Using our website is the most convenient and fast way to send payments to the university. Instructions on how to do this as well as other payment methods can be found on our website.
We have a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate student accommodation options available on both our Canterbury and Medway campuses. Depending on preference, students can choose between en-suite, non-en-suite, catered and part-catered accommodation.
accommodation is situated on our stunning Canterbury campus overlooking the
city while our Medway accommodation is situated in our stylish Pier Quays
development and is just a 15-minute walk away from Medway campus. More
information, including options, prices, virtual tours and how to apply can be
found on the accommodation webpages:
Yes, we set aside a number of rooms for returning students . First year and returning students typically live separately, although returners can apply for any accommodation option on campus except Turing College which is reserved only for first year students.
Accommodation applications for returning students open in mid-November and students can apply with their friends so they can live together or individually. Returning students enjoy all the same benefits as first year students such as no deposits, bills and insurance included, shorter contract offers and free Kent Sport membership.
Accommodation blocks are normally mixed-sex, however, if a student would prefer to be allocated to a single sex accommodation block, they can request for this by contacting the accommodation team via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Unfortunately, It cannot be guaranteed we will be able to fulfil this request, but the accommodation team will try their best to allocate students in their preferred accommodation choice.
Applicants who have received a conditional or an unconditional offer from the University can submit an application from January 2021. Applications can be made through our online accommodation portal
accommodation must be received by 31 July 2021. Late applications will be considered
subject to availability. View the full Canterbury accommodation application timeline
See the Getting Started website for guidance on whether students will need to obtain private medical insurance.
Students will become a junior member of one of the six Colleges at registration. They can find out which College they have been allocated to at the Student Portal under the 'my details' link.
If a student has any problems, they would like to discuss with a member of University staff, that cannot be resolved by their academic department, their College Master is available to offer advice and support.
The latest guidance on when students should arrive into the UK so they can enjoy the full benefits of our welcome week can be found on our Getting Started website
Information on September Arrivals 2020 will be posted here when it is available.
Unfortunately, this year we are unable to provide a pick-up service due to COVID-19.
Taxis are a direct way to travel in the UK, picking you up from your location and taking you straight to your destination. For this reason, taxis are considerably more expensive than public transport. Guidance on how to book a taxi to the University can be found on the Getting Started website
Guidance on how to travel to our Canterbury and Medway campuses via public transport or car can be found on the Getting Started website
Comprehensive guidance on how to open a bank account in the UK can be found on our Getting Started website
We recommend that students bring enough funds with them to the UK to cover the first few weeks while a bank account is being opened.
We will do everything to make sure our students have a positive experience while studying with us. Our dedicated Support and Wellbeing are available to all Kent students that need counselling and support.
Kent Union Advice centre also has trained immigration advisors that are available to assist international students who have queries related to their tier 4 Visa.
We have a wide range of societies at Kent to suit a wide range of interests, whether they be, Sports, Community Action, Faith or Cultural. We also have a number of societies for Kent students from different countries and regions or those with the interest to learn more about different cultures around the world.
Our campuses and local communities offer an extensive and vibrant selection of places to eat and things to do. For example, the Canterbury campus also has it’s own cinema and theatre called the Gulbenkian which hosts live shows.
On-campus security at Canterbury includes 24/7 campus patrols and CCTV, night-time campus walking taxi service, free personal safety alarms and nearly all our accommodation is protected by key card entry.
Access to the Medway campus is monitored by the gatehouse staff and members of security patrol the site 24 hours a day.
The accommodation at Pier Quays features comprehensive CCTV coverage, 24 hour security and electronic entry systems.
There is a Police Community Support Officer based in the Drill Hall Library on who regularly patrols the campus and all areas are covered by CCTV.
Download the SafeZone app
The University has also has free service to help give round-the-clock safety reassurance to staff and students in the form of a SafeZone app. Students can download this from the app store for either Apple or Google.
The University’s Canterbury campus, situated on parkland overlooking Canterbury’s World Heritage Site, is home to over 16,400 students from 159 nationalities and has a cosmopolitan atmosphere. 40% of our academic staff are from overseas as well.
You can also get a feel of our international community by viewing our wide range of international societies
Both of our Canterbury and Medway campuses are easy to get to by public transport whether it be by bus, coach or train.
- The cost of living in the UK while studying at can vary depending on a few factors including accommodation, location and lifestyle.
If your child has obtained their results and they meet all the other conditions on their offer then they will proceed to going unconditional. If they are undergraduate and have not met their grades, they could apply via Clearing
After your child has received their results and all conditions of offer are met, their application will be assessed to see if a visa is required. If this is the case our Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) team will be in touch to obtain the relevant information that they might require to produce this document.
Information on applying for a CAS can be found on our student immigration website
Under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in the UK we are unable to discuss any application decisions with anyone unless it is the applicant themselves.
However, we can have written consent from the student advising that their application may be discussed with a named person such as a parent or educational representative. This information will then be added to the students record for the University to be aware of the situation.
Unless you are a named person on your child’s application we will be unable to discuss this with you.
To study at Kent, your child needs to show evidence of their proficiency in spoken and written English and this would also be required for visa purposes as well.
International students can do this in a variety of ways either via an approved English test such as IELTs or in some cases we can make assessments by using the qualification. View the qualifications that we can accept for English purposes at the University
If you child cannot meet these requirements, the University also offers their own in-house English courses. These courses take place before your child starts their degree. Upon successful completion of the course this qualification can be used to progress to the main degree programme. More information on these courses
We are also currently offering our own online English Test which covers Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking components which chis can potentially be used to meet our English Language requirements. More information
At Kent 95% of undergraduate and 97% of postgraduate students are in work or study six months after graduation. For more information on the careers our graduates go on to have, please visit our course pages.
At Kent, we have our own dedicated Careers and Employability Service (CES) that offers students and recent alumni assistance with finding employment, CV writing, application reviews, mock interviews and other careers guidance.
Here you can also find out more about the jobs that are advertised through our CES team as well as the careers fairs and employability events that take place throughout the year.
For students looking for part time jobs while studying, Kent Union has a Jobshop that advertise part time jobs in the local area.
As well as earning money while studying, part time jobs can enable students to gain valuable work experience and increase their employability. The Jobshop also host job fairs where a variety of companies attend who offer part-time, temporary and seasonal employment opportunities for Kent students. More information on Jobshop
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