The Buddy Scheme is a peer to peer support scheme coordinated by the Students’ Union that aims to help new students settle in to life at University and in Kent.

Starting at University can be daunting whether it’s leaving the family home, moving to a busy city like Canterbury, or moving country altogether! Getting used to a new way of life is exciting but can leave some students feeling a bit isolated. That’s why the University of Kent and Kent Union started the Buddy Scheme, which is a peer support scheme with many added social opportunities. The Buddy Scheme is run by Kent Union and helps incoming students settle into life at Kent by matching them with current students who provide informal support by regularly meeting up and sharing their experiences and tips. The scheme offers the opportunity to make new friends from all walks of life and be a part of something that celebrates diversity in an informal, fun and sociable way. The scheme is open to everyone and encourages interaction between student groups who otherwise may not have spent time together.