Monthly Archives: January 2019

Canterbury January cycle hire dates

Fancy hiring a bike for the term to help you get around? We work with Chris and his team at ByCycle to provide an affordable cycle hire scheme for students.

Hire a recycled bicycle for only £40 per term (plus refundable £60 deposit). The price includes a heavy-duty lock, bell, kickstand and lights.

Cycle hire dates:

  • Monday 14 January
  • Tuesday 15 January
  • Wednesday 16 January

Find ByCycle at the Cycle Hub by the Pavilion, Park Wood, from 10.00-16.00 on the hire dates. If you wish to hire a bicycle for the term outside of the above dates, contact Dr Bike directly. For more information please see the January cycle hire leaflet or our cycle hire webpage


Changes to the Campus Shuttle

Having listened to your suggestions from the recent Campus Shuttle survey, which over 450 staff and students completed, there will be some exciting changes to the service from 14 January.

In response to your feedback:

  • passengers can now board the Campus Shuttle at Liberty Quays for travel to Pembroke campus and the Dockyard (Western Avenue)
  • to allow for passenger boarding time without losing the hourly service, the shuttle now only stops once on the Canterbury campus, at Keynes bus stop
  • the service no longer stops at Darwin bus stop
  • the on-the-hour timetable continues with some changes to peak travel times to improve reliability
  • change of route: Keynes- Liberty Quays- Dockyard (Western Avenue)- Pembroke- Dockyard (Western Avenue)- Liberty Quays- Keynes
  • a new booking system allows you to book a seat on the day
  • we are introducing two new, larger Campus Shuttle vehicles (53 and 34 seaters).

Medway student feedback was clear in wanting the new service from Liberty Quays to the Pembroke campus and the Historic Dockyard. To ensure we can keep an hourly service, the decision had to be made to remove one of the stops at Canterbury. The majority of you in the survey said you’d prefer to keep the Keynes bus stop, or had no clear preference.

Features of the new vehicles include Wi-Fi, USB charging points, more comfortable seats, a toilet and fold out tables on the larger vehicle. Both of the vehicles will be wrapped in a University of Kent design.

The shuttle will start running Monday 14 January. We aim to have the new booking system available by Monday. The booking system is currently being tested. We will tweet from @CampusShuttle when booking becomes available.


Car park and road updates

Canterbury campus

Sports Centre Blue Zone Car Park- Thursday January 10

Number of bays closed to permit holders: 13 bays

This is to assist Kent Sport host the National School Badminton Championships

Requested by: Kent Sport

Giles Lane Pink Zone car park- Thursday 10 January – Friday 11 January

Number of bays closed to permit holders: 41

This is to assist School of Engineering & Digital Arts with their EES Celebration & Assessment Day, a long running event with EDT and Kent schools which assists with student recruitment

Requested by:  School of Engineering & Digital Arts

Chipperfield Car Park Closed- Friday 11 January

Number of bays closed to permit holders: 40 bays

This is to assist with VIP parking for Kent Business Summit

Requested by: Kent Business School

Sports Centre Road Pink Zone Closed- Friday 11 January

Number of bays closed to permit holders: 65 bays

This is to assist with parking for Kent Business Summit

Requested by: Kent Business School

Sports Centre Blue Zone- Friday 11 January

Number of bays closed to permit holders: 55 bays

This is to assist with parking for Kent Business Summit

Requested by: Kent Business School

Giles Lane Pink Zone- Thursday 17 January

Number of bays closed to permit holders: approx. 30

This is to assist with the Applicant Day, as requested by Recruitment and Admissions Office

Requested by: Recruitment and Admissions Office.

Rutherford Car Park – Friday 18 January

Number of bays closed to permit holders: 35

This is to assist Tyler Hill Bridge Club event in Darwin Conference Suite

Requested by: Conference Office

Medway campus

There are no known car park disruptions to Medway campus for the next two weeks. Any disruptions that we are made aware of will be updated on the transport events calendar

New bike scheme at Medway (R&R)

We are excited to announce a new trial cycle hire scheme at Medway campus. The University of Kent are working in partnership with Rent & Ride (R&R), which is an affordable dockless bicycle hire scheme.

When is the R&R cycle hire scheme launching?

The cycle hire scheme is launching Monday 14 January.

How does it work?

Download the R&R app. When you log in, the app will show the nearest 5 bikes to your location. When you reach the bike you want to ride, unlock the bike by scanning the QR code on the lock and start your ride. When you are finished, park and lock the bike in a suitable bike parking location and tap ‘Finish trip’ on the app.

How much does it cost?

A subscription is available for University of Kent students and staff. Student subscription is only £25 per year or £10 per term. For staff, the subscription is £50 per year or £20 per term. The annual subscription allows you to use the bike for 30 minutes free every day. After the free minutes, 50p will be charged for every 30 minutes up to a maximum of £5 per 24 hour period.

Users without a subscription can pay 80p per half hour, followed by £1 for every half hour capped at £10 per 24 hour period.

How can I find out more?

R&R will be demonstrating the bicycles and the app at the Student Hub 12:00-14:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday next week (14 January onwards). They may also demonstrate the bikes at other locations on campus.

For more information visit

Arriva January- December discounted bus ticket

Missed out on the Arriva discounted bus ticket at the start of the year? You have another opportunity to purchase the discounted bus ticket which is valid until 31 December 2019.

The ticket allows travel on any Arriva bus all over Medway, Kent and East Sussex. This includes the 191 service which operates to and from Liberty Quays- Campus- Chatham- Isle of Grain, and stops on Pembroke campus and at Western Avenue and Dock Road for access to the Historic Dockyard Chatham.

The student annual ticket is £145 which works out at around 40p per day. The staff annual ticket is £300 which works out at around 82p per day. The public price for this ticket costs £990!

To get access to these huge discounts you will need to enter the relevant promotional code . Once you have entered the code, the price will drop down from £990 to £145 or £300 accordingly.

Learn more about the Arriva discounted tickets.