Returning student accommodation

Returning Student Accommodation

Make your home with us again for 2024/25

We've set aside a number of rooms in both Canterbury and Medway for returning students this September 2024.

"As a returning student,

The most important factors for deciding my accommodation for next year were the campus location, the ability to live with friends and all the included facilities."

Skye Lewis

Drama and English Literature student

Key links and information


What do I need to do?

It's really quick and easy to apply for returning student accommodation. All you need to do is head to our application pages and apply when they open in mid January 2024! 

If you want to get ahead, from the 8 November 2023 you'll be able to register your interest for returning student accommodation, and as long as you do this before 7 January 2024 we'll email you with 24-hour early access to our application pages so you can apply early!

On the Canterbury campus:

  • The first 1,000 eligible undergraduate and postgraduate applications received are guaranteed a room offer for next year (including KMMS students). 
  • Any first-year Canterbury, full-time student who lived off-campus or commuted from Pier Quays this year (2023/24) due to the accommodation being full. Please note you will also need to register your interest before 7 January 2024 to let us know.  

You can apply for any accommodation option except Turing College which is reserved for new first-year students. 

Demand for en-suite rooms is high so Woolf College is again opening its doors for returning student applications too.

If you definitely want an en-suite, then Pier Quays is also an option with benefits.

Please note that availability for some room types is limited, we will endeavour to meet your individual needs when allocating your room, though this is not always possible. If you need a specific room type, please get in contact with the team as soon as possible.

Accommodation is allocated on a 'first come first served' basis, so it's always best to apply as early as possible!   

At Pier Quays, Medway:


Pre-register your interest

Register your interest in returning student accommodation between Wednesday 8 November 2023 and Sunday 7 January 2024 and we'll make sure you get 24 hour early access to our application pages so that you're even more likely to secure a guaranteed spot.

You can complete the form for yourself or on behalf of your friendship group - you'll just need everyone's full name and Kent email address.  We'll then email you and your group with the link to apply in mid-January before applications open.

There's no fees or obligations so registering your interest is a great option if you're thinking of living on campus next year.


Forgotten your MyAccommodation login?

You'll need this for when you apply in January, but don't worry, you can reset your password using the on-screen instructions. You'll just need your student ID number which if you can't remember can always be found on your KentOne card.


When will I find out where I will be living?

We will contact you by email to let you know if you are one of our first 1,000 applicants and have successfully secured one of our guaranteed offers on Wednesday 31 January 2024. If you don't receive this email don't worry, it does not mean you will not receive a room offer in due course, just that we can't guarantee it.  

We'll then be sending an email with your accommodation offer (including information such as your block) to all applicants from late March/early April 2024 onwards depending on your application date.


As soon as you've received your room offer you can log in to your application and accept your accommodation offer for 2024! 

You'll need to accept or decline your offer before the expiry date, but you can cancel you accommodation application at any time prior to accepting your offer. Once you have accepted your offer, you will have agreed to all the usual T&Cs. 


Your room is yours!

That's it! Celebrate with a cup of tea because your accommodation is sorted for next year.

Also keep your eyes open on your Kent inbox and our Twitter or Facebook accounts (@AccommUniKent) for all the latest updates, help and advice. 

Returning to live in Pier Quays at Medway

There are a lot of great benefits to living with us again in your second and third year. Providing you're a full-time student, you'll be guaranteed to receive a room offer and can live with your friends but there's more. 

Same price added value. 

It's true, you could apply through Unite Students as a returning student, however you'd be missing out - as we charge exactly the same price but also include a free sports membership meaning you get better value for your money with us for the same facilities. 

Exclusive extra incentives when booking directly through the University of Kent:

You can apply directly through the University of Kent from mid-January 2024 for the 2024/25 academic year. 

Check out our Medway FAQs for more information. If you are a current resident (who booked through the University of Kent) then check your email for your special returners offer from the Accommodation Office.

When accepting your accommodation offer you will need to make a £250 advanced rent payment. This will then be deducted from your first accommodation payment at the start of term and is non-refundable if you cancel your agreement after seven days of accepting.   

If you are an MPharm student who wishes to return to live in Pier Quays you are also welcome to apply via your dedicated application link.  

Become a ResLife Ambassador (RLA)

Looking for a great opportunity to get flexible work experience alongside your studies, save money on your rent, and most importantly be part of and help create an amazing fantastic student experience for residential at Kent?

Becoming an RLA next year and joining the ResLife Programme means you'll be in the heart of college life on campus helping to form a close knit college community. In return for actively contributing to the campus student experience, RLA's receive a 50% discount on their campus accommodation!

The ResLife Team hire returning students to become RLAs every year so if this opportunity sounds right for you, keep an eye on ResLife's webpages and socials where information will be available nearer to applications opening in Spring

Please note, you will need to apply for accommodation separately/in addition to an RLA application.

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