Students' union

Kent Union

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Kent Union, the students’ union at Canterbury, is run ‘by the students, for the students’. The Student Leadership Team and the Student Representatives work for you within Kent Union, the University and the wider community. They ensure your voice is heard and that you get the most out of your University experience.

As a student of the University of Kent at Canterbury, you are automatically a member of Kent Union and you are entitled to access all of our services, including representation, activities, employability, welfare and Kent Union outlets.

The Union also runs Home Stamp, a free service to help you to search for approved accommodation in Canterbury.


Kent Union provides many student activities including sports societies, volunteering and student media. With a wide range of societies covering academic, cultural, performance, political, professional, religious and special interests, and sports societies ranging from athletics and dance to martial arts and watersports; there is something for everyone.

Kent Union offers you the opportunity to enhance your CV and gain experience through volunteering, both on and off campus. You can volunteer within the Union, giving your time at InQuire, Kent’s student newspaper; CSRfm one of the UK’s first community and student FM radio stations; and KTV, Kent’s student-run TV station. You can also work toward a Kent Student Certificate in Volunteering (KSCV) by logging your hours on the toolkit.

Facilities and entertainment

The Venue, run by Kent Union, is a student nightclub located in the centre of campus, which plays host to a variety of entertainment to suit every genre of music. Recently refurbished, The Venue has two floors of state-of-the-art design, sound and lighting where you can dance the night away. Kent Union also runs Woodys, a traditional sports-themed pub serving tasty home-made food in the heart of Park Wood and the Library Café, which serves coffee, snacks and light lunches. Shops on campus run by Kent Union include Essentials, one of the biggest students’ union shops in the UK and Park Wood Essentials, which sell the usual convenience-shop goods. Unique, sells University of Kent clothing and memorabilia online and in Essentials.


Students in Jobshop

Students at Jobshop

Jobshop is a service run by Kent Union to help you find part-time or temporary paid work while you study and gain employability skills. You can log your jobs on the toolkit and build your CV.


Kent Union offers you the opportunity to enhance your CV and gain work experience by getting involved with volunteering. This can be anything from tutoring, working with the elderly, conservation activities or stewarding at concerts. Kent Union can arrange local placements that fit in with your studies.

Visit the Careers pages within this section or go direct to the Kent Union Volunteering Portal for more information.


Kent Union’s Advice Centre offers free, confidential and impartial advice for students at Kent. They offer drop-in sessions, telephone consultations, bookable appointments, or email advice on a range of topics.

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The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T: +44 (0)1227 764000

Last Updated: 16/03/2015