University of Kent

Purpose Built Spaces

The University of Kent is ideal for large business conferences, providing an extensive choice of small meeting rooms and large conference spaces, including exclusive use complexes, with plenty of on site accommodation and amenities which makes for comfortable and stress-free experience for your delegates. The large campus sits in a woodland setting on the outskirts of the historic city of Canterbury and is easily accessible by two train stations. 

Event Spaces

  • Darwin Conference Suite Toggle accordion content

    Darwin Conference Suite, situated in Darwin College is the year round conference venue that is a flexible space for a maximum of 600 people. It can be used as one large room or divided, with soundproofed walls into 3 smaller rooms. Darwin Conference Suite has its own reception, cloakroom, dance floor and bar all perfect for dinner and dance events.

    Key Amenities:

    • Foyer
    • Natural light
    • Disabled access
    • Reception area
    • Car parking close by in Park Wood (spaces are limited)
    • Accommodation close by
    • Restaurant for cash sales 2 minutes away

    Overall Capacity:           

    Whole Conference Suite

    Cabaret (dining) with no dance floor: 210        

    Cabaret (dining) with dance floor: 150        

    Theatre with large 8mx6m stage: 250        

    Theatre with no stage: 270        

    Classroom: 120        

    Standing: 600   

    Per suite

    Theatre per suite: 90 

    Boardroom per suite: 42

    Availability:

    Available during January -December, excluding Easter and Bank Holidays

  • Grimond Meeting Room Toggle accordion content

    Grimond proves to be a popular location for large conferences and events due to the variety of meeting rooms available. Grimond meetings and conferences venue is located centrally on campus and has a range of meeting rooms, from 3 large theatres and 8 breakout rooms.

    Key Features:

    • Foyer
    • Natural light
    • Disabled access
    • Stand alone building
    • Car parking close by in Park Wood (spaces are limited)
    • Registration area
    • Split level
    • Central on campus

    Capacity:

    Dining in foyer for Buffet lunch, refreshments and drinks receptions: 200

    Theatre : 98-215

    Classroom: 20-23

    Availability: 

    Available during spring and summer university vacation

  • The Sibson Building Toggle accordion content

    The Sibson building is the newest conference facility, located centrally on campus and boasting three large lecture theatres, 6 meeting rooms and a large ground floor foyer with access to an outdoor patio area.

    Key Features:

    • Foyer
    • Natural light
    • Disabled access
    • Stand alone building
    • Car parking close by in Park Wood (spaces are limited)
    • Registration area
    • Split level
    • Central on campus

    Capacity:

     (Lower Foyer) Buffet lunch and refreshments: 200

    Theatre: 120 or 180 or 300

    Classroom: 23-47

    Availability:

    Available during spring and summer university vacation

  • Sports Halls Toggle accordion content

    The three sports halls are ideal for large scale events. The adaptability of the sports halls mean a variety of events can be held there, from sports events such as boxing or karate, to banquet dinners, to large exhibitions.

    Key Features:

    • Foyer
    • Natural light
    • Disabled access
    • Stand alone building
    • Car parking close by in Park Wood (spaces are limited)
    • Registration area
    • Central on campus
    • Special flooring
    • 3 phase power

    Capacity:

    Dining:900

    Theatre: 1200

    Cabaret: 650

    Classroom: 800

    Availability:

    During spring and summer university vacation

  • Colyer Fergusson Music Building Toggle accordion content

    The Colyer Fergusson Music Building is a unique and charming venue for musical performances or academic conferences. The building consists of one large hall, meeting rooms and a foyer area. Adjacent to the Gulbenkian Theatre and Cinema, with a large foyer are which makes a great location for registration desks and for delegates to mingle with lunch.

    Two first floor rooms holding 25 people are ideal for small breakout sessions from the main event in the hall.

    Key Features:

    • Day Delegate Rate available
    • Car parking close by in Park Wood (spaces are limited)
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Accommodation 5 minutes walk away
    • Short taxi or bus ride from the City Centre
    • Foyer
    • Disabled Access
    • Registration Area
    • Central on campus

    Capacity:

    Dining: refreshments and buffet available in foyer

    Theatre: 400

    Classroom: 20-25

    Availability:

    Available during spring and summer university vacations

  • The Gulbenkian Theatre Toggle accordion content

    The Gulbenkian is a modern building in the centre of the University campus, comprising of a theatre and large café area. The theatre is a great modern event space for people looking to hold musical, theatrical or academic events.

    Key Features:

    • Foyer
    • Natural light
    • Disabled access
    • Stand alone building
    • Car parking close by in Park Wood (spaces are limited)
    • Registration area
    • Split level
    • Central on campus

    Capacity:

    Dining: 200

    Theatre: 300-340

    Classroom: 20-25

    Availability:

    Available spring and summer university vacation

  • Keynes College Toggle accordion content

    Keynes College has a range of meeting rooms, from 5 large lecture theatres and 20 breakout rooms. Alongside the meeting space is a large foyer area and an adjoining foyer area- brilliant for drinks receptions and exhibitions. It is located centrally on campus, with plenty of nearby parking or alternatively it is close to the University’s main bus stop. 

    Key Features:

    • Foyer
    • Natural light
    • Disabled access
    • Stand alone building
    • Car parking close by in Park Wood (spaces are limited)
    • Registration area
    • Split level
    • Central on campus

    Capacity:

    Theatre: 60-330

    Classroom: 16-50

    Dining

    Buffet lunch with refreshments: 220

    Dolche Vita on-site Restaurant: Cafeteria Style Lunch/Dinner or Banquet Dinners: 150

    Availability:

    Available during spring and summer university vacation

    Accommodation:

    Keynes College is perfect for residential conferences, with 600 bedrooms in newly built accommodation blocks next to the Conference Rooms, all en-suites and a variety of singles and doubles.

  • Rutherford College Toggle accordion content

    Rutherford College has lecture theatres, breakout rooms, its own dining room and accommodation – all in the same building. This makes it the perfect location for residential conferences.

    Key Features:

    • Foyer
    • Natural light
    • Disabled access
    • Car parking close by in Park Wood (spaces are limited)
    • Accommodation in same building

    Capacity:

    Dining: 300

    Theatre: 40-250

    Square Cabaret: 50

    Classroom: 15-100

    Availability:

    Available during spring and summer university vacation

    Accommodation:

    In Rutherford College, 150 single standard bedrooms are available, all of which are located in corridors of up to 7 bedrooms sharing a bathroom and compact kitchen unit. Some of the rooms have the best views over the University grounds down to the Cathedral. Parking is also located next to the College.

  • Outdoor Space Toggle accordion content

    With 300 acres of beautiful parkland campus, the University of Kent has enough space to hold any outdoor event, from big Top Tents to Large BBQ events. 

    Key Features:

    • Fantastic location in 300 acres of parkland
    • Multiple outdoor sites
    • Dedicated Events coordinator
    • On-site accommodation
    • Mobile catering team
    • Varied cuisine 
    • Free parking nearby 

    Capacity: 

    Capacity: 50-1500, event dependent 

    Availability:

    Available during spring and summer university vacation

  • Accommodation Toggle accordion content

    University of Kent’s Canterbury Campus has 5,400 bedrooms, making it an ideal location for residential conferences, ranging from single-double bedrooms and en-suite or shared bathroom options.

    Bedroom facilities:

    • Single / Double en-suite
    • Single with shared facilities
    • Tea and coffee
    • Complimentary toiletries
    • Full housekeeping services by BICSc trained staff
    • TV in double bedrooms
    • 24 hr Wi-Fi and wired connection
    • Free parking (permit is required and spaces are limited)

    Availability:

    Spring: Saturday 4th April to Friday 1st of May (Keynes College / Becket Court single en-suite)
    Summer: Saturday 13th June to Friday 18th September (Campus wide)

Canterbury 

Known as the Jewel in Kent’s Crown, the University of Kent is a campus university situated right next to the historic city of Canterbury. Canterbury is a vibrant city, buzzing with independent restaurants and cafes, art and theatre, and of course, museums and tours exploring the city's long and rich history. At the heart of the walled city is the iconic Canterbury Cathedral, parts of which date back to the 11th century. 

Hotels in Canterbury guarantee a great night's rest, including the fabulous Abode, the superbly-sited Cathedral Lodge, the boutique Falstaff Hotel and the Holiday Inn Express.

Find out more about Canterbury and the surrounding area

Getting to the University of Kent

A campus university right next to Canterbury city centre, the University of Kent can be accessed best by train, coming into either Canterbury West or Canterbury East, followed by a very short taxi ride to get to your destination 

Drive time from Gatwick Airport: 1 hr 11mins

Address

Giles Ln
Canterbury
CT2 7NZ