Darwin Houses offer self-catered accommodation for postgraduate students undertaking short stay academic programmes of nine months or less. They are terraced houses for four to seven people, located adjacent to Woolf College and Darwin College, set in among beautiful rose gardens.

Key facts 2024/25

  • 4-7 bedroom houses
  • Shared bathroom facilities
  • Communal kitchen
  • Room in a house £6,289.92 pa (£161.28 per week)

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Self-catered postgraduate accommodation

Darwin Houses offer postgraduate-only accommodation with a shared kitchen, shower and toilet facilities. Accommodation costs include gas, heating, electricity, internet, personal contents insurance and a premium sports membership.

We also have adapted rooms available for students with disabilities, and where an accessible room is available it is located on the ground floor. Please see our Accessibility page for more information.

Female student working at desk in Darwin Houses bedroom

Applying for accommodation

Accommodation is available from September to June for 39 weeks and includes winter and spring vacations. Residents may stay in their rooms during these vacation periods. 

You can apply for a room via our online accommodation application portal. Before applying, please see our accommodation application timeline to find out what you need to do and when.

Come and see us

The Canterbury campus has excellent transport links and is easy to get to from London. Take a look at our Maps and Directions page and make sure you have a look at our Open Day information.

Catering packages 

The Flex Catering Plan is open to all students living on or off campus. It offers an enormous amount of flexibility as well as a huge discount by paying in advance. See the Catering website for full information.

The KentOne card can be used in a number of catering outlets and shops on the Canterbury and Medway campuses.  It allows you to claim an exclusive 10% discount at a selection of outlets or can simply be used as a cashless payment card. Find out where you can use your KentOne card.

Get connected

Did you know we’re on social media? If you have any questions about accommodation at the University of Kent, before you arrive or at any time throughout your studies, we’re only a call or email away. You can also contact us on Twitter or Facebook.  

Student on campus

The College and Community Life Team play a big part in supporting students living on campus and arrange lots of activities throughout the year for you and your fellow Darwin College members to get involved with.

Living in Darwin Houses

If you're moving into Darwin Houses, there are a few things you should know before you arrive. It's your home for the best part of a year, so do everything you can to make the most of your time here.

Bedding sizes and information

Darwin Houses bed sizes are all 3’ x 6’3" so you will need standard single bedding.

You can bring your own bedding, or purchase a bedding pack plus other essentials at our partner site UniKitOut once you have been allocated to your room.

Housekeeping and laundry facilities

Each college has its own launderette with laundry facilities on campus run by Circuit Laundry. One washing machine cycle costs £2.70 and one tumble dryer cycle costs £1.30. This can be paid via the Circuit Laundry App or a top-up card.

Our housekeeping team are on hand to provide a top-up cleaning service but you are responsible for keeping your accommodation clean. Alternatively, you can use our bookable cleaning service if you feel things are getting a bit out of hand. For any help or advice, your local Housekeeping Office is located in Room B3:20 on the second floor of Darwin College.

Support services

Each accommodation area is part of a College with Darwin being part of Darwin College.

Colleges are looked after by the Student Wellbeing and Community Life Team who can offer you advice, help and support on a variety of topics on University life. They work closely with the ResLife Team, which contains dedicated ResLife Ambassadors (RLAs) who are typically returning undergraduate or postgraduate students. The ResLife Team are here to help you enjoy your time on campus and are regularly throwing events throughout the year for you and fellow residents to get involved with.       

The University also has an award-winning Student Support and Wellbeing Team that offers a range of services including emergency support, community events, counselling, support groups, accessibility and learning support and much more. 

For day to day enquiries, such as mail and parcels, receptions are located in each college. Our reception teams offer a wealth of knowledge about student accommodation and the University campus. They also provide a photocopying and general information service. See the Darwin College reception hours and contact details.

Darwin Houses gallery

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