General Open Days

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What are General Open Days?

Our General Open Days are held at the Canterbury and Medway campuses in the summer and the autumn. They are open to anyone who may be interested in higher education at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. We hold two General Open Days in the summer and three in the autumn.

2019 General Open Days:

  • Saturday 15 June (Medway campus)
  • Saturday 6 July (Canterbury campus)
  • Saturday 5 October (Canterbury campus)
  • Saturday 12 October (Medway campus)
  • Saturday 19 October (Canterbury campus)

What time do the Open Days start and finish?

Canterbury campus

The Open Day starts at 9am and finishes at 3pm.

All courses taught at the Canterbury campus will have a stand in Hall 1 in the Sports Centre, and you will be able to speak to academic staff. You can also find out more about the support services we have here at Kent by visiting Hall 3 in the Sports Centre. All subject stands, academic staff and support services will be available until the Open Day finishes.

Medway campus

The Open Day starts at 9am and finishes at 2pm.

All courses taught at the Medway campus will have a stand in the Pilkington Exhibition Space (Pembroke site) and you can find out more about our support services. All subject stands, academic staff and support services will be available until the Open Day finishes.

Do I have to come for the whole day?

No. The format of the Open Day is very informal, and allows you to plan your day as you wish.

Key activities:

  • General talks (What Kent offers you, Accommodation, Student Finance, Careers and Employability, Studying and working abroad, Introduction to the students' union, Support and Wellbeing Service)
  • Subject talks, demonstrations and workshops offered by academic schools
  • Tour the campus
  • Visits to student accommodation

Once you have booked, you will receive an event ticket by email, which will have a link to download a pdf copy of the Open Day programme (we'll also post you a copy before the event). We recommend you see what talks and activities are offered by your preferred subject area, and plan your day around these.

Are the Open Days all on one site?

Open Days at Canterbury

Yes. The campus is self contained, so all the facilities, including accommodation, are on one site. The campus is large (over 300 acres) so we recommend comfortable footwear!

Open Days at Medway

No. The campus has two teaching sites, Pembroke and The Historic Dockyard Chatham. Pembroke has teaching facilities for Computing/Business Information Technology, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Journalism, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Social Work, Social Sciences, and Sport and Exercise Sciences. We have specialist facilities for the Centre for Music and Audio Technology and Kent Business School at the Historic Dockyard Chatham (10-15 minutes' walk from Pembroke).

The School of Sports and Exercise Sciences also has clinics, treatment rooms and other facilities at Medway Park (ten minutes from Pembroke). Our student accommodation, Liberty Quays, is approximately ten minutes' walk from Pembroke.

We provide free hop-on, hop-off buses from the Pembroke site to Medway Park, The Historic Dockyard Chatham and Liberty Quays accommodation throughout the day. Buses depart from the Gillingham Building and the departure times are listed in the Open Day programme.

Is there an Open Day programme?

Once you have booked, you will receive an event ticket by email, which has a link to download a pdf copy of the Open Day programme. If you live in the UK, we will also post you out a copy before the event.

There will be copies available on the day but, in order to help with your planning, we recommend you have a read through it before you arrive.

I have a disability - do I need to let you know?

If you or any of your party have a disability or require extra support or facilities at the Open Days, we are happy to help wherever we can. Please contact us on +44 (0) 1227 768896.

Staff from the Student Support service will be available on the day and you'll be able to have a chat with them about the support available at Kent.

What accessible facilities do you have?

We're well equipped to deal with a wide range of access and support needs on both of our campuses. There is accessible parking at both the Canterbury and Medway campuses, and both sites feature fully equipped and well specified toilets.

If you would like to find out more, please contact us before the day on +44 (0) 1227 768896 and we'll be happy to help.

What if I can't attend an Open Day? Will I have another chance to visit?

While we would recommend attending an Open Day wherever possible, if you are unable to attend there are other opportunities for you to visit the University:

Applicant Days

If you apply to Kent and we make you an offer, or you are invited for an interview, you will normally be invited to attend an Applicant Day. Our Applicant Day programme includes presentations in your subject area, guided tours of the campus (including University accommodation), and the opportunity to speak with the academic staff about your chosen subject.

Campus tour days

We offer guided campus tours at the Canterbury and Medway campuses throughout the year and you can book a place online

What's the difference between an Open Day and an Applicant Day?

Choosing your university is a big decision.  Attending an Applicant Day gives you the opportunity to see the facilities, speak to academic staff about your degree course and get a feel of whether you would be happy studying (and potentially living) there. 

We would encourage you to visit all the institutions you are considering making an application to as there’s only so much you can get from a prospectus/website.

The Applicant Days, held at Kent between late November and early April, are intended for prospective students who have made an application to the University and who have received an offer of a place, or been invited for interview.

Although the programmes for the Open Days and Applicant Days are similar in content (for those students who can only make one visit) we do encourage you to return for an Applicant Day event even if you have attended an Open Day.

Who can I contact if I have any other questions?

You can call our Information and Admissions team on +44 (0) 1227 768896 if you have any questions regarding the Open Day.