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Our Canterbury campus overlooks the city and is set in 300 acres of beautiful Kent parkland. It offers first-class study resources set among green and tranquil open spaces, as well as cafés, bars and entertainment venues, including a nightclub, theatre, top-quality sports facilities. It’s just a 25 minute walk into the city centre, less than an hour’s train journey from London and is also within easy reach of Paris, Brussels, Lille and the rest of Europe.

Kent’s Medway campus delivers professionally focused programmes supported by state-of-the-art study facilities on The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The campus has award-winning buildings, atmospheric cafés and a new student hub, creating a lively social life and a great sense of community. There is also student accommodation as part of a riverside development. All within easy reach of London and from nearby Ebbsfleet, to continental Europe via Eurostar.

In addition to our UK campuses, we have specialist study centres in some of the most exciting and historic cities in Europe. You can study for a UK degree full-time in Brussels, Paris and Athens or for a term abroad in Rome and Paris.

Library and study facilities
Both our libraries in Canterbury and at Medway provide easy access to academic material and the latest research. As well as holding over 1.1 million books, journals and multimedia, there is a vast range of e-books and e-resources. Kent’s expert librarians can also help you to make the most of these to find the information you need.

We provide IT equipment as well as training and support to help you make the most of the facilities available. There are hundreds of PCs across our campuses, which are fully Wi-Fi-enabled (as is the inter-campus shuttle bus). And even when studying off campus, you have access to the network and its resources.

Careers service
Kent’s award-winning Careers and Employability Service (CES) will help you to develop your transferable skills, gain relevant work experience and access our online mentoring and networking tool to get a first-hand insight into graduate careers. The annual Employability Festival provides over 200 hours of employability events and activities, and brings over 150 graduate recruiters to the University. We can also help you apply successfully for jobs, placements and internships as well as advise on writing a CV and covering letter, completing application forms, preparing for interview and practising aptitude tests.

Student Union
Kent Union provides many student activities, including sport, volunteering and opportunities to get involved in student media like the student run newspaper, radio station and television station. It also runs a wide range of societies covering academic, cultural, performance, political, professional, religious and special interest, as well as sports clubs ranging from athletics and dance to martial arts and American football so there’s loads to get involved with!

Sport is an important part of the student experience at Kent and allows many new students to forge friendships which last a lifetime. We offer a wide range of accessible facilities, allowing you to take part in our sporting activities, whether you are a beginner or an expert. There are also over 50 student sports clubs run by Team Kent, and students with outstanding sporting ability can apply for sports scholarships of between £300 and £5,000.

Financial aid
At Kent we have committed £7.5m in bursaries, scholarships, grants and awards for our undergraduate students and have one of the most generous financial support schemes in the UK for eligible students. We also offer a £2,000 scholarship in recognition of academic excellence, as well as generous scholarships for achievement in sport and music. In addition, we have a number of sponsored awards, scholarships for international students and a loyalty discount scheme.


Food and Drink
We are proud of the diverse choice available when it comes to eating on our campuses. There’s something for everyone, with bistros serving made-to-order food, cafés for coffee breaks, freak shakes for those with a sweet tooth, and even weekly menus inspired by street food from around the world. Vegetarian, vegan and halal options are widely available on both campuses. In the evening you can enjoy the atmosphere at our various campus venues, whether that’s listening to live music, picking your brains on quiz nights, watching sporting events on big screens, or just chilling with friends over dinner – it’s up to you.

Plus, if you’re not a master chef before you arrive, then don’t worry. You can take advantage of our Flex catering package which you can use across our outlets and make savings of up to 50% over the year.



University of Kent

Living in University accommodation is an unforgettable part of your student experience. Once here, you’ll be part of a large, diverse community where there’s always someone to talk to and with a wealth of facilities, academic or social, within walking distance. We have a range of accommodation available, so if you want to cook for yourself or have your meals included, live in a modern flat or in a shared house there is something for you. Both our Canterbury and Medway campuses offer beautiful locations with the Canterbury accommodation based in green parkland overlooking the cathedral and our Medway accommodation set on the banks of the River Medway.


You can take a look around our accommodation online at

Open Days

Why come to an Open Day?
Visiting us at an Open Day is a great way to see first-hand where you could be studying and living if you apply for a place at Kent. It’s the best way to get a feeling for the atmosphere of our campuses and University and is a great opportunity to learn more about our courses, facilities and accommodation options.

We have campuses in both Canterbury and Medway, and we hold multiple Open Days at both campuses. Before planning your visit, make sure to check which campus the course you are looking to apply for is based in order to get the most out of your day.

Meet current students
At all our Open Days we have current students on hand to answer any questions you may have about the University of Kent. This is a great opportunity to get honest opinions from our students and to ask the questions that you may not wish to ask our staff. They will also be able to tell you about the student experience at Kent and what they enjoy about studying with us.

Meet staff
We also have academic and departmental staff available for each of the subjects offered at Kent at our Open Days. You can talk to them about course specifics and get to know the staff who may be teaching you. They will also be able to give you an understanding of how the course is taught, for instance information on how much of the course is lecture based, and how much includes practical elements, as well as information on how you will be assessed.

Visit the department
Many of our schools also offer the opportunity to tour their academic department at the event, so you can see the facilities and see where you could be studying. Each department also puts on subject talks where you can hear about what makes them different and what their teaching methods are like.

Tour the accommodation
We also put on accommodation tours at our Open Days, so you will be able to visit many of the accommodation options. This will help you envisage where you could live and also help you to decide which type of accommodation would suit your needs best.

Visit the surrounding area
We also recommend you take some time to visit the local area while you are here. Canterbury is a thriving historical town with many shops, clubs, and things to do in the area, including visiting Canterbury Cathedral. It also has great transport links with two train stations and multiple bus routes straight to the University and around the local area.

The Medway campus is situated on the exciting Chatham Historic Dockyard and is also close to St Mary’s Island which is part of the development area in Medway which has some lovely cafes and shops. It also has excellent transport links into London and a free bus to the Canterbury campus for students.

Other ways to visit us
If you aren’t able to visit us at our Open Day dates, don’t worry, you can visit us at a time that is more convenient for you.

We also offer self-guided tours. You can pick up a copy of our tour leaflet from the visitors reception in the registry building and use this to find out more about the University and the buildings as you walk around. As well as this we have an audio tour which you can use to hear about the university as you tour the campus.


Living here

University of Kent

Kent is not only a great place to study, it’s a great place to live. We offer excellent facilities across the campuses including a cinema, a music performing centre, a gallery, sports halls and a nightclub. We also offer excellent student support and a welcoming environment and, being the UK’s European university, we pride ourselves on having a cosmopolitan community with students of all ages and nationalities. Every day at Kent you encounter new cultures, interests and backgrounds. Your experience at university will be truly unique and will equip you for every aspect of your life and career.

Our UK campuses and European study centres are all based in or nearby lively and exciting cities. Canterbury is one of the most picturesque cities in the UK and is a cultural hub full of award winning restaurants and shopping districts, world famous historical sites, museums and nightlife. It offers an iconic and unique place to study your degree. It’s also based within acres of Kent parkland so the countryside is also right on your doorstep.

There's lots to discover too in Medway. The campus is nearby to Rochester and Chatham both with excellent facilities and fascinating histories. There are beautiful country parks and historic buildings to enjoy as well as riverside bars and restaurants. What makes Medway particularly unique is that student community includes students from Kent and other universities, which creates a lively and friendly atmosphere.

Both Canterbury and Medway are within an hour of London and just two hours from Paris, Lille and Brussels. And what’s more, many of our courses offer opportunities to study abroad at one of our European centres.

All our European centres are based within some of the most exciting and historic cities in the world. We are the only UK university to have a centre in Brussels, considered to be the ‘capital of Europe’. Studying in Brussels your classroom is the city itself. Our programmes take advantage of the inspirational location that is home to the European Union, NATO and many other international organisations. The city itself is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a truly international feel.

In Paris too, all our programmes are designed to take advantage of the location with its rich culture and history. The city has a multitude of museums, art exhibitions, archives, cinemas and world famous historical sites which we encourage our students to enjoy and take advantage of.

We also have a study centre in Rome, a city steeped with history, tradition and world class restaurants. Home to sites such as the Roman Colosseum and St Peter’s Basilica there is so much to explore when studying here. The beautiful campus offers superb views of the historic city below and is a short walk from some of the best libraries in Rome, the city’s oldest church (Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere), parks and cafés. We also offer free Italian language lessons to students studying in Rome.

Our Greek study centre is taught in the Athenian suburb of Elefsina. Based in the birthplace of civilisation, according to the Greeks and the Romans, you are close to historical sites such as the Parthenon, Ancient Corinth, Nemea and Thebes. We also offer opportunities to take part in courses in music, painting and dance while you’re studying in Athens. The region is also excellent for outdoor pursuits, with local societies for sailing, mountaineering and basketball. And in the summer you can experience Greek theatre and music at the annual Aeschlean Festival.

Term dates

University of Kent

Term dates for 2019/20

Autumn term: 16 September – 13 December
Spring term: 13 January – 3 April
Summer term: 4 May – 12 June

Contact us

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Top Questions

Do you have any famous or notable alumni?
We have loads of famous alumni but here’s a handful:

  • Alan Davies - comedian and actor
  • Tom Wilkinson OBE - actor, Oscar nominee
  • Kazuo Ishiguro - novelist, Man Booker Prize winner and Nobel Prize winner.
  • Gavin Esler - BBC Newsnight presenter
  • Ellie Goulding - singer/songwriter (did not graduate)
  • Paul Ackford - former England rugby player, The Sunday Telegraph sports journalist
  • David Lepper - former Labour Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion

What grants/scholarships do you offer? 
You can find details of all of our scholarships here:

What's university welfare and disability support like?
There’s lots of disability support at Kent. You can find details of everything here:

What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason? 
We will do everything we can to help make your time at university a positive experience. We offer a wide range of student support and you can find details here:

What social events do you offer when people first join to help people make friends and settle in?
We offer loads of events and inductions during Welcome Week. These offer a great opportunity to meet other new students, find out more about all the societies and activities you can get involved in as well as find out more about your course. To get an idea of the types of events that are held, have a look at what we did in the first few weeks of term this year:

What percentage of your students get a full time job after 6 months of graduating?
96% of graduates are in work or further study 6 months after they graduate


Travel information

The University of Kent has its main campus, administration and switchboard in Canterbury:

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