Monthly Archives: September 2017

Campus shuttle- larger shuttle

We are pleased to announce that the 29 seater shuttle will be replaced by a 49 seater shuttle for the following times for this term.

  • Medway to Canterbury 07.45
  • Canterbury to Medway 09.00
  • Medway to Canterbury 10.00
  • Canterbury to Medway 11.00

The booking system has been updated to reflect the additional seats available.

Book a seat

We will review the additional seats on the service at the end of term.


Using the Bus around Medway – things to do!

Places to shop

Here are some great places you could spend that student loan or just spend a chilled day looking round the shops.


To start with, your Student Saver bus pass can take you around Chatham, so you can easily get to:

Dockside Outlet Centre

which has some interesting has some to mill around, the Cadbury’s outlet shop is an absolute must for chocolate lovers out there! It also has some pretty decent shops for your University needs such as Denby if you are still in need for cutlery, plates and other kitchen/dining essentials and the Range for any stationary needs.

The Pentagon shopping centre

in Chatham too if you haven’t been yet has some of your classic high street stores such as Boots, Foot Locker, JD Sports and more.

Or further afield…

Our academic discounted bus passes aren’t just for use in only Chatham, they’re valid for our whole south east region so we’ve taken the liberty to find some great places around Kent you can get to with your pass to do a bit of shopping:


has most shops you could really want, with Topshop/Topman, River Island, Footasylum, Fred Perry, H&M, JD Sports, Missguided, New Look, The North Face and loads more!

Simply get on the Arriva Sapphire 700 bus which features eco-leather seats, USB charging points and free wi-fi!

Hempstead Valley

has some pretty cool stores such as JD, select and New Look as well as places to eat like Friendly Phil’s Diner, Nando’s and Subway. The 132 bus will take you there.

Fremlin Walk

in Maidstone is home to all your high street essentially such as Topshop/Topman, H&M, Office, New Look/New Look Men and River Island to name but a few. You could also grab a few bits in Maidstone’s shopping centre The Mall, too! Hop on the Arriva Sapphire 101 bus for Maidstone.

Nights out

Whether you’re into casual drinks or clubbing into the early hours there’s no need to fret as Arriva have you covered. Our specially discounted bus pass for the academic year not only takes you from your accommodation into University but is also valid throughout our whole South East region too. We’ve done our research (thank us later!) and found the best routes for you to enjoy the nightlife that Kent has to offer you.


boasts a cracking weekend nightlife, with clubs such as:

There are also great pubs and bars if you don’t fancy the club.

The last bus home from Maidstone back to Chatham is at 23:10 on a Friday and 00:10 on Saturday night. Anyone looking to stay out all night the first bus back on a Saturday morning is as 06:46 from Maidstone East Train station, with Source bar open until 5am.


has some cool clubs too, such as:


What’s more, Rochester has a selection of clubs like:

The last bus back to Chatham from Rochester is 23:13 from Star Hill.

Great places to eat

You’ll never be spoilt for choice for food!


Take the Arriva Sapphire 700 bus to Bluewater where there are some really great places you can go to eat and if you have an NUS card there are these exclusive discounts you can get, though we recommend verifying this discount with the restaurant before ordering!

Ed's Easy Diner Pizza Hut Ask Italian  Zizzi Pizza Express Giraffe World Kitchen

Frankie & BEnny's Bella Italia Nando's Friendly Phil's Diner

Hempstead Valley also has plenty of coffee shops too!


Jump on the Arriva Sapphire 101 – Chatham to Maidstone bus to Maidstone and discover great places to grab a bite to eat with some places such as:

Pizza Hut Chopstix Noodle Bar Nando's Wagamama Bill's Cafe Rouge


The bus will take you into Gillingham where there are some cool places to grab some food with pals such as

Harvester Chimachanga Frankie & Benny's Chiquito

Tunbridge Wells

Tunbridge Wells has a wealth of restuarants to try, including Wagamama. Catch the 7 – Maidstone to Tunbridge Wells bus.



Hop on the 155 – Chatham to Aylesford bus where you’ll find Nando’s amongst other independent restaurants.

Using the Bus around Canterbury – things to do!

The University of Kent unirider is valid on all Stagecoach buses in Kent and East Sussex, not just the bus you need to get to Uni. That means you can use it for days out too. Whether you fancy a bit of shopping, a day at the coast or a bit of local history – if there’s a Stagecoach bus there then you can use your unirider!

Here’s just a few ideas of some journeys you could make with your unirider…

  • Heading to Dreamland amusement park or Westwood Cross for a bit of retail therapy? Route 8 buses run between Canterbury to Margate throughout the day. The buses have free WIFI and USB charging points too!
  • For a day at the beach why not try the Triangle! Triangle buses run from Canterbury to Whitstable or Herne Bay. Triangle buses towards Herne Bay stop right outside Wildwood Animal Park too! Triangle buses also have free WIFI and USB charging points.
  • If it’s history you’re after take a visit to the famous Dover Castle on a route 15 bus – relive the courtly days of King Henry II, and venture deep underground in the Secret Wartime Tunnels. Jump off at Pencester Road and walk up the hill or catch a route 80/81 bus to take you up there.
  • Travel in style on a Stagecoach Gold route 16 bus to Folkestone. Visit Folkestone’s Harbour Arm, the food, drink and entertainment destination for the town. The gold buses have free WIFI and luxury leather seats too.

To buy or use a University of Kent unirider ticket, you’ll need a valid university student ID card. The student number on your university ID card must match the student number on your ticket. You are required to present your student ID card to the driver each time you use your unirider.

Stagecoach UniRider Discounted Ticket for Students – buy before 2nd October!

The majority of bus services in and around Canterbury are operated by Stagecoach Ltd bus company.

The Unirider academic year bus ticket allows students to travel all across Kent and East Sussex, day and night. The ticket costs £175 and is available to purchase now from the green Unibus parked on campus outside the Gulbenkian theatre, or online through the Stagecoach website.

Why we recommend the Unirider academic year bus ticket:

  • The highly discounted tickets saves you money
  • Explore what East Kent has to offer – historic towns, cities, the countryside and even the beach!
  • Explore the shops, visit cinemas, theatres, restaurants as well as nightlife in various towns and cities
  • We have a good regular bus service to and from our campus, especially between Canterbury and Whitstable
  • No need to find change, just use your bus ticket to get home after a night out in Canterbury on the Unibus 24 hour service

Make sure you purchase from the bus or online before the 2 October to get the discounted price. After 2 October the price increases to £250.

Visit for more information.


Transport Team

01227 82 3609    @unikent_travel

Security and Transport Centre, University of Kent, Park Wood Road, Canterbury, CT2 7NN

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Arriva discounted bus tickets

We work with Arriva bus company to provide highly discounted bus tickets for students and staff.

The annual student and staff tickets allow travel on any Arriva bus all over Medway, Kent and East Sussex. The student annual ticket is £140 which works out as only 39p per day!

You can purchase the tickets online using the promotional code found on our website or from the Arriva bus on campus today (20 September 2017) outside the Student Hub.

Pick up timetables, ask any questions and purchase your ticket from the Arriva bus on campus next to the fresher’s fair.

See Arriva buses for more information.

Cycle hire on campus

Canterbury students can hire a recycled bike on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 20 September, 9.00-15.00 (Cycle Hub by the Pavilion)
  • Sunday 24 September, 11.00-15.00 (outside the Gulbenkian)
  • Wednesday 27 September, 9.00-15.00 (Cycle Hub by the Pavilion)
  • Wednesday 4 October, 9.00-15.00 (Cycle Hub by the Pavilion)

Hire a bike for £30/ term, which includes a good quality bike lock, lights and a bell.

You will need to pay a deposit of £50, £75 or £100 depending on the bike you choose.

Medway students can hire a bike from Liberty Quays accommodation.

For more information visit

We’ve moved- Security and Transport Centre

We would like to remind any returning students and staff that the Transport Team relocated to the new Security and Transport Centre (map) with Campus Security in May 2017. The building is an extension of the current Campus Security building, located near to Santander on central campus.

The new building delivers an improved working environment for the teams and includes a reception area that has been specifically designed to improve customer experience. The new location also provides us with the space to expand of our team so we can process enquiries more efficiently.

The opening times for the Security and Transport Centre are as follows:

  • Transport Team: Monday- Friday 8.30- 17.00
  • Campus Security: always open

For all travel enquiries please come to the Security and Transport Centre.

Campus Shuttle booking now open

The Campus Shuttle booking system is now open. Book a seat online at .

The Campus Shuttle is a free coach service between Canterbury and Medway campuses, exclusively available to University of Kent students and staff.

The shuttle will start running from Saturday 16 September.

Booking guarantees you a seat on the service. If you do not book, you can still travel with your Kent One or Kent Union card if seats are available.

More information can be found at