University Guide

University of Kent

The University of Kent  was founded in 1965 and is a leading academic institution. The University offers a range of courses on four different campuses in the UK and Europe. These include the self-contained campus in Canterbury, a centre in Tonbridge and schools in both Brussels and Paris. Currently there are nearly 20,000 students studying at the University.

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University of Kent

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Kent.

  • Rankings

    The University of Kent is ranked 19th in the UK by The Times Higher Education for its research quality, with 97% of the research quality produced at international quality. The University has also been awarded Gold, the highest rating in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

  • Employability

    The University of Kent is committed to enhancing the employability of every student, assisting them to develop a wide range of skills that will be needed for the workplace. The Careers Team are on hand to help them compete and flourish in a competitive, fast-moving economy.

  • Fees

    All undergraduate students attending the Canterbury campus from the UK pay a fee of £9,250 per year for their course. The courses for overseas students range from £16,800 per year to £46,600 per year depending on the course. For students attending the Brussels campus, the fees also depending on the course, ranging from €10,150 to €27,100 per year.

  • Bursaries

    The University of Kent offers a number of bursaries and scholarships. A few examples of the schemes available are the Scholarships for Academic Excellence, sports scholarships, Study Abroad scholarships and bursaries for up to £4,500.


The university has accommodation at the Canterbury campus which is set in 300 acres of beautiful Kent parkland, and at the Medway campus which is set by the river in a fascinating mix of modern and historical buildings. There are rooms to suit everyone with both modern flats and shared houses, catered and non-catered options, as well as a choice of en-suite or shared bathrooms. Alternatively, AFS has a number of private accommodation suggestions here.

Students' Union

The University of Kent is a registered charity, meaning all the money spent by the 20,000 students attending the University, gets reinvested to fund activities and support networks such as the Advice Centre and the Job Shop. As well as countless societies and sports clubs, students can also get involved in charity work and community action.

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University of Kent Students' Union
University of Kent Students' Union

Famous for

The University of Kent has an impressive list of alumni success stories including graduates who have gone on to be politicians, athletes, celebrities and more. These include Orlando Bloom, Ellie Golding, Ivo Daalder and Sarah Waters.


The University’s Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries (iCCi) and its partners Medway Council and Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, have announced the development of an innovative new creative space for Medway. This will become a high-quality international creative digital hub that provides cutting edge technologies, performance and training opportunities.

AFS says

"Canterbury is renowned for its beautiful streets and world-famous cathedral. But as the majority of the city is populated with students, Canterbury also is littered with pubs, clubs and bars for every occasion".

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