Canterbury Application timeline

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Accommodation application timeline

It's easy to apply for accommodation. See what you need to do and when.

So you’ve applied to study at the University of Kent's Canterbury campus and you're waiting for an offer. What's next? Apply for accommodation of course!

Where you live is a major decision so whether you'll be an undergraduate (UG) or postgraduate (PG) student use this time to get as much information as you can before you apply for accommodation. If you're not sure what accommodation is right for you, we've gathered the four questions you need to ask yourself to get started

Accommodation applications open in mid-January every year for students starting in September. Plus, if you apply before 30 June then you could be guaranteed an accommodation room offer from us!

Application advice

One top tip is to apply early as we allocate rooms based on your application date. Here Will shares more great advice for applying for accommodation at Kent.

When can I apply for accommodation?

For September 2022 starters, you can apply online from mid-January 2022.

September 2022 starters

From applying to arriving our timeline takes you through the process.

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Before you apply

Look at your options

Ask yourself what accommodation option is right for you and then take a look around our website at the room choices available that match your needs.

Top tip: Be ready for applying by looking at both en-suite and shared facilities options.

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Wednesday 19 January 2022

New student applications open

Application Page

New UG and PG students who have received a conditional or unconditional offer from Kent can submit an accommodation application

If you are interested, you can also learn more about how we allocate students to rooms and our allocation procedure.

2022 eligibility criteria
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Wednesday 19 January 2022

Returning students applications go live

Second or third year students who want to live on campus again for the next academic year can also submit an application.  

You can apply to live with friends, keep the same great benefits and the first 1,000 applications are guaranteed a room offer.

Returners accommodation
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19 January 2022

Kent and Medway Medical School (KMMS) student applications open

New undergraduate KMMS students who have received a conditional or unconditional offer from the University can apply for accommodation via a dedicated application link.  

Accommodation applications also open for returning KMMS students.

2022 eligibility criteria
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Late March/April 2022

Returning student accommodation application offers will be sent

Accommodation offers for returning students will start to be sent out in batches from late March onwards depending on your application date.  

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30 June 2022

Guaranteed accommodation offer application deadline for 2022/23

Applications for accommodation must be received by 30 June to qualify for a guaranteed offer of accommodation.

You can apply after this date but we may not be able to guarantee you a room unless we have extended our offer due to extra availability.

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17 July 2022

Deadline to change your accommodation preferences

If you are a new student, and not yet received a room offer, today is your last chance to amend your preferences within your application. Before this date you can log into your account and make amends without changing your initial application date. 

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18 August 2022

A level results day

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The University receives confirmation of A level results and makes decisions on applications. Other results may be received at different times.  

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19 August 2022 onwards*

Accommodation offers sent out

Once all conditions have been met, unconditional places are confirmed, and we complete the room allocation process we start sending out offers in batches to the email address you supplied in your application.

Offers expire seven days after being sent.

Check your account
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Mid-August 2022 onwards

Clearing

Kent's clearing webpage

UG and PG late, adjustment and clearing applicants must apply online and answer the question requesting university accommodation when prompted via the online clearing application process. 

Your details are then passed to the Accommodation Office**

Kent's Clearing pages
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August/September 2022

Pre-arrival

Visit the accommodation website for information about Arrivals and useful advice such as what to bring with you and when to arrive.

You should also read the University's Welcome pages for more information on what to do before you arrive.

Canterbury Arrivals
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Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September 2022

Arrivals Period***

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You made it! Welcome to all our new UG and PG students and we wish you all the best as you settle in and begin this new adventure

Check what to do so your keys are available for collection if you're arriving outside reception opening hours.

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19 September 2022

Welcome Week

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Join (in person and online) social activities, meet your housemates - there is so much to do. So keep an eye on Kent's Welcome pages as well as Kent Union's website to see what's going on across campus and beyond.  

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26 September 2022

Term starts

Welcome to Kent and your first week of classes! 

If you have not arrived yet or you plan to arrive after the start of term, you need to get in touch with the Accommodation Team to let us know asap to ensure your keys are available for collection.

* If you hold an unconditional offer of a place to study at the University of Kent before August, you will hear from us with an offer of a room earlier via email.


** Late, adjustment and clearing applicants, as well as late postgraduate applicants, will be offered accommodation subject to availability with applications considered in line with the stated 2022 eligibility criteria (PDF 137KB).

*** Traditional Arrivals Weekend dates have been given here for guidance. For 2021/22 we extended this period to allow for social distancing and other safety measures when moving in. We cannot yet confirm if this will happen again in 2022.

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Canterbury Arrivals

Congratulations you've accepted your offer to study at Kent and have received your room offer and we can't wait to meet you!

It can seem like there's a lot to do to get ready to arrive but if you follow our simple steps and advice you'll be ready to settle in in no time at all!