Artist's impression looking across quadrangle

Woolf College


Future postgraduate students at the University of Kent can look forward to living in one of the 544 study bedrooms which Mansell/UPP are currently constructing on the old Darwin Field site as part of a major new extension to the University's campus.

The development will be a new college for the University of Kent - its fifth and its first new college for over 35 years - accommodating postgraduate students. The £36M project comprises 544 rooms for postgraduate students, which will be completed in time for the start of the 2008/9 academic year, plus a 496-seater lecture theatre and 6 seminar rooms that will be ready before Christmas 2008.

The College will be owned and operated by UPP Limited, a specialist provider of student residences for the Higher Education market. However, the University will deal directly with students in allocating the accommodation, administering licences for their rooms and in pastoral matters, just as it does with its other students.

This is a significant project that underlines the University's commitment to its postgraduate students and its determination to grow further its already significant internationally known research activity. It will also be possible for some of the rooms to be used by part-time students and those visiting the University as part of continuing professional education or other similar activities.

Proposed new lecture theatre

The naming of the college

The new college will be named Woolf College in honour of one of the major English novelists and public intellectuals of the twentieth century.

Summary of facilities and completion dates

The four storey blocks will house a significant development of 453 en suite study bedrooms in 6 to 8 bed cluster flats. The five storey block will house a smaller development of 50 large en suites, along with 41 studio rooms.

Work on the site began in the summer of 2007 and will be handed over in phases by December 2008, with the residences being available for student occupation from September 2008.

Standard residential accommodation:

  • 450 en suite study bedrooms
  • 3 disabled access en suite study bedrooms

Enhanced residential accommodation:

  • 50 large/extended study bedrooms with shared kitchen/diner facilities
  • 40 self contained en suite studios including kitchenette
  • 1 self contained accessible en suite studio including kitchenette

Total: 544 residential rooms

Academic building:

  • 6 seminar rooms
  • 1 lecture theatre (496 seats)
  • 1 reception/foyer
  • 1 social room