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Students' union

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, 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 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.

Getting involved

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 volunteer with inQuire, the student newspaper; CSRfm, the UK's first community and student FM radio stations; KTV, Kent's student-run TV station; or become a Student Representative.


Students in Jobshop

Students at Jobshop

Kent Union also run jobshop@kent, which can help you find part-time or temporary work whilst studying at the University.


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.

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Last Updated: 27/02/2014