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The University of Kent is in the South East of England and is situated within 300 acres of parkland, just north of Canterbury. There are also postgraduate campuses in Brussels and Paris for those who want to study abroad. The University of Kent is known for its world class research and is ranked 24th in the world as a research centre.
With Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences faculties, there are plenty of courses to choose from. Kent has been ranked in the top 15 in the UK for its courses in Psychology, Business and Economics, Anthropology, Architecture and Modern Languages.
The University is designed as a self-contained campus and offers high quality and up to date facilities. Inside the Gulbenkian arts complex is a bar, cafe, restaurant and small stage which hosts comedy shows and jazz nights throughout the year. There is also a cinema theatre which is used as a lecture hall during the day and cinema in the evening. The Universities sports centre holds hockey and football pitches, tennis and squash courts, gymnasium and dance studio. The Venue is the Universities night club which holds nights out during the week for students. There are also eight places to eat on campus.
The campus has space for 4,800 students to live on site and offers self-catered or catered halls. There is also housing off site in the city centre or surrounding areas which is often chosen by students entering their second and third years. The centre of Canterbury is only a twenty minute walk away and is an historic site, particularly in respect to the Cathedral established by Augustine in AD600, which now holds the graduation ceremonies each year. The City also offers; a vibrant shopping area; the Marlowe Theatre which hosts touring West end shows as well as dance, drama, music and comedy nights; plenty of restaurants and bars and also hosts the very popular annual Canterbury festival which attracts visitors from around the world.
Canterbury is ideally located for reaching London which is only 56 miles away. The Eurostar is also easily accessible for travelling to Paris and Brussels so is idea for international students or students wanting to travel abroad. Although it is close to London, Canterbury is set in one of the most beautiful parts of the country with 120 miles of coastline and plenty of beaches where water sports such as kayaking, wind-surfing and water-skiing are available.
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Great uni so far, although the library may get busy, there are many study hubs tucked away that always have a lot of space. Nightlife is abundant and always something going on at the bars or venue . The town is accessable easily by bus or walking if not essentials is on your doorstep. The uni itself is very well maintained , and walking through parkwood is great to clear your mind and get lost in some trees. The WiFi when it works is reliable, but many areas the WiFi simply cuts off (such as the back of parkwood) and this is frustrating.
Money grabbing university. Will do anything possible to get even more money from you ranging from fines related to your halls, making noise, etc through to fining you for parking on campus. Lectures are diabolical, consists of a powerpoint read word for word, help from lecturers is never given, seminar supervisors are students who have no knowledge in what they're teaching you and more often than not, know not much at all. Would not wish my worst enemy go to Kent.
They say we're the same as Canterbury campus and we're linked, but we're not. It's very much canterbury campus is Kent university and then there's Medway campus. The forgotten campus. Recently the presidential campaign for kent union came to Medway and none of them has ever really spent time on the campus. One even said that Medway campus is their own thing so he wouldn't even bother coming down anyway. It's not what I thought a university campus would be like. It's just terrible.
I think Kent has a great campus, which isn't too large or too small, the furthest I can imagine anyone walking is 40 minutes (from the furthest part of Parkwood to Darwin probably). Venue holds a special place in my heart too, I love that place. The amount of clubs and societies are great, though I wish Kent sport promoted all sports clubs equally (no photographer bothered to come to our varsity gala which we won).
My experience so far at Kent has been marred by my location at the Medway Campus: The town in which this campus resides is deprived of funding and has huge unemployment, making the expected "cultural experience" of going to university a slap in the face. The main campus feels like a commuter campus as it is the smaller secondary shared campus for Greenwich, Kent and CCCU meaning there is practically nothing besides religious societies and men only sports teams. The Drill Hall Library saves this campus from being a disaster, as it is well stocked and computers are always available. I am starting work at the newly built Student Hub opening in September this year, which I hope is a vast improvement to the feel of the campus. The Dockyard Campus where Kent Business School is located, is beautiful and regularly used for filming, lectures take place in a beautiful old church and there is free access to the Maritime museum featuring a submarine and two huge ships.
Great uni. Holds socials all the time. Had its own club, Bars and restaurants. WiFi available campus wide. Nice location. On a hill. Can see the whole of Canterbury. They have societies and clubs for most things. Great social life
Well, I live in Medway (Gillingham) and it is just awful, so many muggings, people setting off fire alarms to raid people's stuff, smoking in places you're not supposed to and the area is very 'chavvy' and honestly just not a safe place to live in yet alone study for students, who's first experience living by themselves could be the same as mine, just awful.
My accommodation is expensive but so much nicer than I expected. Having bars, restaurants and a nightclub on campus is really convenient. There's always something going on and living on campus makes it easy to feel part of a community.
The university of Kent pretty much offers everything, it has a wide range of societies, the committees are all really good aswell. The student support service is amazing here, and the ampus is really well equipped with it's own shop (granted it's slightly more expensive). I live in the 'worst' accommodation in Darwin College, but honestly I love it and all my housemates so I wouldn't live anywhere else, (plus its almost the cheapest one on campus)
UKC is a really good quality uni, they have great scholarships available (look into it for real, sometimes you have to apply for the scholarship whilst you're applying through UCAS). But the Student Union is a little bureaucratic and there is always building work going on and everything's pretty freaking expensive, you better give up on doing laundry unless you want to spend a tenner every time to get your stuff dry. The library is cool, too much building work though. On campus food is a bit gross unless you go to the Gulbenkian but that's pretty expensive (unless you get a jacket potato) The Venue is gross but loads of people love it so it's probably decent if you like that kind of thing, although actually they all claim to hate it so I'm not really sure what's going on there. There's an AMAZING view from certain places in the uni. Kinda obstructed by building work though which is really annoying. I came to this place for the view and the ducks and the scholarship...
Yeah so far so good. Not much gets complained about here apart from the 9am lectures and seminars. Haven't tried out all services, such as the career's service so I can't rate it too accurately but I haven't heard anything negative about it.
The campus is very open and full of nature. There are rabbits, plenty of trees, green areas and fresh air. It's a short walk away from Canterbury city centre yet the university itself is situated atop a hill. The staff are incredibly helpful and very friendly, and I'm yet to have a bad experience with anything related to the university itself.
Definitely made the right choice of university! The nightlife is not the best as there are only a handful of clubs in town but nevertheless that means there's never an empty club seen. The eduroam wifi is poor but I have discovered that it is not the university's fault and many other universities use eduroam aswell! The societies are fantastic, there are many to choose from and something for everyone! It is even easy to set up your own society which I have done in the space of 2 weeks. There is never a boring day at Kent!
Well run university, student village is brilliant. Teaching quality is excellent and courses are well laid out with high accessibility to resources online and physically. Student union can be slightly expensive but all events have a good vibe and are very professional.
A generally fantastic university which endorses work/life balance and the need for its students to undergo a smooth transition from academic to professional life. Offering a wide range of degrees and expert knowledge from its staff, this will surely satisfy any prospective students wishing to embark on high class HE, just a short while from London without the extortionate cost of living within the capital. A great place to study also for international students, whose large amount every year helps both new internationals socialise with their compatriots to settle in, and existing students develop firm relationships with citizens from different geographical, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. I am always proud of being a member of this institution and will continue to be upon my graduation.
Not been to the on-campus club but I have heard rumours that it isn't so great, and the drinks are very expensive. There are a great range of societies, all of which have friendly committees who are welcoming and are eager to get to know those who join. The Wifi is fantastic but it can take a little while to connect at first, but otherwise, it's perfect.
The campus isn't too big nor too small, plenty of bars and places to eat. Useful having an on-campus store and several careers offices. Lecturers and seminar leaders are always quick to respond by email and lecturers give easy access to resource information. No regrets about choosing this university.
It has everything you could possibly want. Amazing campus, wonderful facilities, WiFi almost everywhere (every building has it), always bombarded with opportunities for jobs and career help, lots of bonus lectures and events, an active student union that genuinely care and succeed, a society for almost everything you could want and plenty of bars, clubs and places to eat!
Great university, loads of restaurants with different cultural food to try, friendly people, nice area and helpful people. Wifi always worked, works everywhere on campus (this is useful because it's hard to get coverage in Canterbury anyway)
UKC is a really good uni, the lecturers are really helpful and enthusiastic about their subjects. The support for dyslexia is incredible! The sports facilities are good for almost all sports. The city is beautiful, however the night life is a bit drab, unless you love pubs.