What to do before you arrive

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Below are some things you need to do to make sure your arrival and registration goes smoothly. Make sure you check out the Getting Started website as this has loads of useful information.

Not applied for accommodation yet? Deadline is 31 July!

Apply online as soon as possible. If you need to make a change to your accommodation choices, you can do this up to the 31 July deadline. Contact the Accommodation Team if you have any questions about your accommodation application.

Get your documents organised

You’ll need to bring some photographic ID to complete registration:

  • UK students: Passport
  • EU students (excluding the UK): Passport or EU identity card
  • Non-EU students: Passport and visa.

We won’t be able to register you if you can’t provide the required identification. You won’t be issued your student ID card or classed as a student until this is complete so make sure you have all the right documents!

Canterbury students: Print off your unloading permit

This enables you to park for approximately 20 minutes within the unloading area nearest to your accommodation. After you’ve finished unloading, you’ll need to move your car. Full details are provided in your accommodation online induction. See Arrivals (Canterbury) for more details.

Medway students: Book your arrival slot

There is limited parking at Liberty Quays. If you’re coming by car, please contact Liberty Quays ahead of your arrival on +44 (0) 1634 853285 to book a 15-minute unloading slot. See Arrivals (Medway) for more details.

Check your vaccinations

Make sure you have your Meningitis ACWY vaccine before coming to university as there are risks for meningitis and septicaemia. Check with your doctor that your measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccinations are up to date. See NHS vaccinations. It’s important that all your vaccinations are up to date to ensure you’re healthy and safe throughout the year.

Join the official Facebook page for new students

This is the perfect opportunity to meet people before you arrive! Bonding before you meet will ease off the nerves, and it’s also a chance to find out about your neighbours and who’s on your course! Putting names to faces when you meet them in person is always exciting. The Facebook page is also useful for events that take place throughout the year, so you’re always in the loop.

Feeling a bit nervous?

It’s completely normal to feel nervous and everyone will be having similar thoughts to you. If you feel like you may need a bit more support, we have a buddy system in place which pairs you up with a current student who can be on hand to help with the transition to uni life. What’s great about Kent is that everyone is super lovely and ready to help at all times.