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Canterbury students

Your first few weeks are about settling in, making friends and finding out about the services Kent has to offer to help you succeed, both academically and personally.

Preparing for arrival

You’re all set. You’ve completed all the pre-arrival steps and now you can look forward to everything that lies ahead. You may be feeling a bit anxious or you may be counting the days (or both!) so here’s a few things to think about before it all starts.

Still have to complete some of the pre-arrival steps? Please complete these as soon as possible.

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Making friends and meeting people

Feeling anxious about meeting new people? Break the ice before you arrive and join the Kent Facebook group. You can also connect with Rowena, our student rep, on Facebook Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.

Discover what the students' union has planned by checking out their pages:

New starters!

Excited about getting here? Don't know what to pack? Want to find your flat/housemates? Check out our facebook page...

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Hello IT and Library!

We're here to help you make the most of Library and IT resources, and to introduce you to the key services you need as a new student.

Find out about making the most of your library and getting started with email, Wi-Fi and other resources on our Hello IT and Library! page.

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It may seem boring now, but it's important to keep a track of your finances. Have a look at our video guide - it'll give you some handy tips

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Get active with Kent Sport student membership!

Get ready for the start of your University experience by purchasing your Kent Sport membership.

Members of Kent Sport enjoy all the amazing sport, fitness and recreation facilities and activities available; play badminton with friends, cycle the Crab and Winkle, challenge your housemate to a game of squash, try classes from BodyPump to Zumba or get active in social and competitive sports like football and hockey.

Want more info? Check out Kent Sport

download the Student Life booklet

If you're living on campus, this handy booklet gives you all the information you need about your accommodation.

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Not living in University accommodation or have a family?

If you're commuting or you live locally, you may find our page for local and commuting students helpful. If you're an international student and you're bringing any children with you, you may find our students with families page a useful source of information.

Want more info? Check out our FAQ for new students and Useful links and information

getting around

Campus is on a direct bus route, which makes getting around really simple. There's also cycle routes and plenty of bike shelters.

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Connect with your mentor

Academic Peer Mentoring (APM) partners current students with new students to help support their learning. Mentors give advice on good study strategies, course content, practical tips for student life and anything in between! APM operates in participating schools and is co-ordinated by the Student Learning Advisory Service (SLAS)

More information

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We're here to make sure that you have the best possible experience alongside your academic studies.

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Student Guide

Check out the Student Guide for timetables, Moodle, events and loads more


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It's more than an ID card - find out more about the KentOne card

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Kent students blog

A blog written by current students about life and study at Kent


Useful links and information

Other information you may find useful once you're settled in