University of Kent
Clubs and social environment
Please tell us more about the social environment, sports clubs and societies and anything else you think candidates need to know about life at your university.
"There are over 200 societies and sports clubs at Kent, ranging in prices. It's easy to find a community outside of your studies. If you like sports but don't want to commit to one sport then there are initiatives such as 'let's play', which are cheaper and aim to get people active."
"There is lots going on; you'll never be bored or lonely as all you have to do is walk around the plaza and there's always some society doing fundraising or a market etc."
"There are a lot of sports available and most of what you can think of is provided by the university, which can be accessed if a membership is purchased. Existing societies can be joined or anyone can make their own new one. There are a lot of societies and they are all listed on a website with the price to join or just the details to contact them."
"There are loads of sports clubs and societies for everyone. There's usually a fair promoting these twice a year and it's definitely worth checking out. You might discover a passion you always wanted to try."
"There are many societies on campus with reasonable membership fees. Membership to the society for your subject (eg law society) is free for students."
"There are so many societies that there's something for everyone. I joined a charity-based one to raise money for Mind and did a skydive this year!"
"Kent has loads of societies and it is hard not to want to join several, especially in the first year. There are many to choose from and they all offer different things. It is nice to have things related to your course of study but you can always broaden your horizons with several other societies that cater for all tastes. There are several sports (though these tend to be a bit more on the pricey side) and there are societies dedicated to dance, literature, drama, film, art and many others including Quidditch."
"There is a good social environment with many clubs and campaigns that you can join in with. I'm actually the women's officer for 2017-18 because I joined in the women's campaign and loved every moment. I'm also secretary for the 'respect the no' campaign, treasurer for the disability and neurodiversity society and a member of the baking society. There's something for everyone."
"The societies often cost a lot of money, particularly the sports ones as you are required to pay for a gym membership even if it is not relevant to the sport you are doing."
"Kent Uni has so many societies! What is great is that the societies are all so different. There are the classic sports ones but also ones connected to charities, films and hobbies. The campus club Venue is small but decent for a night out."
"Societies and sport clubs are well managed. To use the sport facilities, a fee is needed."
"Canterbury is a vibrant city and full of students as we have four universities in such a small area. The lecturers are very helpful and we also have homework clubs where you can go if you're having difficulties."
"There are lots of cafes/bars on campus and the library social area is a huge hub for all years. Sports and societies are plentiful and if there isn't a society for you it's not too difficult to set up something new."
"There are many sports societies for all different types of sports. Kent prides itself on how our sports clubs are provided for and run."
"There is a wide range of societies to join, from the obvious to the strange ones. I am part of the music society but I know there is an amateur dramatics one, a gaming one etc. There are lots of sporting events that the university union tries to get us into and the uni is quite local to Medway Park. The Medway campus is quite small but that adds to the appeal, plus the library is brilliant."
"The university has so many societies that one could join. I joined a lot of these and, with time, I picked out the ones I loved most. The only disadvantage about some societies, eg sports societies, is that their membership is really high and you have to get a gym membership on top of that to use the facilities with your society."
"There are plenty of opportunities for sports. However, the university does nothing to help with costs and to join teams is costly."
"I think the town is very peaceful and quiet. The closeness to nature makes it an ideal place to relax and study. We have the Gillingham F.C. Sports club (a division four team) and the Kent F.C. (Which does very well in the BUS league). I am a member of the student media, which means I regularly have contact with different people."
"There are a lot of great sports clubs. However, to join them you have to pay a gym membership. It's pretty expensive and may mean people get excluded from sports, particularly when there is an expensive team membership to pay on top of that. However, there is an amazing selection of both sports and societies. You have great opportunities through them as well as the chance to take responsibility by being on a committee."