Your first few weeks at university is one of the most exciting times of your life. Read our guidance on planning your journey and what to expect when you arrive at the Canterbury campus.

September 2020

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, we will be updating our pages continuously with the most up to date information for September 2020 arrivals plans. Please also see the:

Please note, our accommodation will be fully open in September 2020.

The Accommodation Office will be open as follows for campus accommodation assistance and queries (please note, where possible do try and contact the team via email or telephone):

5 - 20 September 2020

  • Mon-Fri: 9.00-17.00
  • Sat-Sun: 10.00-15.00

21 September 2020, onwards

  • Mon-Fri: 9.00-17.00

Documents

If you are arriving by car, you must print out an unloading permit, available from your accommodation account

On arrival, keys can be collected from your accommodation reception. Make sure that you have printed your arrival pass, available from your accommodation account.

Examples of arrival passes used in different accommodation blocks

Depending on where you live on campus this is what your arrivals pass and unloading permit should look like. You can download yours through your accommodation account.

Arrival car park postcodes

These postcodes will take you to the nearest car park. Please view the reception opening times.

Location Postcode
Darwin College and Houses CT2 7NZ
Eliot College and Becket Court CT2 7NP
Keynes College CT2 7NP
Rutherford College CT2 7NZ
Turing College CT2 7FN
Tyler Court A, B and C CT2 7NZ
Park Wood Flats CT2 7WU
Park Wood Houses CT2 7SG
Woolf College CT2 7BQ

Unloading instructions

Canterbury campus Arrivals weekend 2019

Late arrivals

For any unexpected or very late night arrivals, the University security service, Campus Security, is available 24 hours a day on +44 (0)1227 823300 to assist. 

You will need to show your accommodation arrival pass to Campus Security officers before you will be allowed into your accommodation.

Changes to your arrival date?

If your travel arrangement change, please update your arrival information and obtain a new arrival pass and unloading permit by logging into your accommodation account

If you can't arrive on your selected arrival date and are unable to your arrival information online, please contact the Accommodation Office or call + 44 (0)1227 766660. They will be able to advise you on when and how you will be able to collect your keys.

What to bring

The arrivals period is a pretty exciting time and as well as personal belongings to help you get settled into your room, below is a short checklist of some of the other useful items to bring:

  • Bedding: duvet, duvet covers and sheets (Our bed sizes are dependent on room type, please refer to your bedding sizes and information page)
  • Towels and tea towels
  • Laptop, memory sticks
  • Music/MP3 player, headphone
  • Alarm clock, or use your phone
  • Hairdryer
  • Clothes airer/coat hangers
  • Pots and pans, crockery, cutlery, glasses, food storage containers
  • Network / Ethernet cable to connect to the super-fast wired internet in your room

We've also partnered with UniKitOut who sell a range of student products online and deliver direct to the University of Kent. Don't forget to check out their handy packing checklist (PDF 226KB) too!

If you're bringing electronic devices with you, get them tested at the IT & Library Support Desk in Templeman Library.

What not to bring

All rooms are provided with the following items:

  • Bed with mattress, mattress protector and one pillow (no pillow in Woolf College).
  • Ample storage space
  • Desk and desk chair
  • Notice board
  • En-suite rooms include: shower, toilet, basin and mirror

Self-catered kitchens include:

  • Cooker with oven and hobs
  • Sink with drainer
  • Fridge freezer/s
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Microwave
  • Kettle
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mop and bucket
  • Broom, dust pan and brush
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Cleaning products by InnuScience (see more information on Housekeeping)

Part-catered kitchenettes include:

  • Sink with drainer
  • Fridge 
  • Microwave
  • Kettle
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mop and bucket
  • Broom, dust pan and brush
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Cleaning products by InnuScience (see more information on Housekeeping)

Please also refer to the Accommodation Handbook (PDF 2MB) for items that are prohibited in your accommodation.  

Accommodation Office opening hours

The Accommodation Office will be open as follows for campus accommodation assistance and queries (please note, where possible do try and contact the team via email or telephone):

5 - 20 September 2020

  • Mon-Fri: 9.00-17.00
  • Sat-Sun: 10.00-15.00

21 September 2020, onwards 

  • Mon-Fri: 9.00-17.00

Friends and family off-campus accommodation for the arrivals period

We regret there is no on-campus accommodation for family and friends to stay in for September 2020.

Guest house or hotel accommodation in Canterbury can be booked via Canterbury Visitor Centre or telephone +44 (0)1227 378100.

Getting started

We hope you're looking forward to starting at our Canterbury campus and joining the University of Kent student community.

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