Below is a pretty comprehensive guide to what to expect Freshers Week 2014 and throughout the year. I've listed the major club nights/events attended by Kent Uni students throughout the year - with links so you can check it all out on Facebook.
NOTE: Kent Union, Student Republic and all other event promoters will be releasing their specific events in the coming weeks so will update as and when things come online!
GENERAL OVERVIEW (VENUES):
The Venue is one of the largest nightclubs in the city and is situated directly on the University of Kent campus, no more than a five minutes walk from any student accommodation (even Parkwood!). It opens every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday each week, alongside big one-off events throughout the year, and is generally rammed at each event for the first term. Although it's open every night during Freshers Week, many students will check out everything going on in town for a bit of a change.
|| Flirt (Weds at Venue) || Known affectionately as 'Vensday', Wednesdays are a bit of an institution and expect to see all the sports teams out in force drinking snakebite and dressed up in fancy dress. Super cheap entry if you get in early. www.facebook.com/VenueKent
|| TREND (Friday at Venue) || Now one of the biggest student nights around, Student Republic took over Fridays last year with a house/electronic night complete with CO2 cannons, fireworks and giant inflatable balloons they throw into the crowd. www.facebook.com/StudentRepublic
|| SOAP (Saturdays at Venue) || Busy night with cheesy music and mad themes. Expect to get covered in gunk while dancing to S Club 7 - arrive early for cheap entry.
|| Student Republic presents... (One-Off) || Worth keeping an eye out for, Student Republic brought Professor Green down to the Venue for a live show back in 2013. Check their website for any announcements: www.studentrepublic.net
Probably the favourite Kent club after the Venue itself - Cuban is sat in the middle of the High Street, and finds itself somewhere between a bar and a club. Monday nights are the big student event, with weekends generally being busy with locals but drinks being much more expensive!
|| Student Republic at The Cuban (Mondays) || Arrive early to get in as the queues can be extremely long in the first few weeks (might be worth investing in a queue-jump card for £10 which lasts the whole year). Three rooms open and two terraces which are good for socialising! Go on the SR website for guestlist to get in the shorter queue. www.studentrepublic.net
At the bottom of the High Street, Chill is pretty much open every night with cheap drinks during the week and expensive at the weekends.
|| Glitterbomb (Every other Tuesday) || The only LGBT night in Canterbury.
|| Alphabeats (Wednesdays) || Run by the same people who do SOAP, Alphabeats generally attracts the local colleges for messy themes and cheesy music. Drinks are cheap.
|| Totally Wired (Monthly Thursdays) || Pretty much the only indie night in Canterbury and runs once a month.
THE OLD BREWERY TAVERN
Technically more of a bar/pub than a club, the Tavern is only really known for it's massive Thursday night (Jager Rocks). Weekends are busy but expensive, and generally attracts locals.
|| Jager Rocks (Thursdays) || With super-cheap Jagerbombs (£1!) and loads of students, it's no surprise that this club night (run again by Student Republic) made national press with 5,000 jagerbombs were sunk in one night. It's never been as popular since, with ridiculously huge queues every week. Write on the event wall on Facebook for £2 entry and it's well worth investing in an SR Card (queue-jump card) if you don't want to wait around for an hour to get in.
The official sponsor of Canterbury Christ Church University and set outside the city centre. Generally seen as a 'Christ Church club'. Taxi's are about £7 from campus. Weekends are expensive.
|| Tease (Weds) || The official Christ Church Uni sports night.
|| Friday Night Project (Fridays) || Just the top floor of Chem, cheap drinks (around £2).
Canterbury has a load of pubs dotted all around the city centre, along with a few decent bars in town and on campus. This list would be huge, so I've just mentioned the main ones:
THE PENNY THEATRE (Town)
Part of the 'Scream' pubs, the Penny is probably the biggest student pub in town with cheap drinks, cheap food and a wicked atmosphere. Thursdays is their 'Quids' night - students pile in for £1 drinks before heading to Jager Rocks.
Probably the best bar on campus, K-Bar is situated in Keynes College and hosts a big house/electronic night on a Thursday which can get extremely busy.
Situated in deep, dark Parkwood; Woodys is a favourite with the college sports teams and Kent sports fans alike. Expect a busy and electric atmosphere weekends when the football/rugby is on. Cheap food as well!
Famed for their curly fries, Origins is tucked away in Darwin College and hosts a decent little indie night on a Tuesday called Ruby Tuesdays. Decent food (Mexican) throughout the week.
In Eliot College, Mungos puts on 'Magic Mungos' every Friday with a dj until about 1am. A good place to start before heading to TREND at the Venue. Look out for 'Massive Mungos' when they transform Eliot Hall into a gian school-disco around once a term.
THE JOLLY SAILOR (Town)
Home of many of the local sports clubs, it's one of the best places to watch any Irish football or rugby.
THE BALLROOM (Town)
Probably the most upmarket of the Canterbury bars, Ballroom is probably the most like the 'West End' you're going to get in Canterbury with drink prices to match.
THE LADY LUCK (Town)
The home of the Kent Rock Society, if you're into your heavy metal and rock then this is the place to be.
THE MARLOWE STUDIO (Town)
Arguably the best 'music' venue in the city, City Sound Project organisers (see below) open up this hidden venue rarely for a big show with a top quality international DJs. Venue is intimate so grab tickets quick if you want to get in! See www.facebook.com/codekent for upcoming shows.
OTHER EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
CITY SOUND PROJECT
The biggest music festival in Canterbury, held every Winter and Summer in various venues around the city. Well worth grabbing tickets to if you can - previous acts include Bastille, George Ezra, Duke Dumont & Gorgon City. Student tickets can be as little as £30 for the entire weekend - www.citysoundprojectuk.com
Student Republic also put on a big student weekend trip to Amsterdam at the start of each term - something me and my housemates do each year now! It's about £130 for the whole trip, with the only downside being the long coach there. Trips are usually advertised from the start of the term: www.studentrepublic.net
Runs every term and is basically a pub crawl around Canterbury of which you pay £10 for the t-shirt. You'll usually find someone selling tshirts in your halls.
THAMES BOAT PARTIES
Again Student Republic run a yearly boat party on the Thames. I haven't been yet but I hear it's good! Tickets are between £20 - 30 and include the coach from Canterbury.
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