Keep checking your emails!
We'll be communicating regularly with you by email, so make sure you're checking your inbox frequently.
Get your documents organised
It's never too early to start preparing - you don't want to get here and discover you've left your ID at home. Read our Documents you need to bring guide.
Note: If you enrolled before 25 July 2019 you may have received a completion receipt email showing the Arrivals Weekend dates as 14 and 15 September 2020. Please note this was incorrect. To confirm, Arrivals Weekend is taking place on 14 and 15 September 2019.
Online enrolment is an essential step to becoming a University of Kent student. Once your place is confirmed, we'll let you know by email when you can enrol. Enrolment is usually available from 1 August and it's important you complete it as soon as possible.
As part of the process you will be asked to confirm your personal details, the details of your course and how your tuition fees will be funded and upload a photograph for your KentOne card (your student ID). You'll also be asked to agree to the University's regulations and confirm you have read the University's Privacy Notice so you should make sure you fully understand what this means.
Your Kent IT Account
You can only activate your Kent IT account if it’s been three working days since you enrolled. You should receive an email when it’s ready to be activated or you can do it here. The email will not contain any links or attachments for security reasons.
Set up Kent Wi-Fi
To make life easier once you get here, get Wi-Fi-ready before you arrive. You don't need to be in range of our signal - the setup process is much easier if done before you arrive, especially for laptops (or for any devices that rely on Wi-Fi). So don’t wait - click the link below from your laptop, tablet and phone.
Offers of University accommodation, including Clearing accommodation, will be sent out by email from 15 August 2019. We hope to have sent out most offers by 1 September 2019.
Need to make a change to your accommodation application?
You can make changes to your accommodation choices via your accommodation account with no penalty until the 31 July deadline.
Bring a cable!
Bring a network/Ethernet cable so you can use the wired internet in your bedroom as well as Wi-Fi. Wired internet is fast and reliable as there's no risk of interference.
Check your tech
Before you start packing, check that your technology meets our connection requirements. For example if your printer or smart device (TV, speaker, streaming device) relies on Wi-Fi, it won’t work (unless it also has an Ethernet port/wired internet capability).
You will need to arrange payment for your tuition and accommodation fees.
Tuition fees: Pay the whole year in full or set up an instalment plan
Accommodation fees (Canterbury): Pay the whole year in full or set up an instalment plan
Accommodation fees (Medway): Pay Liberty Living directly; please do not send payments to the University
Open from Monday 19 August 2019. This is only applicable if you're a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught student.
New undergraduates: Choose/review your modules
New postgraduates: Open from Monday 9 September 2019. Online Module Registration is only open to postgraduate students in the following schools:
- Engineering and Digital Arts
- Politics and International Relations
Choose/review your modules. All other students will be contacted by their school upon their arrival.
Even once you’ve chosen your modules, don’t buy any subject books or resources until you’ve been told to do so by your School or lecturer. If the lecturer thinks you need your own copy of a book, they will tell you.
Most other resources you will need should be well stocked in the University's libraries Modules are updated each year and essential texts may change so wait for your 2019-2020 reading list.
Visas and immigration
Do you need a visa?
If you are travelling to the UK to take a programme of study for more than six months and you are a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA) or a Swiss national you do not need to seek entry clearance.
If your course is longer than six months and you are not an EEA
citizen or Swiss national, then you need to have a Tier 4 student visa.
In order to avoid delays to your visa being granted, it is essential that you prepare well in advance. Visit our Student Immigration site for more detailed information.
With effect from Monday 20 May 2019, travellers from the following countries will be able to use eGates: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA.
Register to vote!
Your vote matters! If you're not registered then you can't vote in the different elections that take place in the UK.
Find out about your students’ union
Kent Union is your students’ union and they are with you every step of your university experience; from the minute you arrive on campus and are greeted by a Welcome Helper, through to when you graduate!
Feeling a bit nervous and apprehensive about starting uni? Getting in touch with other new students (who are probably feeling the same way as you) can help settle those nerves and help you start to get to know people before you arrive.
Postgraduates: Join the Kent Graduate Student Association on Facebook
Find your college
Once you arrive at Kent, you'll be assigned to a college. Each college has a Student Committee made up of students who are nominated by fellow college students each year. They are not only responsible for arranging social events, but play a key role in student welfare.
- Eliot @eliotstudentcommittee
- Rutherford @RutherfordCSC
- Darwin @darwincollegesc
- Keynes @keynessc
- Turing @TuringStudentCommittee
- Woolf College Kent Graduate Student Association @kentgsa
Excited about starting at Kent but wish you had someone to show you the ropes? Our buddy scheme could be just what you need. It's run by the students' union and matches you with a current student based on preferences such as your course, interests, hobbies and language.
Your buddy can help you settle in, recommend places to go, events to attend or societies to join. The more you tell us about your likes and dislikes, the better we can find you a great buddy! Apply to have a buddy
We want to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Our interactive e-learning module, Expect Respect@kent, introduces the Student Charter, Dignity at Study Policy and includes other information about the support available to you.