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On our Canterbury campus you have access to all of the University’s resources, with everything you need to enjoy student life and help you in your studies.

Campus life is ideal for students from overseas as it provides a self-contained environment with everything in one place. You are only ever a few minutes away from your classes.  

Campus facilities

Academic facilities include:

  •  the multimillion-pound Templeman Library offering access to a huge collection of books, periodicals and journals
  • state-of-the-art laboratories
  • study hubs conveniently located across campus. 

Facilities on campus include two general stores, a bookshop, cinema, theatre, cash machines, laundrettes, medical centre and pharmacy. There are also lots of places to eat and drink, ranging from a traditional dining hall to cafes, bars and bistros – not forgetting the green expanse of lawns overlooking the city of Canterbury, ideal for a summer picnic. 

For the safety of our students during the coronavirus pandemic, some of these facilities are currently closed but they will reopen when the UK Government's advice indicates it is safe to do so. 

Exterior view of Woody's student hub on the Canterbury campus on a sunny winter day

Kent Union's social and study space, Woody's, in the Park Wood area of the campus.

Accommodation

Students on the autumn start IFP are able to apply for any of our campus accommodation, which ranges from rooms in traditional-style colleges to shared flats and houses. Students on the spring start IFP can apply for a selected range of options – contact accomm@kent.ac.uk for details. 

Male and female student talking in the kitchen of Tyler Court B student accommodation

The shared kitchen in Tyler Court B self-catered accommodation.

Sports and societies

Getting involved in sports and societies is a great way to enjoy student life and at Kent there is lots going on. Even during the coronavirus pandemic, societies have found safe ways to continue online; when UK Government guidance allows,  our sports centre is open, with additional cleaning and social distancing measures in place to help to keep people safe.

Sports facilities include a fitness suite, fitness and dance studio, sports halls, squash courts and a dedicated area for martial arts training. Outdoors, pitches include 3GX, 3G, Astroturf and grass pitches. You can get involved in sports just for fun, or at a competitive level: there are over 60 student sports clubs for everything from American Football to Ultimate Frisbee. Visit Kent Sport to find out more. 

Kent students run a huge range of societies. Whether you're into adventure gaming, dance, drama, music or mindfulness, you want to meet fellow students from your home country or you want to learn more about the academic subjects on offer at Kent, there's sure to be a friendly group you can join. Visit Kent Union to find out more about student activities.  

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The University offered a variety of events that allowed students to introduce themselves – from the Arab Society that invited us to karaoke nights, to the Harry Potter Society who played Quidditch.

Explore further

Set in 300 acres of park and woodland, the University campus overlooks the historic city of Canterbury and provides stunning views of the world-famous Cathedral.  You can walk, cycle or take the regular bus service into the city centre to explore its medieval buildings, restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. The seaside towns of Whitstable, Margate or Broadstairs with their beautiful beaches offer more opportunities for rest or relaxation. Dover Castle, Rochester Castle and the Historic Dockyard at Chatham are all close by for a fascinating day out. Or head to London, just an hour away by high-speed train. 

A punt on the River Stour in Canterbury
Visit Kent.

Take the opportunity to explore Canterbury and the surrounding area

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