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Mature students

At Kent, we welcome students from all over the world, each with different life experiences. There’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ student, and each and every person at Kent contributes to making our community what it is: supportive, inspiring and full of opportunity.

We support and encourage life-long learning for everyone. More than 1,500 of our undergraduates in 2017/18 were over 21 when they enrolled at Kent.

Some undergraduates are in their early twenties, choosing to start university a few years after leaving school or college, and others are between 30 and 50 who may be studying as part of their career development, others may want a career change, and some may be retired. Last year, we were delighted to award the Rev. Norma Stewart, a retired minister, her PhD in Theology and Religious Studies.

Starting university can feel a bit daunting (at any age!) so we hope the information on this page and the rest of the Getting Started site will reassure you and help you settle in. 

Welcome events

To help you find your feet and meet other students, the Mature Students' Society are hosting a Coffee Morning in Woody's on Wednesday 18 September, from 12 noon - 1pm.

Mature student blog

Ben is one of our mature students, in his second year of study. You can read about his experiences on his blog...

Read Ben's blog

Join our society!

We meet twice a week on the Canterbury campus and we'd love you to join us. Uo can find out more about the society on the Kent Union website

More information

Student Buddy Scheme

Kent Union has developed the Buddy Scheme to help both new and returning students settle into life at Kent by matching them with students who can provide informal support through regular meet-ups, sharing their experiences and tips.

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Pablo is from Costa Rica and studying for a PhD in Economics

Top tips

  • Welcome Week is a great opportunity to find out about everything Kent has to offer, and there will also be induction events held by your academic school. Try and attend as many of the events as you can to get the most out of your experience at Kent.
  • Our Careers and Employability Service provides lots of support for mature students, from helping develop employability skills through our Graduate Attributes, to assisting with applications and interviews.
  • As a student, you're eligible for a number of discounts - don't forget to apply for your NUS card! You can also receive discounts through Student Beans and UNiDAYS
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Autism Studies student Jen talks about her course at the Tizard Centre

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