Reception Services

Reception Services

Receptions are situated in each of our accommodation areas, and are manned by staff who have a wealth of knowledge about our accommodation and the Canterbury campus.  

Your college reception is where you will collect your keys/fob when you first arrive and where you'll return them to before you leave. You can go to receptions to collect mail, to regain access to you room if you lose your fob, for general queries and signposting or for basic first aid. During the summer vacation our receptionists are also responsible for checking-in/out and assisting B&B guests.

Check your college reception opening hours (including any altered hours) below.

Ordering from Amazon? We have three Amazon lockers on campus that you can order to and access day or night. They are located by Keynes College T block, Darwin Houses and Woody's in Park Wood.  

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Altered opening hours

Sometimes our receptions may need to open at different times due to unforeseen circumstances, bank holidays, arrivals or during the vacation periods.

Due to staff shortages, many receptions will be closing for lunch between midday and 1pm during the week.


26th - 1st - Closed for lunch 12pm-1pm daily.

Keynes College

Mon 26th - 8am-8pm

Tue 27th - 8am-12pm, 1pm-4pm, 5.30pm-8pm

Wed 28th - 8am-8pm

Thu 29th - 8am-8pm

Fri 1st - 8am-12pm, 1pm-4pm, 5.30pm-8pm

Eliot College

Fri 23 - 8am-12pm & 1pm-8pm

Sat 24th - 8am-1pm (as usual)

Mon 26th - 8am-12pm, 1pm-3pm & 5.30pm-8pm

Tue 27th - 8am-12pm & 1pm-4pm

Wed 28th - 8am-12pm, 1pm-4pm & 5.30pm-8pm

Thu 29th - 8am-12pm, 1pm-4pm & 5.30pm-8pm

Fri 1st - 8am-12pm, 1pm-4pm & 5.30pm-8pm


Mon 26th - Closed for lunch 12pm-1pm

Tue 27th - 8am-4pm (as usual)

Wed 28th - Closed for lunch 12pm-1pm

Thu 29th - Closed for lunch 12pm-1pm

Fri 1st - Closed for lunch 12pm-1pm

Reception opening hours

Please see information below on each reception. If you cannot reach an open reception outside of these hours and need help please contact Campus Security.  

Darwin College Reception

Darwin College

Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 20:00 
Saturday, 08:00 - 13:00
Sunday, closed

Contact details: 
+44 (0)1227 827549

Location: Darwin College Reception, The University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NY

Eliot Reception

Eliot College

Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 20:00
Saturday, 08:00 - 13:00
Sunday, closed

Contact details: 
+44 (0)1227 823250

Location: Eliot College Reception, The University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NS

Keynes Reception

Keynes College

Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 20:00
Saturday, 08:00 - 13:00
Sunday, 08:00 - 13:00

Contact details: 
+44 (0)1227 823622

Location: Keynes College Reception, The University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NP

Park Wood Reception

Park Wood

Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 16:00
Saturday, 08:00 - 13:00
Sunday, closed

Contact details: 
+44 (0)1227 823499

Location: Park Wood Reception, The University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7SG

Turing reception

Turing College

Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 16:00
Saturday, 08:00 - 13:00
Sunday, closed

Contact details: 
+44 (0)1227 816169

Location: Turing College Reception, The University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7FN

Tyler Court Reception

Tyler Court

Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 16:00 
Saturday, 08:00 - 13:00
Sunday, closed

Contact details: 
+44 (0)1227 824480

Location: Tyler Court Reception, The University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7UF

Woolf College Reception

Woolf College

Monday to Friday, 08:00 - 16:30 
Saturday, 09:00 - 14:00
Sunday, closed

Contact details: 
+44 (0)1227 378700

Location: Woolf College Reception, The University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7BQ

Rutherford exterior

Rutherford College

Monday to Friday, 08:30 - 17:30 
Saturday and Sunday, closed

For room lockouts, lost fobs or Arrivals Weekend fob collection please go to Tyler Court Reception 

Contact details: 
+44 (0)1227 823400

Location: Rutherford College Reception, The University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NX 

Becket Court

If you live in Becket Court, reception services operate from Eliot College Reception.

This includes fob/key collection on Arrivals Weekend.  

Postal deliveries

Whether you are expecting a letter from home, your latest Amazon order or something else, it is important to know how to collect your mail while living on campus.  

When ordering items you should:

  • Check you have used your full correct delivery address and are using your name as it appears on your student card. Check your correct address format in this PDF (48KB).
  • Try and arrange for delivery at a time when you or your flatmates are home, as otherwise, you can only collect your parcel from reception during opening times. Where your house/flat has a front door (such as in Keynes, Park Wood or Turing Flats and Houses) couriers should always try to deliver here first.
  • All parcels delivered to reception need to be logged and signed for, so if your parcel has been delivered to reception, please wait until you have received an email notification from reception before you try to collect. (Sometimes we receive a lot at once, and we don't want you to waste a journey to reception because your parcel isn't ready yet!)
  • Take your KentOne ID when collecting mail/letters.  You can only collect your own mail unless you have written permission from the other student (emailed to reception).
  • Check for letters too. If you don't have a letter box, your letters will be stored at reception, but you won't receive an email notification for these so check about every week or two.
  • Ordering from Amazon? We have three Amazon lockers on campus that you can order to and access day or night. They are located by Keynes College T block, Darwin Houses and Woody's in Park Wood.
  • Please note we can't accept deliveries of fresh/frozen foods at reception (e.g. a supermarket delivery) so make sure you book a delivery slot when you are available to collect your order.
  • Don't order any prohibited items (as listed in the Accommodation Handbook or the Accommodation T&Cs section 8.9)

Don't forget you'll also need to update your delivery address or get your mail redirected when you move out (even if it's just for summer) to ensure your mail continues to reach you as we can't accept mail for students not currently residing on campus. 

What to do if you lock yourself out or lose your fob/keys

Always lock your door when leaving, but remember sometimes the door will auto-lock so always keep your fob with you (even if popping to the kitchen) to prevent lockouts.

If you do lock yourself out, or lose your fob, go straight to your college reception. They can issue you a temporary access card so you can get back in your room. If you don't have your KentOne Card you'll be asked some security questions to check that you are the student living in that room (note temporary access cards can't be given to anyone other than the room occupant).

If you are locked out after reception hours contact Campus Security on +44 (0)1227 823300.  

You have 24 hours to return an access card to reception for a lockout, and one week to return it if you have lost your fob to give you time to find it. Issuing a card is free, but if you do not return a temporary access card by the agreed date you will will be charged for its replacement. These are charged at the purchasing cost, so the fee will vary depending on the type of key or fob you have. You can check the cost for replacing your key/fob at reception or online by checking our fob charge sheet (PDF 92KB). Please note that when a new fob is created your old one is automatically overwritten and will no longer work, so should you find your original fob at a later date this cannot be re-activated or refunded.

Campus Security and Maintenance

Our 24/7 Campus Security team are on-site to help keep you safe offering a variety of services including emergency assistance. Outside of reception hours Security can also let you back into your room if you lock yourself out.

You can call security on +44 (0)1227 3300 (non-emergencies) or using the SafeZone app

If you find a defect in your room that needs to be repaired you will need to report this online using Home at Halls to the Estates Maintenance team who will come to repair it. The only exception is where you have an emergency fault in chick case contact reception or Campus Security direct immediately. 

Please note if a member of the Maintenance team repairs a fault whilst you are out they will lock the door upon departing so please keep your fob on you when leaving.