Do your research
If you are bringing family members with you, we strongly advise you to travel to Kent alone, in advance of starting your course, to make all the arrangements for housing and schooling and to get a sense of the local area, before bringing your family to join you. Deciding where to live may be affected by a range of factors including the proximity to schools and other family-focused services.
The University does not have on-campus accommodation suitable for families, so you will need to live off-campus. If you will be studying and living in Canterbury, we recommend using Home Stamp, which helps students to find good quality private accommodation in Canterbury. If you are living and studying in Medway, we recommend that you read our housing guide.
When searching online for accommodation, use postcode CT1 for central Canterbury and postcode CT2 for the University campus. The postcode for the Medway area is ME7.
Schooling and childcare
The education system in the UK is divided into four main parts, primary education, secondary education, further education and higher education. Children in the UK have to legally attend primary and secondary education, which runs from about 5 years old until the student is 16 years old.
Finding a school
- A guide to school admissions
- Education and Children (Kent County Council)
- How to apply for a school place in the county of Kent
- Find a school
- Local childcare directory
- Typical costs
- Free childcare
- Oaks Nursery (on the Canterbury campus)
- Riverside Children's Centre
- Busy Bees (near to the Medway campus)
Play centres and family groups
Support services at the University
We have excellent support services at the University to help you academically and personally:
- English language classes
- Student Support
- Student Wellbeing
- Medical Centre (Canterbury campus)
- Medical care (Medway campus)
- Health information in other languages
- Spiritual and religious support
- Kent Union Advice Centre (Canterbury)
- GK Unions Advice Centre (Medway)
Postgraduate International Families Network
Established to support international students who have families and spouses joining them in the UK during their studies. Email Deborah Molloy at email@example.com to join the Network mailing list and receive notifications of upcoming events.
Living in the UK
The United Kingdom is a great place to live and study. You can find out lots of information about the culture, getting around and places to visit by taking a look at International Student.