All students and academic staff at Kent belong to one of our six colleges. Each one is named after a distinguished British scholar – Darwin, Eliot, Keynes, Rutherford, Turing and Woolf.

We are one of only a handful of UK universities to have a collegiate system. Colleges aren’t just where students live in their first year. They are places to relax, socialise and make friends with people of many nationalities and from across all subjects.

As well as lecture theatres, seminar rooms and computer rooms, they house the bars, social areas and dining rooms that create a sociable, diverse and close-knit college community. They also provide a valuable support network, offering a range of social activities and professional services.

College affiliation is linked to your accommodation, so take a look at our Student Guide to see where you could belong.

Support network

Your college offers a range of support services and social activities. The Student Committee is a key part of college life, arranging social events and playing a key role in student welfare.

Every college has a Master’s Office. This is the first port of call for any questions about university life. They are also responsible for ensuring safe student conduct and enforcing University regulations.

Support and services

Food and drink

Every college has somewhere you can relax and enjoy something to eat or drink. The diverse range of catering outlets on campus means you can sample menus from around the world. From a classic roast in Rutherford to beef brisket in Darwin, or a flamin’ nacho burger in Eliot to Thai vegetable curry in Keynes – you won’t have trouble finding something you fancy.

Find out where to eat, drink and shop on campus.

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