University of Kent


  • Royal Charter granted in 1965; first 500 students enrol at Canterbury campus.
  • Tonbridge Centre specialising in part-time study opened in 1982.
  • University of Kent at Brussels, a postgraduate centre for programmes specialising in international studies opened in 1998.
  • Medway School of Pharmacy, a joint venture between the University of Kent and the University of Greenwich, launched in 2004 at the Medway campus.
  • The University welcomed its first students to the new Medway campus in 2005.
  • Woolf Postgraduate College opened in 2008.
  • Postgraduate centre in Paris launched in 2009 for specialist programmes in the Humanities.
  • New student accommodation at Liberty Quays in Medway opened in 2009.
  • Specialist postgraduate programmes at Athens launched in 2011.
  • Colyer Fergusson Music Building opened in 2012.
  • Significant investment into School of Arts facilities at Chatham Historic Dockyard in Medway saw a number of refurbished buildings; lecture theatres and studio spaces open in 2012.
  • Work commenced in 2013 on a 4000m2 extension to the Templeman Library on the Canterbury campus as the flagship project of the University’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
  • Specialist postgraduate programmes in Rome launched in 2013.
  • A new college, Turing College, established at the Canterbury campus and new student residences opened at Liberty Quays in Medway 2013.

Location and Transport

  • Campuses in Canterbury and Medway and specialist postgraduate centres in Brussels, Paris Athens and Rome. The University also has a part-time centre in Tonbridge.
  • University of Kent is well connected to London (via road or high speed train) and continental Europe (via ferry or Eurostar).
  • The Canterbury campus is vibrant, friendly and cosmopolitan, 20 minutes walk from Canterbury city centre. The historic Medway campus has a lively atmosphere with award winning buildings, industry-standard facilities and a great community. There is also a shuttle bus provided by the University, which runs at regular intervals between the Canterbury and Medway campuses.
  • The Canterbury campus is on a direct bus route to the city centre and is close to both Canterbury East and Canterbury West train stations.
  • The Medway campus is close to Chatham train station and regular buses service the campus from the station. Journey time to campus is approximately 15 minutes. Arriva buses also regularly service the campus.
  • The University of Kent, Brussels is located in a world centre for international affairs, close to a metro station, a train station and regular bus and tram services.
  • Our centre in Paris is at the Columbia Global Center (previously known as Reid Hall), in the heart of Montparnasse and a five-minute walk from the local metro station.
  • Kent’s centres in Athens and Rome are close to the main cultural sites and both centres have good bus connections to the surrounding areas.