The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Kent Union, the Students’ Union at Kent, is run ‘by the students, for the students’. It provides a wide variety of facilities, represents students’ interests at the University and in the wider community, and offers help, support and advice when needed.
Facilities and entertainment
The Venue and The Attic, run by Kent Union are student-only venues located in the centre of campus and play host to a variety of entertainment to suit every genre of music. Recently refurbished, The Venue is open four nights a week, offering two floors of state-of-the-art design, sound and lighting where you can dance the night away.
The Attic is the place for live entertainment including local, student bands and mainstream bands, DJs and musicians. Open five nights a week, it hosts the more niche entertainment nights such as Jazz, Comedy, Trance, Dubstep and Drum n Bass. View the full guide to what's on.
Food and drink
Kent Union also runs Woody’s, a traditional pub serving tasty homemade food in the heart of Park Wood and the Library Café serving coffee and snacks. There is also a study space in Rutherford College with study pods and refreshment facilities.
Shops on campus run by Kent Union include Essentials, one of the biggest students’ union shops in the UK, and Park Wood Essentials, where you can find everything from food to health and beauty items. It also runs Extras, an off-licence with a large selection of stationery. Recently, Kent Union opened UNIque, selling University of Kent clothing and memorabilia.
Kent Union runs many student societies from current affairs to paintball and subject-related societies, with different faiths and nationalities also well represented. The list is ever-changing.
You can also help out with inQuire, the student newspaper; at CSRfm, the UK's first community and student FM radio station; at the newly formed KTV student-run TV station; or become a course representative or a member of Union Council (Kent Union's governing body).
Kent Union also run Jobshop@kent, which can help you find part-time or temporary work whilst studying at the University.To view the range of jobs you can apply for, please visit The Kent Union Jobshop website.
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.
Did you know?
- Kent has won the Best Bar None Award for two years running.
- Kent Union currently has about 100 different societies and 40 different sports clubs.