Two girls chatting in Welcome Week

Arrivals (Medway)

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

You'll need your ID documents, proof of qualifications (if required) and your University and College Payment Advice letter from Student Finance England. If you're coming from overseas, 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!

Arrival times for accommodation

Friday 13 September10.00 - 17.30
Saturday 14 September10.00 - 17.30
Sunday 15 September10.00 - 17.30

Coming by car?

There is limited parking at Liberty Quays. If you are moving in on Arrivals Weekend (14/15 September), please contact Liberty Quays ahead of your arrival on +44 (0) 1634 853285 to book a 15-minute slot to unload your vehicle.

Collecting your keys

You can collect your keys from the reception at Liberty Quays. You will need to show some personal ID (driving licence/passport) and have paid your first rent instalment. 

To avoid any delays in accessing your accommodation, please ensure that before you arrive you return all signed guarantor forms with proof of address and two passport photos.

Find, collect, unload!

When you arrive, you'll need to collect your room key from Liberty Quays reception, find your room and unload your stuff. Once unloaded, you'll need to move your car to the Drill Hall Library car park on the Pembroke site. A free shuttle service will be operating between 09.00-15.30 to take you to and from Pembroke to Liberty Quays. The walk from the Drill Hall car park to Liberty Quays is along Pier Road and takes about 15 minutes.

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.

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.

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.

Qualification checks, where required, will take place in the Pilkington Building at the following times:

Saturday 14 September09.30 - 15.00
Sunday 15 September09.30 - 14.00

From Monday 16 September to Friday 22 September, qualification checks will take place in the Gillingham Building between 10.00 – 12.00 and 14.00 – 16.00.

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.

Where and when to register

Saturday 14 September09.00 - 15.00Student Administration desk, Pilkington Building, Pembroke site
Sunday 15 September09.00 - 14.00Student Administration desk, Pilkington Building, Pembroke site
Monday 16 - Friday 20 September09.00 - 16.00Gillingham Building, Pembroke site

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 (Pilkington 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 The Student Hub on the Pembroke site to find out more about what's going on in Welcome Week and throughout the year. 

Late arrivals

Please contact Liberty Quays reception on +44 (0) 1634 853285 if you are delayed or will be arriving after 17.00. The reception at Liberty Quays is staffed 24 hours a day and our security team will assist you in getting to your room.

Registration after Arrivals Week

You can complete your registration at Gillingham Reception, The Gillingham Building during Welcome Week until Friday 20 September, 4pm.

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 Gillingham Reception, the Gillingham Building. Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

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

Extensions for late registration will NOT be permitted.

Not living in Liberty Quays?

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 GK Unions. 

Event photography

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