Free sport and fitness membership | Kent Sport

Free student membership

Find your community, get healthy and have fun...all on us! As a University of Kent first-year student, you will receive a free sport and fitness membership as soon as you join us. Read on to see the options available and the benefits of your membership, whether you are a student at Canterbury or Medway.

Canterbury students

For 2023/24 we are providing a free Kent Sport top-tier membership, Premium Plus, to:

  • All first-year undergraduate students at the University of Kent studying at the Canterbury campus
  • All undergraduate and postgraduate students living in Canterbury campus accommodation

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Your membership

How will you get involved?

Frequently Asked Questions

Free Kent Sport Premium Plus membership is offered to:

  • All first-year undergraduate students at the University of Kent
  • All undergraduate and postgraduate students living in Canterbury campus accommodation, including KMMS students
  • All first-year students commuting from Pier Quays in Medway to Canterbury campus for teaching
  • Medway students who booked their Pier Quays room through the University of Kent and chose Kent Sport Membership instead of Medway Park Premier Membership.

In order to book recreational sports and activities, fitness and dance classes, ALL Active social sessions, and appointments at the Kent Sports Clinic, you will need to create a new online booking account. 

Visit our online booking portal to create a new account.

You can use the gym at any point within our advertised opening hours. Bookings for the gym are not required. 

Eligible students will have Kent Sport membership automatically loaded onto their Kent One cards (student ID). Your membership will activate soon after you arrive.  

Kent Sport Premium Plus membership is for the Canterbury campus only, and does not include access to Medway Park facilities.  

If you live on campus in accommodation booked through the University, you are eligible for free Kent Sport Premium Plus membership. This will be automatically added to your Kent One card (student ID).

See University accommodation options.

If you are living in private accommodation, you can still purchase a Kent Sport membership. See options for returning students on our student membership page.

Any other questions?

Contact us if you have any questions about Kent Sport membership.

Call us: 01227 823 623

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Medway students

For 2023/24, if you are a first-year undergraduate student at our Medway campus or student (both undergraduate or postgraduate) living in Pier Quays in Medway (booked directly through the University of Kent Accommodation team), you have a choice of receiving either:

  • A free Premium Plus membership at Kent Sport on the Canterbury campus (see above)
  • A Premier Medway Park Sports Membership (see below).

Medway Park - Premier membership

The Premier membership is a full membership that gives you unlimited access to Medway Park, Strood Sports Centre, Hoo Sports Centre, Splashes and The Strand. If you're eligible for free membership, you are now able to claim by contacting Medway Park directly:

  • Please call Medway Park on +44 (0)1634 336 655 to confirm you are eligible first
  • Students must then sign up face to face at the centre
  • Student ID card is all you need to take as proof to get signed up
  • Students must book in advance for everything once you have signed up 

What's included

The membership gives you access to:

  • 9-month membership
  • four fully-equipped gyms
  • full fitness class timetable with more than 150 classes and 14 days advance priority booking
  • five swimming pools including outdoor, leisure pool, hydrotherapy, spa and diving pit
  • specialised functional fitness zones at Medway Park, Strood and Hoo sports centres
  • free induction14 days advance priority booking on squash and badminton courts
  • free use of the athletics track at Medway Park
  • free use of the health suite with sauna and steam room at Strood 

Membership benefits

Other benefits include:

  • 30% discount for yourself and your children on Medway Swim Academy swimming lessons
  • discounted rate for your children to Medway’s Mini Youth Sports Camps10% discount on Medway Sport parties
  • pre-release sale and 50 per cent discounts on tickets to Major Sports Events held in Medway
  • free personalised fitness programme reviewed quarterly 


Call: 01634 336 655



Please note that the above membership is for the sports, fitness and recreation facilities in Medway only, and are for students living at Pier Quays or studying at the Medway campus who booked their accommodation directly through the University of Kent (rather than via Unite Students). These options do not include access to the sports facilities at the Canterbury campus - you need to pick one membership type only. 

Accommodation options

Living with your fellow students in University accommodation can be an unmissable part of your student experience.

In addition to sports membership there are loads of other benefits included with your room at Kent. From no utility bills (meaning your water, electricity, and Wi-Fi are covered), no deposits required to secure a room, inclusive personal possessions insurance, 24/7 on-site security and maintenance teams, your own reception and cycle storage area to name just a few!