First-class support and facilities
On our self-contained Canterbury campus, you have access to all the University resources, with everything you need to enjoy student life and help you in your studies.
Academic resources include a library with over a million books, periodicals and journals, well-equipped laboratories and studios, and a learning advisory service.
Campus life is ideal for students from overseas as it provides a self-contained environment with everything in one place. The result is a lively and memorable living experience. In your spare time, you can enjoy the campus cinema and theatre and a range of bars and restaurants. The campus is home to a bank, shops and an award-winning student nightclub. The city centre is only a 25-minute walk away, and there's a frequent bus service between campus and the city centre.
International students are an integral part of our student community. You can obtain advice and support from our International Partnerships team throughout your studies. Whatever your query, we are here to help you.
Our Centre for English and World Languages provides support for students for whom English is not their first language. If necessary, these courses can help you to develop your English language and study skills so you meet the level of proficiency required for your chosen course of study.
Students have the option of living in campus accommodation, which is no more than a few minutes' walk from all the central facilities. Accommodation is either in colleges or in self-catered houses or flats, so you have the opportunity to make new friends from around the world.
Colleges offer rooms on a 'bed and breakfast' basis or 'bed and bistro' basis (with breakfast and dinner). Self-catered houses or flats offer a shared kitchen and have between five and nine bedrooms. Over 50 per cent of our accommodation is ensuite.
Students who start their studies in September are given the option of living on campus, providing they make their application by the following deadline:
- September start - 31 July
Kent also aims to offer campus accommodation to students who arrive in January, providing they make an application by the following deadlines:
- January start - 30 November
Students who would prefer to live off campus can find some useful information about local private sector accommodation on our Accommodation website.
All students, no matter where they live, belong to one of the colleges. Each has its own living, social, teaching and study facilities and is made up of students from different disciplines and nationalities. College Masters are part of a network of people, including course advisers, who have a responsibility for student welfare.
The University provides a range of high-quality catering facilities from traditional dining halls to cafés, bistros, bars, shops and snack machines across campus. There is a considerable variety of food available, ranging from snacks to cooked meals, including vegetarian and halal options. National and international cuisine is also available.
Student Learning Advisory Service
The Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS) offers training and information about writing essays, note taking, time management, dealing with exams, writing dissertations and many other skills. You can find information in the form of leaflets, web resources, personal support, groups and workshops. See the Learning website.
Information Services provide extensive computing facilities. All students have their own email address and access to the internet. There are over 1,000 PCs on campus and wireless connection is available in all social and teaching areas. Within the University's on-campus accommodation, each student bedroom has a highspeed internet connection.
The Templeman Library contains over a million books, periodicals, pamphlets, audio tapes, videotapes, slides and microforms. The Library has 1,300 study places with over 300 PCs for students to use.
The Library website allows you to trace books and periodicals using the catalogue. It also offers access to a range of electronic resources, including online databases, ebooks, journals and newspapers, subject gateways and search engines, and CD-Rom databases.
Personal support services
Kent has a medical centre with doctors, a nursing service (open seven days a week during term time, and for emergencies after midnight) and a pharmacy. Other facilities include the Student Support and Wellbeing Service and a day nursery for children up to five years old. The Chaplaincy Team serves all the main Christian denominations and the Buddhist, Muslim and Jewish communities on campus.
At Kent you have the facilities to get involved in a wide range of sports. We have a modern well-equipped fitness suite (recently upgraded as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment), as well as a dance studio, badminton, tennis and squash courts, all-weather football and basketball pitches, plus a huge range of sports societies.
Kent Union has over 100 student societies. Many are focused on international culture, such as the Afro-Caribbean, Asian, Chinese, German, Hellenic and Japanese societies.
A multi-faith university, we have chaplains from the Anglican, Buddhist, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Methodist, Pentecostal and Quaker traditions, and our student societies celebrate a wide range of festivals including Chinese New Year, Thanksgiving and Diwali.