Benefits of living at Kent

Are you making the most of living in Canterbury or Medway? Check out what you’re entitled to as a resident, including discounts at local shops and restaurants.

Canterbury-specific benefits

Being in a World Heritage Site and having a Cathedral on your doorstep aren’t the only benefits of living in Canterbury. You can also make the most of the following perks:


Canterbury has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants for you to discover. Many will offer a student discount too! As a Kent student you can also visit the Canterbury Cathedral for free by showing your KentOne card. 

Gulbenkian cinema and theatre

We're lucky enough to have a cinema and theatre at our Canterbury campus. The Gulbenkian often have discounts available for students too. 


It’s easy to get around Canterbury without a car. We work with Stagecoach to offer a highly discounted bus ticket. Discover the travel discounts available to you

Kent Union societies, sports and events

Kent Union is your students' union at Canterbury. Kent Union offers plenty of ways to get involved and meet new people. You can try out sports, societies, volunteering and a wide variety of events.

Medway-specific benefits

There are many benefits to studying in Medway – being a stone’s throw away from a castle, cathedral and the Chatham Dockyard - and the following pros:

Cinema offering student discount 

The Odeon Cinema is just across the road from the Medway campus and with your student card you can get discount tickets. View showings.

Eating out

As well as places to eat on campus, you can find the campus is Dockside shopping centre located very closed to campus with a wide range of restaurants and cafes. 


We work with Arriva bus company to offer you a highly discounted bus ticket. You can also catch the high-speed train to London in under an hour!

The Hub sports, societies and events

Find your students' union at The Hub in Medway. They offer a range of sports, societies, volunteering and events to help you meet people and get involved. 

General student benefits

Student discounts

As a student you are entitled to many student discounts. Check out places like TOTUM, Student Beans and UNiDAYS to see where you can save money.

Council tax

Most students don’t have to pay council tax - find out if you’re exempt.

Have your say

During your time at University you will have the opportunity to vote not only in local elections, but UK and EU elections. Register to vote.

Join your residents association

Residents associations can answer any questions you have about the local area. By joining your neighbourhood's residents association you will find out about local events, services and the neighbourhood watch scheme.

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