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What to bring to campus

The PCs, laptops, phones, tablets and games consoles you can use at Kent

Your device must meet the security requirements below if you want to use it on WiFi, wired internet or VPN.

Security requirements

Mobiles and tablets

To be able to connect, your device needs to support WPA2 Enterprise/AES encryption (and most do). As a guide, it needs to have one of these operating system versions (or its latest equivalent) with all security and system updates:

  • Apple phones and tablets: iOS 8 and above
  • Google Nexus devices, most Samsung devices, some HTC phones and some branded tablets (eg Kindle Fire): Android 6 and above
  • Nokia, and some HTC phones: Windows Phone 8 and 10

If your device isn't receiving security updates anymore, you're not allowed to use it on our network. You should also use a PIN or password.

Laptops, Macs and PCs

Only secure and supported operating systems are allowed on our network: Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10, and Mac OS 10.10 and above. Linux may work but we can't provide user support.

Live-in students


  • Canterbury bedrooms have wired internet (as well as WiFi) so bring a network cable (ethernet cable) with you.
  • Games consoles in student accommodation
  • Printing: if you plan to bring a printer, you can’t use it on our WiFi. You need one that you can connect by cable to your laptop (and remember to bring the cable!). You can also use student print/copy/scan machines on campus. There’s a small charge for printing.


If you're living at Liberty Quays you should be able to use a wireless printer and a games console. About your internet service: Ask4.


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Last Updated: 03/04/2017