained from different faiths who provide support for all students and staff at King’s of all faiths, and none.
- The Dean's Office & Chaplaincy is working remotely and is available via email.
- Chaplaincies are open for pre-arranged 1:1 appointments with a Chaplain only. Chapels, Quiet Rooms and Prayer Rooms, and Muslim Prayer Rooms are closed until further notice. Please visit our Chaplaincy webpages for more information.
- Your Personal tutor at King’s can provide support and guidance throughout your studies, our article What will happen with my personal tutoring in Semester 1 of 2020-21 for more information on how your personal tutor can support you.
For international students:
- Our Advice and Guidance team can provide you with support and guidance on settling into life in the UK, and a range of other international student concerns
- Take a look at How can I meet other international students at King’s for more information on how to connect with International student ambassadors at King’s.
Additional resources you can access include:
- Save the Student
- Coping with homesickness a student
- Student Space is here to make it easier for you to find the support you need during the coronavirus pandemic
Important to know: Our Mental health & wellbeing category include a wealth of articles on how you can look after your wellbeing throughout your studies.