The University of Kent (originally titled "University of Kent at Canterbury") was granted its Royal Charter in 1965 and the first students arrived in the October of that year. The main campus covers 300 acres and is in an elevated position just over two miles from Canterbury's city centre. It has approximately 7,500 undergraduates. A second campus has recently been established at Medway.
The university's on-campus residential facilities are of modern design, and are divided into four "colleges", named after famous thinkers: Keynes, Rutherford, Eliot and Darwin. However the University cannot be considered collegiate in any true sense.
The university's first chancellor was Jo Grimond, after whom the Grimond Lecture Theatre was named. Another important building on the campus is the Gulbenkian Theatre, named in honour of the Gulbenkian Foundation which helped fund its construction.