Living away from home can be tough, especially if you are studying in another country. At Kent State University, we offer many services that will make your transition easier, and will make Kent feel like a home away from home.
Where is Kent, Ohio
We are located in the heart of the Great Lakes region, which is centrally located between the large cities of Chicago, New York City and Cleveland. This means that you will be living in a safe community, while still being a few hours away from some of the largest cities in the United States.
Housing & Dining
Finding comfortable and suitable housing is a major concern for many international students. Kent State offers 25 residence halls for you to choose from, all of which are located minutes away from class.
You’ll also find 24 on-campus restaurants, dining halls and coffee carts. Just about every type of food is served somewhere on campus, including many nationality-based specialties. There are also many options for vegetarians and vegans.
Don’t worry about transportation at Kent State! The PARTA bus service is available for free to all students, even during breaks. You can use the bus system to travel around campus, to downtown Kent, and even to shopping centers and entertainment venues in neighboring communities!
If you need to travel somewhere that is not serviced by PARTA, Zipcar is a great option. For a small fee, you can rent a car located on campus for a few hours or the entire day. Just return it back to its original parking spot when you are done with your trip!
You also have the option to rent a bike for free with the Flashfleet program. Even if you walk, you’ll never be far from class, food, or entertainment, as the entire Kent campus is connected to the downtown area, and can be navigated easily on the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade.
DeWeese Health Center is an on-campus health care center. Services provided at this center include primary health care, women's health, pharmacy services and physical therapy services.
We recommend visiting the website of the health center in order to check the mandatory immunization requirements.
You will need to purchase a health insurance plan while living in the United States. Health care coverage is not included in University admissions.
Activities & Organizations
The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) is the place where you can find out about all of the great on-campus activities and student organizations at Kent State. Would you like to catch a free late night movie? Is Karaoke your thing? All of these events and more are held on a regular basis in the Kent Student Center, courtesy of CSI.
CSI is also home to over 300 student organizations that you can be a part of! From cultural groups like the Saudi Student Association and the Nepalese Student Association at Kent State University, to nursing-specific organizations like Students for Professional Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International, you’ll be able to find a group that appeals to you and helps you integrate with the Kent State community.
You’ll never need to worry about your safety at Kent State. Our award-winning campus police department is on patrol 24/7 protecting the campus community. In fact, instances of violent crime on or near the Kent campus are nearly nonexistent.
Every residence hall is patrolled by Residence Services Security Aides. These aides are in constant contact with University Police via two-way radio, and are instantly recognizable by their yellow coats and shirts. They can be called to act as an escort between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., seven days a week.
In the case of an emergency, the University releases up-to-the-minute advisory alerts to the campus community via the Kent State website, social media, email and a text messaging service called Flash Alerts. Be sure you are instantly informed about any possible advisory by signing up for the Flash Alerts system.
You will find many educational resources at the University Libraries on campus, including textbooks, articles, DVDs, archives and more.
University Libraries also provides many services, including access to dozens of research databases, as well as support for courses and one-on-one support with a librarian.
You’ll also find many study spaces in University Libraries, which can accommodate individuals and groups of all sizes.