University is all about new experiences, discovering more about yourself, what you're good at and what you enjoy.
There's much more to life at Kent than just your studies, and there are lots of social events and groups to get involved with as well as a host of facilities at your fingertips to help you throughout your time living on campus.
Coming to Kent soon? Make sure your arrival goes smoothly by checking our dedicated accommodation arrival info.
Find out more about the services and facilities included with your room and how you can access them.
See what's happening on campus, what you can get involved with and what there is to do in the local area.
Visit here to recap any important info that relates to your accommodation contract (e.g. Accommodation Handbook).
My favourite thing about living in campus accommodation was my flatmates. We just got on really, really well every single one of us. They were like my second family and I know I will stay good friends with them.
There are lots of facilities and services across campus for students, but as a resident, there are some extra facilities available in every accommodation area that are designed to make your life easier. So, as well as the furniture and appliances in your room, take a look at what there is below:
From general information to parcels, reception are here to help. Opening times available online.
Operated by Circuit Laundry, self-service washing machines and tumble dryers are available.
Use Home at Halls to report any repairs needed in your accommodation without leaving your room!
Whilst you're responsible for keeping your accommodation clean our teams are on hand for support.
Premium Plus Sport Membership is included, meaning free access to on-site gym, classes and more.
You can visit any of the outlets on campus but we've made sure you've got your own local too.
There can be a number of reasons why you may want to change rooms after settling in from financial to personal reasons and we will facilitate room moves and swaps for students from November.
All room moves or swaps must be authorised through the Accommodation Office, and if you're thinking of applying, make sure you've read our guidance first.
When do I need to move out? Can I stay on campus over the Christmas/Easter break? Key moving dates are available on our vacation accommodation page.
You can also download all important accommodation documents by logging in to the MyAccommodation Portal.
This handy guide (PDF 7MB) covers everything you need to know about your accommodation and living on campus.
A copy of the Accommodation T&Cs (PDF 383KB) you agreed to when accepting your offer of accommodation
Your room includes personal possessions insurance with coverage of up to £10,000. You can also choose to extend this cover to include other items of value.
Check what furniture/items are already in your accommodation to avoid doubling up on any items.
Fire and Safety information
This short video covers some of the most common causes of fire and what you can do (and shouldn’t do) to minimise the risks and stay safe living on campus.
Looking for a copy of last year's documents
With the exception of last year's Accommodation Handbook (which you can view here) all documents can be accessed via your MyAccommodation portal.
The friends I made through my housemates, the convenience of being on campus, and lots of storage in the room as well. Those were my three favourite things about living on campus.
Join us at the Canterbury campus to meet new people, focus on your studies and get the complete student experience. You'll become more independent, make life-long friends and be close to what's happening on campus and in the local area.
Spaced across 300 acres, our campus overlooks Canterbury and it's famous Cathedral which is just a 30 minute walk away. Beyond Templeman Library there's lots of green space to relax or study in. You could also watch a film or show in our Gulbenkian arts centre or catch up with friends in one of the bars or bistros on campus.
Our Canterbury campus page has information on catering, nightlife, support and more.
As soon as you start at Kent you'll become part of one of our seven Canterbury colleges. Getting involved in college activities is a great way to meet new people and become part of a group that extends beyond your course or flatmates.
Our dedicated ResLife or Residential Life Team will make sure you feel part of the student community at Kent. At the heart of the team are returning students who have applied to become ResLife Ambassadors who are here to help you find your feet, signposting you to where you can find more support and advice and hosting college events for you and fellow residents to join to get you into the college spirit. However they want to hear from you too! So if you have any suggestions for events you want to see throughout the year, reach out.
The ResLife Team also work closely with Student Welfare and Community Life Team who are on hand to offer pastoral support when needed (such as with flatmate disputes etc).
Another big part of university life is your student union. Kent Union are independent of the University and are here to make your voice heard and ensure you have a great time as a Kent student. They run the campus nightclub Venue, co-ordinate the many student groups/societies and organise events (including the student balls) throughout the year. Their committee is elected by you and consists of everything from course reps to welfare and community VP's meaning they they can offer student led support in a range of areas. This includes their buddy scheme which is popular with new students, its listening service Nightline or Jobshop.
There are lots of places on campus you can go to depending on what you need.
Our ResLife Ambassadors host events throughout the year for you to enjoy with your fellow residents.
From helping with specific needs to looking after your general wellbeing and offering support.
Our on-site GP and pharmacy is located near Keynes, and Nursing Services are open 24/7 in term time.
From new skills to general support if you need academic help that is non-school specific try SLAS.
This department covers a wide area including student complaints, chaplaincy and EDI.
On campus 24/7 every day of the year, this team are here to keep you safe and enforce regulations.
You'll find the answers you need to any money related concerns with this team in the Registry.
Your student union organises lots societies and events as well as giving student-to-student support.
From employability schemes to help with your CV, this is the place to go for employment advice.
Our on-site team are here to make sure campus (including your accommodation) is well maintained.
More than an ID, you can also use it as a cashless payment card giving you an extra 10% discount.
Not on campus, but we've signed up The SAC and you can always check your rights online.
Canterbury is a beautiful place with many places to see and visit, especially if you are a nature or a theatre and film lover like myself which is what I loved about living on campus at Kent.
Lets start on our front door, as just a few minutes bus ride away is Canterbury city centre. Follow in famous footsteps and stroll through medieval streets full of independent shops and high street favourites. Take a punt on the river, or as a student you can also visit the Cathedral and grounds for free.
Canterbury is a city that loves its students - lots of places offer student discounts and there's plenty of nightlife too. Since 2011 the city has received Purple Flag accreditation for offering an entertaining, diverse and safe night out. Of course you'll have to try many of Canterbury's cafés and bars to discover which is your favourite haunt.
We love our home county of Kent too, and we're not the only ones! Lonely Planet named Kent's Heritage Coast as as one of their Best in Travel for 2022 so we're hoping you can spend some time exploring too. From seaside escapes (take a spin at one of Dreamland's outdoor rides and concerts or Whitstable is just 15 minutes away by bus) to historic castles (such as Hever, Leeds or Dover) Kent really does have something for everyone.
We're well connected too - only an hour away from London by train and you can catch the Eurostar from nearby Ashford or a ferry from Dover to reach France easily.
There's lots to see and get involved with on campus and beyond with Canterbury only a short ride away!
Take a sneak peek into one week in the life of a Kent student studying and living on our Canterbury campus.
Take a whistle-stop tour around some of Kent's famous attractions from across the county.
K-Bar is one of our most popular venues on campus but there's lots of restaurants, cafés and bars to choose from.