University of Kent

Location of university

Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
Location of university
8.2 / 10

(based on ratings in 2016)


"It is located not too far from the town and off-campus student housing, which is convenient. I had the cheapest student accommodation on campus (Rutherford college) and found that it was highly overpriced for what we were getting. Facilities are nice and it's good to see constant renovations and improvements."
"It's a top location with a full campus life while still retaining easy access to a lively city centre. There are great sports facilities, a library, nightlife, food and drink all on campus. Sports and societies are very strong and we have a lot of opportunities for jobs and volunteering experience."
"The student accommodation is expensive but Canterbury is a great location and is essentially a safe student city. The gym facilities could be better and could do with a swimming pool specifically."
"The facilities are excellent and, although some adjustments need to be made to some equipment set up, they cannot be faulted. The gym is awful. I am studying sports science and the sports hall and on-site gym are really dismal. The equipment is worn, more than four people at a time and the place feels crowded and it is very dated. I would have thought the on-site gym where we study sports science would be exceptional. The gym is very good on the main campus, it's just a shame for everyone on this campus that ours is so poor."
"The campus is not far from the city centre but it is a long walk to a supermarket and the on-campus shop is very expensive due to it being a convenience store. The student accommodation is okay but only the very expensive ones have sofas and our kitchen did not have normal sized chairs, they had high stools that were extremely uncomfortable to sit on. There are many societies one can join and good facilities. However, the campus is lacking general spaces to hang out inside that aren't bars or clubs."
"Campus is about a 30-minute walk from town but buses are very frequent. There's lots to do in Canterbury and London is only an hour away on the train. The beach is close by too."
"My first-year student accommodation was fantastic as it was on campus, had en-suites and large kitchens and was generally a very social place to live. However, accommodation can be limited once you move off campus. In general, all accommodation is expensive compared to other parts of Britain. The facilities are excellent, although some buildings are now a little old fashioned and could do with updating. Being placed in Kent means being close to London and within easy reach of beach resorts and theme parks etc. The location is perfect."
"The university's location is great as it is near the seaside should you fancy a day out to the beach. We're also close to shopping centres such as Bluewater as well as the city of London itself. The library is open 24 hours a day, which is very helpful during the exam season and for students such as myself who prefer to study at night. The campus is very safe and, if in doubt, there is always the campus security around who also help you if you don't feel safe walking home on your own. Accommodation varies and I was very impressed with mine. There is a lot to do during the day from socials to visiting the gardens in town."
"The facilities are modern and up to date. There are a lot of restaurants, a cinema, an arcade place and parks to visit during the day."
"It's just outside of the city so it's not too much of a walk into town but, if you go in the opposite direction, you are in the Kent countryside very quickly and only a 40-minute walk away from the coast. Being so close to the countryside, the university tries to be as green as possible by planting new trees and promoting recycling. Kent is always updating its student accommodation so none of it feels old or tired and it's the same with the eateries. A couple of places to eat have recently undergone (or are currently undergoing) menu transformations to allow more choice for those with dietary issues."


"The campus facilities are very modern and really nice to use. The gym is amazing, as are the new student accommodations such as Keynes and Turing."
"Situated on the top of a hill, our campus has many great views over Canterbury town. Facilities are constantly being refurbished/upgraded, which will be good for future students. Lots of choices for student accommodation, from affordable to luxury."
"Excellent, placed in the middle of nature with rabbits and foxes on campus."
"The city of Canterbury is great for students and only a small walk from campus. The campus itself is good, although a lot of building work has taken place this year. This is especially true for the library, which has affected my learning. Student accommodation is very good, although expensive."
"The location is perfect, Canterbury is always buzzing with fun when students are around. During the holidays you get to appreciate its chilled side. I love that all the university facilities are on one site; from the university shop to medical centre to club venues to the library. One could literally move in in September and never have to leave the campus grounds. It's very convenient. The security provided to the students is amazing as well."
"The University of Kent is located in Canterbury, 10 – 15 minutes by bus from the city centre. The campus has two markets, a gym, sports pavilion and banks. The accommodation (five-person houses) is pretty nice but there is also the option to live in the flats."
"The town is breathtaking. Canterbury is quite small but its size gives it a sense of intimacy. Further, it is wonderfully steeped in so much culture and history. The campus is well planned, with it not being too spread out. The facilities are fine, although some buildings and seminar rooms ought to be updated. The student accommodation is, likewise, fine."
"The location is perfect for me, outside of the city but still just a short walk away. Beautiful views from campus of the historic city of Canterbury. The facilities on campus are also good and constantly being improved, the new Templeman Library extension for example. I also like that there is a wide choice of cafes, bars, and coffee shops so I can get a caffeine boost quickly whenever I need it. I lived in Tyler Court A last year and really enjoyed the experience. It was nice and central to campus, had a study hub located downstairs and had an en-suite and all the amenities I needed. The only downside was the small and awkward kitchen space, which was difficult to share between eight people."
"My university campus is located not far away from the town centre. Every facility is located not far away from the main campus, like the library and the gym. However, the student accommodation, especially Parkwood, is at least 15 to 20 minutes off campus. This isn't great for a uni with so much space."
"Student accommodation is expensive. Student bars/clubs are good and the sports centre is good. The downside is that you have to get a sports membership to be able to train with your club, which is on top of your club membership. The engineering department has recently had an investment and the computer rooms and facilities are extremely good."

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