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Arrivals (Canterbury)

Most new students starting their studies in September arrive at Kent on Arrivals Weekend. Arrivals Weekend for new undergraduate and postgraduate students is Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 September 2019. If you are starting at other times in the year, we will notify you of your arrival date.

Documents to bring

All undergraduate and postgraduate students living on campus: You'll need your ID documents, Unloading Permit (if coming by car), Accommodation Arrival Pass , proof of qualifications (if required). 

Undergraduate students: You'll also need your University and College Payment Advice letter from Student Finance England. 

International students: You'll also need your visa documents.

See our Documents page for a full list

Your registration wallet (UK students)

Keep all your essential documents in the handy wallet we'll send you. Just don't forget to bring it with you!

Accommodation/College opening hours for check-in*

The times given below are the opening times for accommodation and College receptions. If you will be arriving outside of these times, please go to the Late Arrivals section.

Saturday 14 September08.00 - 22.00
Sunday 15 September08.00 - 22.00

*A small number of rooms may not be available until later in the day on Saturday 14 September. Students who will be affected will be notified by email by the Accommodation Office before Arrivals Weekend.

Extended opening hours

College receptions have extended hours throughout Welcome Week to help ensure a smooth arrival and transition into your accommodation. 
Find out their opening hours

Need to change your arrival slot? 

This can be changed ahead of your arrival. Just log in to your accommodation account to make the change.

Arriving after Arrivals Weekend?

If you are planning to arrive after Arrivals Weekend, please ensure you have indicated this when selecting your arrival slot within your accommodation e-induction.

Arrival times for Woolf College only

Woolf College Time
Saturday 14 September08.00 - 22.00
Sunday 15 September08.00 - 22.00
Monday 16 September09.00 - 16.00

Find, collect, unload!

When you arrive, you'll need to find your accommodation and collect your room key from the relevant college reception (Darwin, Keynes, Eliot, Turing or Woolf), Tyler Court or Park Wood reception. 

Living in Rutherford College or Becket Court?

  • Rutherford College: please collect your room key from Tyler Court Reception
  • Becket Court: please collect your room key from Eliot College Reception.

You'll need to show the receptionist your Accommodation Arrival Pass before you'll be allowed into your room.

Please note: your Accommodation Arrival Pass is a separate document to your accommodation agreement. Your accommodation agreement gives details of your room allocation and the dates of the contract, so ensure you have read it carefully. It is also your only invoice for your accommodation. Both of these documents can be downloaded through your accommodation account.

Once you have your key, you can start to unload your stuff! If you're coming by car, you'll need to print an Unloading Permit which enables you to park for approximately 20 minutes within the unloading area nearest to your accommodation. After you've finished unloading, you'll need to move your car. Full details are provided in your accommodation online induction. 

Get your Unloading Permit here

Get kitted out before you arrive!

You can pre-order items you may need while living here to arrive directly onto campus for your arrival. Ranging from bedding packs, kitchen essentials to bathroom accessories, UniKitOut has a variety of items to choose from. 

How it works

Once you know your room, place your order online before Wednesday 11 September 2019. Your order will be delivered to your nearest collection point ready for Arrivals Weekend. There are various collection points and you will be told the one nearest to your accommodation when booking. 

If you are coming from oversees and arriving after 22.00, we will deliver your pack to your bedroom (provided you placed your order before the Wednesday 11 September deadline).

All your UniKitOut questions answered

Collect your UniKitOut pack

If you've pre-ordered and paid for bedding and other items via UniKitOut for your accommodation, you can collect this from our collection points:

  • Hut 8, Turing College 
  • Keynes College, Seminar Room 4
  • Park Wood Administration Building
  • Darwin Missing Link, Peter Brown Room
  • Becket Court, Seminar Room 16
  • If you are living in Eliot College, please collect your pack from the collection point in Keynes College.

Postgraduate students

If you are living in Woolf College, your pack will be delivered to your study bedroom.

International students

If you are coming from overseas and will be arriving after 22.00, we will deliver your pack to your bedroom (provided you placed your order before Wednesday 11 September 2019).

Register in person

You must register to become a member of the University. In order to register, you must have already enrolled online.

If you've not enrolled yet, please do this now

Enrolment enables the University to gather essential information about you, your programme of study, and if you are entitled to receive money from the Student Loans Company (SLC). Registration is confirmation that you have taken up your place, commenced your programme of study and collected your KentOne card.

Where and when to register

Saturday 14 September09.00 - 17.00Student Administration desk (Desk 1) Sports Centre
Sunday 15 September09.00 - 16.00Student Administration desk (Desk 1) Sports Centre
Monday 16 - Thursday 19 September09.00 - 16.30Student Administration desk (Desk 1) Sports Centre

Time out for parents and supporters

As much as we know you don't want to leave them, you don't have to stand in the registration queue! Take a moment to relax and visit us in the Parent Pit Stop (Sibson Building) where you can have a free tea or coffee and slice of cake.

Meet your students' union!

We want to meet you! Make sure you come to Hall 2 in the Sports Hall to find out more about what's going on in Welcome Week and throughout the year. 

Getting into The Venue on 14/15 September

You need to have your KentOne card to get into the Venue on the 14-15 September, so please make sure you collect it from the Sports Centre. If for any reason you cannot collect your KentOne card, please speak to a member of the Kent Union team.

Bought a KPASS?

We strongly recommend collecting your KPASS during registration – you can collect it from The Venue. (See What is KPASS and how can I get one? in our New Student FAQ)

International students

If you are a non-EU citizen, you will need to have your immigration status checked and your documents scanned by the Student Immigration Compliance team, located at the Student Administration desk (Desk 1).  

If you are travelling from overseas and need to collect a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), you can do this when we check your visa. To collect your BRP, you must bring your passport and Home Office Visa decision letter.

More information for new international students

Qualifications checks

You may be required to bring evidence of your previous qualifications with you to the University. You will be notified via the enrolment process if this applies to you. This does not apply to undergraduate students whose results are sent directly to the University by the UK examination boards.


If you do not have original documents please ensure you obtain these from the relevant bodies prior to your arrival at the University. If, for any reason, you are unable to provide proof of entrance qualifications, you must contact the Recruitment and Admissions Office immediately via your applicant portal.

We reserve the right to cancel an offer of a place to any student who does not provide evidence of qualifications obtained, either in the form of an officially certified photocopy acceptable to Kent or an original certificate produced, by Monday 14 October 2019.

Late arrivals

If you know you will be arriving very late at night, or in the early hours outside of the times listed above, you should book a local hotel or guest house accommodation and move in to your University accommodation the following day. Guest house or hotel accommodation in Canterbury can be booked via Canterbury Visitor Information Centre 

We also have a limited number of rooms available on campus at our self-catered guest accommodation Beverley Farmhouse. Single and double rooms are available, all with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities.

Arriving after 22.00?

Our accommodation receptions will close at 22.00 over Arrivals Weekend. Don’t worry if you are delayed and arrive after 22.00 as our Campus Security team are on duty 24 hours a day and will assist you in getting to your accommodation.

Contact the security team via the telephone help points outside the college receptions (Darwin, Eliot, Keynes Rutherford, Turing and Woolf), the reception outside Tyler Court and at the Park Wood Administration building. If you are living in Becket Court you will need to use the telephone at Eliot College reception.

Look out for the posters in the receptions which will have clear instructions about what to do. Once you have contacted a member of the team, they will give you an estimated time of arrival and will be with you as soon as possible.

Completing your check-in 

If you arrive after 22.00 over Arrivals Weekend you will need to return to the reception of your accommodation the following day in order to complete your accommodation check-in.

Registration after Arrivals Week

If you are arriving after the start of term (Monday 23 September 2019) you must obtain approval from your admitting School/centre via Enrolment Management Services.

To do this please contact Enrolment Management Services via KentVision. Once approval has been granted, a note will be put on your admissions record.

Complete your registration in person at the Student Reception, The Registry Building. Monday – Friday, 9am – 4:30pm.

Deadline to register: Monday 14 October 2019 (Registration must be complete by 10am)

Extensions for late registration will NOT be permitted.

Not living on campus?

You should still come to campus over Arrivals Weekend to complete your registration. It's also important that you take part in Welcome Week which starts on Monday 16 September 2019.

Your academic school will have a number of induction events to help you get to know the people on your course and there are lots of fun activities and events run by Kent Union. 

Event photography

The University of Kent will use any images captured from its use of photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the University’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), using them in our printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications. If you do not wish to be photographed, please inform an event organiser.

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