Based in our student village, Park Wood Houses have a great community feel and a homely environment. You live in a 5 or 6 bedroom house which means you really get to know your housemates. And the accommodation is self-catered so it's great for people who enjoy cooking.

Key facts

  • 1,418 single bedrooms
  • Shared bathroom and kitchen facilities
  • 39 week occupancy
  • £4,938.57 - £5,694.75 pa 

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Self-catered accommodation

Park Wood Houses are self-catered houses and all residents share kitchen and bathroom facilities. 

The five bedroom houses have shower and toilet facilities upstairs, with an additional toilet downstairs. The kitchen/diner has an oven and hob, fridge/freezer and microwave, sink and kettle.

The six bedroom houses have shower and toilet facilities both upstairs and downstairs. The kitchen/diner is larger than those in the five bedroom houses and have an oven with hob, two fridge freezers and a microwave.

Accommodation costs include gas, electricity and water charges, as well as internet access and personal contents insurance.

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.

In addition, the KentOne card can also 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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Park Wood - The student village.

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Applying for accommodation

Accommodation is available from September to June, 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 you apply, see our application timeline for everything you need to know.

Apply to live in Park Wood Houses

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.  

Park Wood Student Hub exterior

Park Wood Student Hub - Woody's bar, Co-op shop, IT Hub and dance studios

Living in Park Wood Houses

If you're moving into Park Wood 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

The bed sizes in Park Wood Houses vary depending on the room type. See our bedding size and information page to find out if you'll have a standard single or extra long single mattress. 

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

Park Wood has its own launderette with laundry facilities 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 next to the reception in Park Wood Administration Office. Email: parkwoodhousekeeping@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 Park Wood reception hours and contact details.

Where to eat

Your nearest catering outlets are Woody's and Cafe and the Pavilion Café Bar. Woody's is a great venue for live music, live sport and home-cooked pub food. The Pavilion has a fully licensed bar and serves delicious food, coffee and ice-cold drinks. 

For opening times and menus, see the Kent Union website for Woody's and the Kent Sport website for the Pavilion.

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