Student volunteers at Welcome Week

Welcome Week and beyond

Welcome Week for new students takes place after Arrivals Weekend and begins on Monday 16 September. There's a range of events organised by your academic school, the students' union and the University's support services to help you find your feet, make friends and get to know the University.

Timetable and events

Your personal teaching timetable for 2019-20 will be available from Friday 20 September 2019 for new undergraduate students starting Kent in September. You must be fully registered for all of your modules to see your personal timetable. 

Have a question about timetables? See our FAQs

The autumn term commences on Monday 23 September 2019 and this is when your academic timetable will start. Our key dates page has all the important dates for the academic year 2019/20, including term dates and vacation periods.

College events

Your College will also be hosting events during Welcome Week. Sign up to your College mailing list to make sure you get all the latest news and info.

Events calendar

Keep up to date with everything taking place during Welcome Week!

Check out the events calendar!

Welcome Fairs

19-20 September, 11am - 5pm

  • Canterbury campus: Union Plaza
  • Medway campus: The Student Hub

Our Welcome Fairs are held over two days and are jam-packed with hundreds of sports and societies, great food and drink, live music and performances. There's a different programme for each day and it's a great opportunity to bond with your housemates, meet new people and pick up loads of freebies.

Access hour

The fairs will be open from 10.00-11.00 if you would benefit from a less busy environment, with no loud music or extra visual stimulation. There will be student volunteers to buddy up with who can provide guided tours.

Have accessibility needs? Drop us an email

Events for international students

16-20 September

International Partnerships arranges a special programme of events for all new international students and EU students, including Erasmus, study abroad and international foundation students, arriving in September. Events include Global Hangouts, visits to local attractions, coffee mornings and the International Student Experience Fair.

It's a great opportunity to make new friends and get to know the University and the surrounding area before the start of term. These events must be booked in advance via the online store and entry is by ticket only. Please remember to print your e-ticket and bring it along with you to each event. 

View international events

Library and IT welcome sessions

16-20 September, 9.30am - 4.30pm

There’s more to Library and IT at Kent than you’d think. Meet our staff and find out what we can offer you. Library and IT sessions aren’t subject specific so you can join any session during the week. If you spot a session in your timetable come along to that one and meet other students on your course!

  • Canterbury campus: Welcome Hall, Main entrance, Templeman Library
  • Medway campus: The Drill Hall Library

Employability Points scheme

Getting involved in co-curricular activities doesn't just give you a great student experience, you can also earn Employability Points which can earn you rewards.

The types of activities you can earn points for are part-time employment, societies, attending careers events, volunteering, Academic Peer Mentoring, Global Skills Award, Buddy Scheme, language courses and being a Student Ambassador or Student Rep.

It's simple - just log in to MyFolio to log your activities and your points will appear on your profile. Once you have enough points, you can cash these in to apply for rewards which can include paid internships, work experience opportunities, training and vouchers offered by local and national employers. Over 8,300 Kent students are currently involved, so why not join them and start earning your points!


We have over 6,000 volunteers working on projects at the University and in the local community. You can get involved in all sorts of ways: take part in a RaG raid with a group of friends, or take on one of our big challenges to support a specific cause and give yourself an unforgettable experience! Visit the Kent Union and GK Unions websites for details of how to get involved. 

Student Guide

The Student Guide will be extremely useful to you during Welcome Week and throughout your studies. As well as providing lots of handy information about University life, there are links to key services, your online student record, your timetable, LibrarySearch and Moodle.

Check out the Student Guide

Living on the Canterbury campus

These pages provide lots of useful information if you're living on the Canterbury campus.

Your guide to living on campus

Living at Liberty Quays

Read our useful guide to Liberty Quays.

Living with us (pdf)
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