Living away from home is a big step. Whether your child will be studying at our Canterbury or Medway campus, there are some great options for accommodation so you can rest easy.

University accommodation

This is the most popular choice for new undergraduate students. It offers a ready-made and purpose-built setup, packaging everything your child will need to live comfortably and conveniently away from home. Don’t forget, we guarantee university accommodation to all undergraduates who accept an offer to study with us and apply for accommodation by July 31.

Whether at Canterbury or Medway, our university accommodation comes with:

  • A choice of en-suite or shared living accommodation
  • 24-hour security
  • All utility bills included
  • High-speed Wi-Fi
  • Free personal contents insurance.

All of our accommodation is self-catered so there is an expectation that students will keep their spaces, both personal and communal, clean and tidy. It’s convenient, though, with our main accommodation options located within easy walking distance from teaching or library facilities.

We highly recommend that you visit our accommodation section to find out about all of the options available to you and your child, or scroll to the bottom of this page for all of the most important links!

Applying and costs

All of our accommodation is allocated on a first come, first served basis, so if there is a particular location that your child is interested in, we recommend applying early. The process of applying is very straightforward and all details can be found on our application page.

Depending on where your child lives, university accommodation costs from £118 per week. We recommend you look at our Canterbury accommodation page, or Medway accommodation page, to find out the latest prices. There is an initial instalment to pay when applying, but this is set out on the application page linked at the bottom of this page

Good to know: There is now an expectation that parents will contribute towards the cost of living at university, and this includes paying for accommodation. It is worth bearing this in mind when weighing up your options.

Private accommodation

Whilst almost all new undergraduate students who live away from home will take university accommodation, your child does have the option of renting privately. If this is something your child wishes to pursue, we recommend that you read our dedicated page as this contains important links and information that you should consider.

Visiting your child at university

We know that many parents want to visit their child after they start university and whilst both Canterbury and Medway are perfect locations for a day trip, they both have enough to see and do to make a longer stay a possibility!

We’ve got guides to what you can expect when visiting either Canterbury or Medway on our website, but if you fancy a short break, we recommend that you try the following one-stop shops for accommodation, guides and things to do:

Of course, once your child has been at university for a little while, you can bet that they’ll know all the best places to eat, drink and visit!

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