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A snapshot of... Kent

  • February 08, 2021

Kent is located in the South East of England and it is a county that will provide you with a beautiful countryside, fantastic coastlines as well as quick trips to London and France.

The county is full of history as it is home to plenty of castles and Cathedral’s but it is also full of busy towns and cities.

The NHS in Kent

Due to the fact Kent is such a large county, it is made up of a variety of NHS Trusts, of which four are Acute:

1) East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

2) Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

3) Medway NHS Foundation Trust

4) Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

What should I expect, moving to Kent?

Kent has been dubbed with being the “Garden of England” as around a third of the county forms part of two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty: The North Downs and The Weals.

Whether you decide to live in historic Canterbury or the Modern Town Maidstone, you are never far from the glorious English countryside that will offer you an array of country pubs and castles.

Cost of Living in Kent


One-bedroom apartment in the City Centre


One-bedroom apartment Outside of the Centre


Three-bedroom apartment in the City Centre


Three-bedroom apartment Outside of the Centre



1L of Petrol


One-way public transport ticket


Monthly public transport ticket


Taxi trip, 5 miles



Basic dinner out for two in a neighbourhood pub


Two tickets to the cinema


Two tickets to the theatre




One month of gym membership


Getting to other cities from Kent via Train

London Victoria – 1 hour 2 minutes

Birmingham - 3 hours 3 minutes

Manchester – 3 hours 35 minutes

Bristol – 3 hours 36 minutes

Cardiff – 3 hours 40 minutes

Leeds – 3 hours 49 minutes

Edinburgh – 6 hours 12 minutes

Education in Kent

The county has some of the best schools in the UK, from Walthamstow School in Sevenoaks and Tonbridge School in Tonbridge.

An alternative to private schools, there are a number of high-performing Grammar schools, which include Invicta Grammar School and Dartford Grammar School.

Kent is also known for being home to the University of Kent, a semi-collegiate public research university with exceptional campuses across the UK and centres in two of the most exciting and historic cities in Europe.

Top things to do in Kent

  • Visit Dover Castle, the most iconic of all English fortresses and the White Cliffs of Dover, famous for its composition of chalk with streaks of black flint. This area of the coastline is a Special Area of Conservation.
  • The Big Cat Sanctuary, Wildlife Heritage Foundation. You can visit the big Cats, feed them or even act as a keeper or ranger for the day.
  • Bluewater Shopping Centre, the fifth-largest shopping centre in the UK (after Westfield London, MetroCentre, Trafford Centre and Westfield Stratford City). There are 330 stores, including 40 cafes and restaurants and a 17-screen cinema.

Relocation to Kent

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