Darwin College is self-catered accommodation in a great central location on the Canterbury campus, It has its own bar and bistro, Origins, and a rose garden where you can relax or study.

Key facts

  • 310 single bedrooms
  • Shared shower and toilet facilities
  • Large, spacious communal kitchen
  • Origins Bar and Bistro
  • £4,938.57 - £5,694.78 pa

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Self-catered accommodation

In Darwin College, you live in a flat of five, with two flats sharing a kitchen. There is a mixture of standard and large bedrooms available with shared toilet and shower facilities. Accommodation costs include gas, electricity and water charges, as well as internet access and personal contents insurance.

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.

Still from video of student sitting on her bed in Darwin College.

We're close to the library, Essentials and the Venue so everything is just a two or five minute walk away.

Catering packages

The Flex Catering Package 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.

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Darwin / The one with the rose garden

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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 form. Before applying, please see our accommodation application timeline to find out what you need to do and when.

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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 the Open Day FAQs.

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.  

Sticky marshmallow dessert in Origins Bar and Grill

Origns Bar and Grill

Living in Darwin College

If you're moving into Darwin College, 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 College 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. For any help or advice, your local Housekeeping Office is located in Room B3:20 on the second floor in Darwin College. Email: darwinhousekeeping@kent.ac.uk

Support services

Each college is headed by a Master, and the Master's Office can offer advice, help and support on university life. Masters are also responsible for enforcing University regulations and discipline on non-academic matters. Colleges also have a Resident Support Officer (RSO). This is usually a second or third year student who lives in the college and can offer advice and support.

For more information and contact details, see the Student Services website.

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.

Where to eat

Darwin College has it's own catering outlet, Origins Bar & Grill. It is the only restaurant on campus offering a menu filled with classic American smokehouse dishes. Think ribs, pulled meats, skewers and burgers, followed by tasty classic American desserts for those with a sweet tooth. For opening times and menus, see the Catering website.

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