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Student Accommodation

  • The university does not guarantee accommodation. First year home undergraduate students will be offered a room if they meet the all of the eligibility criteria and apply for accommodation before the specified deadline.
  • The university has 5,400 bedrooms on the Canterbury campus with over 85% of rooms self-catered.
  • There are 1,100 en-suite study bedrooms in Medway at Liberty Quays which is approximately 15–20 minutes' walk from the Pembroke site and The Historic Dockyard Chatham site.

Accommodation Costs

Catered from £5,018 to £7,795 per year
Self-Catered from £3,574 to £7,543 per year

The costs above are for the academic year 2019/20

Student Life

  • The Canterbury campus overlooks the city of Canterbury, a World Heritage site. It's a lovely cultural city with medieval buildings, lively bars, atmospheric pubs and a wide range of shops. The city's world-famous cathedral is the venue for the Canterbury students' degree ceremonies. With a strong focus on the arts, there are a number of galleries, and the annual Canterbury Festival attracts thousands of visitors from across the UK and Europe. Canterbury is also only 6 miles from the sea and the famous seaside town of Whitstable is close by.
  • The Medway campus is close to the bustling towns of Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham, which have a rich and fascinating history. Charles Dickens lived in both Chatham and Rochester, and Rochester Cathedral – where Kent holds its Medway degree ceremonies – is the second oldest cathedral in the UK. Medway also has a long and distinguished naval history; Lord Horatio Nelson's famous flagship, The Victory, was built at the Historic Dockyard.

Nightlife and Culture

  • On the Canterbury campus, The Venue nightclub has a capacity of 1,200 and is open three nights a week, providing a range of music genres and a full events programme with many guest appearances. Within the city of Canterbury there are many cafés and bars and in the summer the Dane John Gardens – a Green Heritage Site – is a venue for concerts from brass bands to rock. 
  • Culture can be found at Canterbury's two theatres: the Gulbenkian at the University of Kent, which includes a cinema, and The Marlowe. Other attractions in the area include museums and art galleries. As well as walking tours, Canterbury can also be explored via the river tours that wind through the city.
  • At Medway, the university's Student Hub has a long history: when the campus was a naval barracks the Student Hub was a swimming pool, inspiring current students to name the restaurant and bar The Deep End. It hosts quiz and comedy nights, live music and nightclub events. The Medway area has a thriving music scene and great pubs and clubs offering regular discounts. Favourite haunts include MooMoo Clubrooms in Gillingham and, further afield, Maidstone offers the opportunity of some great nights out. If students fancy a night out in London, the bright lights are less than an hour away by train.
  • Medway has two theatres, and The Historic Dockyard Chatham is a great place to visit. It's been used as a location for many films and popular TV shows; it has three warships and a submarine and hosts a wide range of events.


  • Canterbury and Medway campuses are 30 miles apart, and a free shuttle bus runs regularly between the two campuses during term-time.
  • Canterbury is pedestrian-friendly with traffic encouraged to stay out of the city centre. The city is ideal for cycling, with plenty of designated paths.
  • Bus services to nearby to Whitstable and Herne Bay make these towns desirable cheaper places to live whilst studying in the area.
  • From Canterbury, London is 55 miles and 1 hour away by train. The Eurostar to the Continent is easily accessible from Ashford International, with a train service from Canterbury West. Gatwick Airport is a 1-hour drive. A ferry from nearby Dover to Calais takes about 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • From Medway it is just 45 minutes by fast train from London and 75 minutes by train from the Channel ports.