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.


"The university has every sports society you can think of from football to American football to rugby to netball etc. It also has every other type of society under the sun including an African and Caribbean society, a Christian society, a performing arts society and a Catholic society etc. There will be a freshers' fair during welcome week where you will have the opportunity to explore what's available and sign up to anything and everything you want."
"Medway does not have many clubs and societies while Canterbury has many. There are big sports teams but an expensive gym membership is required to train with a team."
"There are several clubs that anyone can join, catering for all kinds of sex, age and religion etc. There are clubs for LGBT+, yoga, baking, wine tasting and all kinds of sports. There's are also clubs for international students depending on their home country and clubs for people's respective schools eg law society etc."
"There's a huge list of sports and societies that encompass a variety of topics. These are the perfect places to find people of similar interests and many new friends."
"Kent has an excellent society and sports team scene. There's a wide variety of interests represented here."
"Kent holds sports in high regard, hence why there are multiple sports societies to join, including running and cycling as well as rowing."
"The societies mainly cost money to join but the students' union puts on lots of good events."
"There's a range of different societies to join and members are very welcoming. There is a social gathering for each of the societies most weeks so you are able to keep up to date with everyone, no matter how busy they are, during the rest of the week."


"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."

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