Accommodation for University of Kent residents

Chaucer College, on the campus of the University of Kent, offers a limited amount of single-sex, self-catering accommodation to UoK students on their beautiful and tranquil Japanese-inspired campus.

The accommodation is available for the whole of the academic year and residents may remain in their accommodation throughout the Christmas and Easter vacations.

Below you can find answers to some frequently asked questions about the accommodation at Chaucer College and information regarding how to apply for the 2014-2015 academic year. If you have any queries relating to the rooms or facilities provided please contact us at


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Where and what is Chaucer College?

Chaucer College was founded in 1992 by Mr Hiroshi Kawashima. It is an independent College of Higher Education for Japanese students from Shumei University, close to the beautiful and historic city of Canterbury. Close to all University of Kent amenities, lecture halls and seminar rooms, Chaucer College is ideally located for all students but particularly those who desire a quiet and safe place to study and relax.

Academic year 2013 - 2014

We currently have 1 balcony room available in our all-female accommodation for the current academic year. Apply Here.

Academic year 2014 - 2015

We will be offering accommodation for the academic year 2014-2015 on a fixed-term licence agreement for the period:
Sunday 21st September 2014 to Saturday 20th June 2015.

What types of room are available and how much do they cost?

We have two types of room:

  • Standard Rooms - £105.14 per week (£4,085.44 total)
  • Balcony Rooms - £115.36 per week (£4,482.56 total)

Please indicate your preference when applying.

How do I pay for my room?

Payment for your accommodation is due at the start of each of the three academic terms. Payment dates and amounts are as follows:

Standard Rooms:

  • Period 1 (due by 10/10/14) - £1,532.04
  • Period 2 (due by 31/01/15) - £1,351.80
  • Period 3 (due by 15/05/15) - £1,201.60

Superior Rooms (Balcony/Large):

  • Period 1 (due by 10/10/14) - £1,680.96
  • Period 2 (due by 31/01/15) - £1,483.20
  • Period 3 (due by 15/05/15) - £1,318.40

A booking deposit of £100 is payable upon signing of the accommodation licence agreement. The booking deposit is non-refundable should you cancel your reservation after signing the licence agreement.

A further £400 damage deposit is payable on or before arrival at Chaucer College. Please note that you will not be permitted access to the accommodation unless the damage deposit has been paid. The full £500 will be refunded at the end of the academic year, once you have vacated the property, your room has been checked and we are happy everything is in order.

Payments may be made by credit or debit card, cash, cheque or BACS transfer. Full details will be provided with an offer of accommodation.

What are the rules and regulations for University of Kent students at Chaucer College?

The rules and regulations for University of Kent (UoK) students resident at Chaucer College are based upon the UoK rules for on-campus college accommodation with some amendments owing to the need to conform to Japanese, rather than Western, norms. You will be sent a copy of the Chaucer College Accommodation Handbook and the Terms & Conditions with the licence agreement. Please take time to review the rules and regulations before accepting accommodation at Chaucer College.

As the accommodation offered is strictly single-sex, one 'golden rule' is that under NO circumstances should a male resident or male visitor enter a female student’s dormitory, or vice versa. Failure to observe this regulation will result in the cancellation of your accommodation agreement and you will be required to leave the College.

Is it possible to view the College?

Viewing days will be held on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th January 2014 from 10am to 4pm when you can make an appointment to see the College and view the accommodation. To make an appointment please e-mail with the time that is most convenient for you to come. We will then confirm the appointment with you. Please note that you will not be able to access the College without an appointment.

How do I apply?

Please click here and complete the enquiry form to apply for accommodation. We will contact you by e-mail to follow up your enquiry.

How many rooms are available?

There are 66 bedrooms available of which 18 are balcony rooms and 1 is a large room.

Are any of the rooms en-suite?

Unfortunately not but there is one shower room, one bathroom and two toilets on each floor, shared between the residents on that floor. In each bedroom you have your own washstand, washbasin and mirror.

Who will I be sharing the communal facilities with?

The accommodation offered to UoK students is separate from the accommodation allocated to Japanese students from Chaucer College. You will be sharing with other UoK students of the same sex. There are 9 rooms on each floor with the exception of the top floors which only have 7.

Are utility bills and Internet included?

Yes. All utility bills and Internet are included in the price of the room.

I heard that you have a library. What facilities are available to University of Kent students?

As Chaucer College is independent of the University of Kent the majority of the facilities available to University of Kent residents are those located in the accommodation blocks. The library at Chaucer College is only available to students of Chaucer College but the University of Kent library is just 10 minutes' walk away in the centre of campus.

I notice that the pictures of rooms show bedding. What is provided in the rooms?

Pillows and a mattress protector are provided. Other bed linen can be hired for the duration of your stay for a total of £30 per academic year. An optional bed linen laundry service is also available. Please contact us for prices. All rooms include their own washbasin, single bed, wardrobe, desk and chair.

Are laundry facilities available in the accommodation?

In each block there is a washing machine and dryer in the ground floor laundry room. The washing machines cost £3 per wash but the dryers are free. In addition an iron and ironing board are provided on each floor of every block.

What cooking facilities are available?

On each floor of every block there is a newly refurbished kitchen for residents to use. These kitchens have a gas hob with 4 burners, a halogen hob, a double oven and grill, a combination microwave oven and grill, large shared fridge freezer, small under-counter fridge and kettle. Each resident has a separate cupboard for storing dry foods. In each resident's room there is a plate, bowl, cup, knife, fork and spoon. No other cutlery, crockery or cooking utensils are provided.

Will I have access to the Internet?

Fast wired internet access on the University of Kent Study Bedroom Network is available in every room.

Please note that University of Kent students are bound by the University's IT regulations which you can view here

How far are you from the University of Kent?

Chaucer College is on University Road and is located on the University campus. It is only 10 minutes' walk to the centre of campus. There are further directions available here.

When can I move into my room at Chaucer College?

Residents may arrive from 12 noon on Sunday 21st September 2014. We will be on hand to welcome you to the college and show you to your room.

Is there security protecting the Chaucer College campus?

Yes. There is 24-hour security provided by a friendly team of staff and extensive CCTV coverage to ensure your safety.

Click here to apply for accommodation for the 2014-2015 academic year or to apply for rooms available for the current academic year

We look forward to welcoming you to Chaucer College