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Hi,

I am a prospective UofK student. I have had quite a difficult life including loss of parents, estrangement from rest of family and physical abuse. I am still kind of getting better emotionally, but feel I am able to progress with my studies, but I often feel I need time alone to just process things sometimes.

Obviously, living in communal living in the first year doesn't allow much of that so:

- Are there private/individual rooms in the university library for undergraduates to study in?

- Does the off-campus accommodation in Canterbury for second and third years allow for more independent living?

- Are there places (outdoorsy etc) where you can go to be alone?

I love Canterbury itself but it's not very big and doesn't really have private spaces - the library is quite small, for example.

Cheers.
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Hi,

I think you should be able to book private study rooms in the library if that is the way you prefer to work. You do also have a private room in halls for studying in. Likewise, during your second and third years you will have your own room wherever you decide you live, and you can of course live alone should you wish. There are many places on campus where you could find to work outside that are private, the campus is big with plenty of open space, so there's plenty of opportunity to find somewhere secluded.
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If you are still emotionally fragile, then University is not a good place to be.
Change of any sort is stressful and Universities are large, busy and noisy places. If you need peace and quiet then don't got to Uni just yet. Defer a year and give yourself time to recover/heal a bit before taking on such a big change.

My younger brother was in a similar position - his best friend died very suddenly just before their A level exams. He bombed his A levels as a result and took a year out for retakes. He now admits that regardless of the retakes it was the best thing to do - he was an emotional mess and still grieving. The year out gave him time to think and get his head in the right place for Uni.
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(Original post by returnmigrant)
If you are still emotionally fragile, then University is not a good place to be.
Change of any sort is stressful and Universities are large, busy and noisy places. If you need peace and quiet then don't got to Uni just yet. Defer a year and give yourself time to recover/heal a bit before taking on such a big change.

My younger brother was in a similar position - his best friend died very suddenly just before their A level exams. He bombed his A levels as a result and took a year out for retakes. He now admits that regardless of the retakes it was the best thing to do - he was an emotional mess and still grieving. The year out gave him time to think and get his head in the right place for Uni.
I kind of agree with this as a friend of my family dropped out after a year. His father died not long before uni and he couldn't cope but he went to a different uni later and is a graduate with a decent job now. However I guess if you have family problems you may need somewhere to live. You don't have to live in hall if you think lodgings might suit better but it is better for making friends. Also I'd encourage you not to always spend time along but to seek out support at university where you can talk in confidence about this. Chaplains will support people of any faith (including none) and there will be university counselling services they could help you access, even if it's just to help you get space when you need it. https://www.kent.ac.uk/studentwellbeing/
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