Accommodation & Canterbury life


As a first-year medical student, you will be able to choose to live on the University of Kent’s campus or at Canterbury Christ Church’s University accommodation, close to campus.

Both universities offer a wide range of high-quality accommodation options to suit all budgets including en-suite bedrooms and specially adapted rooms, in modern well-furnished, self-catering flats, close to campuses, amenities and facilities. All utility bills, high speed Wi-Fi and contents insurance are included in the rent, and 24-hour security service and on-site laundry facilities are available.

To guarantee accommodation in your first year, applications for accommodation must be received by 31 July 2020, but late applications will be considered depending on availability. Offers of accommodation are sent, once all course conditions have been met and unconditional places have been confirmed. Full details of the application, allocation and contracting process can be found below.

From your second year you choose from a wide range of private sector houses and flats, including purpose-built student accommodation, in Canterbury and the local area. Accommodation while students are on placements is also available.


Students of the Kent and Medway Medical School will have access to facilities and support from both the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University. Both campuses offer a variety of facilities, including libraries, cafes, shops and fully-equipped gyms.

Students will also be able to access support from both Universities as well as the opportunity to join a huge range of societies at either Student Union. 

We encourage our students to walk or use the local bus service and we are in the process of negotiating a discounted bus pass for KMMS students.

Student Union

The Venue University of Kent

As a student of both universities, you are also a member of both Christ Church Students’ Union and Kent Union, with all of the benefits and choice that brings. 

Both students’ unions work together to ensure you’re supported, you have opportunities to develop your skills and have fun, and have an outstanding student experience during your time with KMMS.

As a joint student you are represented by both students’ unions, and can participate in the democracy and campaigns of both students’ unions.  This includes voting and standing in elections for full-time and part-time officers.  You will not be able to hold an officer post simultaneously in both unions.

Kent Union and Christ Church Students’ Union also work together to ensure your academic interests are prioritised via the Course Representative system, where you can feedback about your academic experiences and help shape your education.

Kent Union and Christ Church Students’ Union work together with the universities to ensure your time at university is safe, happy, and healthy.  We support a student overnight listening service, Nightline, a housing accreditation scheme, Home Stamp, and a Zero Tolerance scheme for safe socialising in Canterbury.

Both students’ unions facilitate student-led sports clubs covering over 40 sports, many competing in British Universities and Colleges Sport leagues. The highlight of the year is the annual Varsity series between Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent.

Both students’ unions support a range of academic and general interest societies where you can further an existing passion or find a new one.  If you can’t find what you're looking for, then you can set up your own society.


Canterbury life

Both university campuses are located in the cosmopolitan, historic and bustling city of Canterbury, a great student city with much to explore and enjoy.

The University of Kent is set in acres of parkland, on a hill overlooking the city and Canterbury Christ Church’s campus is in the heart of the city centre. London is only an hour away by high-speed train, Europe is within easy reach by boat or train, and the beautiful Kent coast is only a short journey away.

The University of Kent’s Canterbury campus is set in acres of parkland overlooking the city. The campus is self-contained, offering everything from restaurants, a modern library and even its very own nightclub. The campus offers a very cosmopolitan feel, with students from 158 different nationalities studying there.

Canterbury Christ Church University is situated right in the heart of the city. The campus itself offers a vibrant city feel, but is also home to lots of quiet green spaces in which to study, socialise and relax. The state-of-the-art Augustine House library is just a short walk away from the main campus, and offers a range of learning spaces.

History and heritage

History and heritage

The city’s medieval history is easy to see in its streets and buildings, along the River Stour and in the world-famous Canterbury Cathedral. This is also the venue for our degree ceremonies and the perfect backdrop for your graduation photograph.

The Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church, the oldest church in the country, make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Religion and education have been at the heart of the city since St Augustine arrived in 598AD to evangelise England. With a population of almost 40,000 students, the city remains a centre of history, culture and learning.

Arts and culture

There are a number of galleries in Canterbury and the annual Canterbury Festival attracts thousands of visitors from across Europe. The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge is an art gallery, museum,libraryand café right on the High Street.

The city is also home to the 1,200-seat Marlowe Theatre. Redeveloped in 2011, it hosts touring productions of West End musicals as well as plays, ballet, contemporary dance, opera and live bands. The main theatre welcomes some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy, while the Marlowe Studio is the place to see up-and-coming talents from across the country.

To catch the latest film releases in 2D or 3D, the ODEON Canterbury offers student deals on tickets, food, drink and more. Alternatively, Curzon Canterbury shows everything from Hollywood blockbusters to independent films, and it has a café and licensed bar. The University of Kent is also home to the Gulbenkian Theatre and cinema, offering engaging and high quality arts activities for the public, staff and students.

Arts and culture
Shops and restaurants

Shops and restaurants

Canterbury’s Whitefriars shopping centre brings you the best in fashion, beauty and lifestyle from some of the biggest names in retail. Just a short walk away, the independent shops and boutiques in the King’s Mile, Westgate and St Dunstan’s sell fine art, jewellery, clothing, crafts, antiques and more.

Take a stroll through the city streets and you will come across almost every type of food. Grab a pizza, burger or fajitas in the high street or sample sushi, meze or fresh seafood in a local restaurant. Fancy something different? The annual Canterbury Food & Drink Festival showcases some of the very best food and drink our county has to offer.


The city has plenty to offer those looking for a good night out. Clubs include Tokyo Tea Rooms, a unique venue blending a bar and nightclub experience, and Club Chemistry, the city’s biggest nightclub playing old-school classics, hip-hop and dance music. There is also the student-run Venue nightclub on the University of Kent’s campus. For something more traditional, there are numerous, restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars both on the high street and hidden in the historic alleys and back streets.

Sports and leisure

Sports and leisure

The county of Kent is home to a number of professional sports teams and, if you want to get involved, there are first-class facilities for all levels and abilities to use on the university campuses and in the local area.

Both universities have sport facilities open to students, staff and family members available on or near each campus. With a wide variety of fitness and dance classes, facilities and venues available for hire, there's something for everyone, as well as competitive rates.

Cricket is a hugely popular sport in Kent and teams have been representing the county for 300 years. Watch 1st Division Kent County Cricket Club in action at the St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury. The ground also hosts the oldest cricket festival week in England, Canterbury Cricket Week.

Beyond Canterbury

The county of Kent is known as ‘The Garden of England’. It is one of the most picturesque areas in the country and despite its proximity to London, actually feel world's away.

Kent has some of the best countryside and woodland to explore. From Canterbury you can walk or cycle along the Crab and Winkle Way – a six-mile disused railway path – to the seaside town of Whitstable. Here you can enjoy oysters, paddleboarding, kayaking, kitesurfing, boat trips and more.

Kent's 350-mile coastline is one of the longest and most diverse of the English country in the country and there is easy access, either to live or for leisure, to the seaside towns including Whitstable, Herne Bay, Margate, Ramsgate and Deal, or the market towns of Sandwich and Faversham.   These are all on local bus routes to Canterbury and have direct rail links to London.

Beyond Canterbury