The University of Kent provides outstanding teaching and excellent employability, with many opportunities to study and work abroad. All students are able to benefit from its award-winning student support, which includes a huge range of academic and personal support services.
City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town


In or close to the countryside


On the coast, near the sea


The university is composed of individual colleges


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site


Located on a green space in, or near to, a city or town centre

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: K24

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 80%
  • Postgraduate 20%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 91%
  • Part Time 9%

Where students come from

  • UK 77%
  • EU 8%
  • Other 15%

Student gender

  • Male 47%
  • Female 53%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The Templeman Library on the Canterbury campus, and the Drill Hall Library on the Medway campus both have extensive print and electronic collections, along with study spaces, different zones for different types of study and cafés. Students are able to use both libraries.
  • The university offers free skills training workshops, online tutorials and the chance to earn a recognised IT qualification (ECDL). The libraries are equipped with assistive technology, software, apps and productivity tools to enable students to save time, write well and study their way.
  • A website designed specifically for new students offers a one-stop-shop for all the key services new students need; and the Student Guide app puts information at students' fingertips – including live PC availability, timetables and other essentials. IT facilities include hundreds of networked PCs across both the Canterbury and Medway campuses. Each library has PCs, loan laptops, wireless Internet access and printing and photocopying facilities.

Student jobs

  • Kent Union runs Jobshop to help students find temporary, seasonal and part-time work; examples of vacancies include IT workers, marketing and administrative assistants, web developers, project managers, market researchers, bar and waiting staff, personal tutors, models, child carers and retail assistants.
  • Kent Union employs a large number of students in a variety of different paid roles including catering or bar staff, student ambassadors and temping.
  • The university runs a successful student ambassador scheme. Undergraduate and postgraduate students are employed in a range of paid roles to represent the university at on-campus events as well as in local schools, colleges and the community.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Employability Service (CES) provides guidance on all aspects of career planning and decision-making for all students, at any stage of their degree and for up to three years after graduation.
  • CES hosts an annual Employability Festival with workshops, talks and presentations from guest speakers and industry experts.
  • CES advertises internships, work shadowing, graduate vacancies and local opportunities. A database of job vacancies allows students to search using a range of complex criteria including worldwide locations.
  • KEW-NET is a professional mentoring and networking platform which enables students and alumni of the university to share experience and expertise, offer work placements/internships, network with fellow alumni and offer mentoring opportunities.
  • The university's Employability Points scheme rewards students for their involvement in extracurricular activities, which can be redeemed for rewards that include paid internships, project placements, work experience, training, vouchers and more. There are currently over 8,300 students and 147 companies engaged with the scheme.

Health services

  • Canterbury students can register with the University Medical Centre, an on-campus specialist GP practice. The Canterbury campus also has a nursing service available from 7am–midnight, and after midnight for emergencies. Students living further off campus are encouraged to register with a doctor close to their term-time accommodation.
  • Medway students can register with The Sunlight Centre Surgery. There is also a first aid/medical room where students can seek medical advice during term-time from a nurse practitioner from the Sunlight Surgery.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university has a Well-being team of advisers, counsellors and student mentors who can provide free support if students are experiencing distress arising from psychological, emotional or mental health issues.
  • All Kent students are able to access the Big White Wall – a free, 24/7 online support overseen by qualified therapists for issues around mental health and well-being. It offers peer talk therapies, peer support and networks, creative therapies, and guided groups.
  • Canterbury Nightline is a listening and information service run by trained student volunteers, which supports students throughout the night. Online self-help resources include a range of apps and e-therapy guides. Students can also attend group work support, including how to manage stress, and relaxation workshops around exam time.

Disability support

  • Advisers can meet students on a one-to-one basis to discuss their needs, liaising with university departments on their behalf and helping them access learning and teaching materials in alternative formats. The team can advise and help students with Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) applications.
  • Assistive technologies include a selection of free tools, apps and software that can save students time, making it easier to access study material and increase productivity.
  • The University and Kent Union supports UK Disability History Month and hosts a range of events, talks and workshops.

Other services and facilities

  • The chaplaincy lead worship and run social and educational events. The team is both ecumenical and multifaith, serving various Christian traditions as well as the Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist communities.

Students' Union

  • Kent Union represents all students' interests at the university and in the wider community. It provides a wide variety of facilities as well as advice and support on a range of academic, welfare, financial and housing-related concerns.
  • Medway students are members of both Kent Union and GK Unions. GK Unions is a partnership between Greenwich Students' Union and Kent Union on the shared Medway campus.
  • Kent Union's buddy scheme helps new students settle in by pairing them up with a current student. A buddy can suggest societies or sports teams to join, recommend places or events to attend, or help introduce students to some like-minded friends.


  • A Royal Charter was granted in 1965, creating the University of Kent at Canterbury, and the first 500 students enrolled at Canterbury campus.
  • Following its expansion to Medway, the university changed its name to the University of Kent in 2003.
  • The university has further expanded to a number of European locations and now has specialist postgraduate centres in four European capital cities. The Brussels School of International Studies opened in 1998, the Paris School of Arts and Culture opened in 2009, the University of Kent at Athens opened in 2011 and the Rome School of Classical and Renaissance Studies opened in 2013.

Fascinating Fact

  • Known as the 'UK's European University', the University of Kent is the only UK university with specialist postgraduate centres in Athens, Brussels, Paris and Rome.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Alan Davies – comedian and actor.
  • Gavin Esler – journalist, author and chancellor of the University of Kent.
  • Ellie Goulding – award-winning singer-songwriter.
  • Kazuo Ishiguro – author and Nobel Prize in Literature winner (The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go).
  • Dame Carolyn McCall DBE – chief executive of ITV.
  • The Right Reverend Dame Sarah Mullally – bishop of London.
  • Wayne Otto OBE ­– World and European karate champion.
  • Neal Purvis and Robert Wade ­– BAFTA-nominated screenwriters for the James Bond film, Casino Royale.
  • Susannah Townsend MBE – Olympic gold medal for hockey at Rio 2016.
  • Tom Wilkinson OBE – actor, BAFTA and Emmy award winner, Oscar nominee.
  • Fu Ying – chair of the foreign affairs committee of the National People’s Congress of China.


The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ