Town and Gown


The City of Kent and Kent State aim to assure meaningful relationships co-exist through a shared purpose to build a thriving collective community for our students, faculty, staff and City residents.

Our Town-and-Gown Partnership area works to ensure that Kent State continues building these strong connections and partnerships with the city of Kent and in Portage County. Explore all Kent has to offer in the Destination Kent Visitor Guide; a digital guide featuring our beloved restaurants, shops, points of interest, events/festivals, and more!

Fall semester begins Thu, August 25, 2022
Parent & Family Appreciation Week Mon-Sat, September 12 – 17, 2022
Homecoming Downtown Rally Fri, September 30, 2022
Homecoming Week Mon-Sat, Sept 26 – October 1, 2022
Bowman Breakfast (Annual Town & Gown Event) Tue, October 11, 2022
Fall break Thu-Sun, October 13-16, 2022

Kent Skates opens*

Sat, November 19, 2022
Fall classes end Sun, December 11, 2022
Fall commencement Fri-Sat, December 15-16, 2022

* We are currently seeking interested parties to help sponsor this community asset; please contact to learn more about opportunities and ways to get involved.

  • Explore Kent

    Explore Kent

    More than 251,000 Kent State alumni can’t be wrong. Even Goldilocks would have chosen Kent State University. It’s not too big, not too small. It’s just right.

  • Kent Skates

    Kent Skates

    Kent Skates is an outdoor ice skating rink in downtown Kent that is free and open to the public. It will be open Nov. 19, 2022 through Feb. 26, 2023. Skate rental is also free.

  • Downtown Dining Dollars

    Downtown Dining Dollars

    Downtown Dining Dollars are automatically loaded onto your Flashcard with the purchase of a Flash 200 Block Meal Plan. These funds can be used at participating restaurants around the city of Kent that are listed below.

City of Kent
Access the City of Kent website for the latest information.

Kent City Council
Learn more about the City Council in the City of Kent.

Kent Area Chamber of Commerce
Support local businesses in the City of Kent by shopping, eating and drinking locally.

International Town and Gown Association
Read more about the International Town and Gown Association.

City of Kent Health Department
Access the City of Kent Health Department website for the latest information on COVID-19

Community Contacts
Locate emergency and non-emergency contacts in the City of Kent and Kent State community.

Kent Safer Businesses
View the updated list of Kent SAFER businesses who have taken the pledge.

COVID-19 Testing
All members of the Kent State community are encouraged to get tested often for the COVID-19 virus. There are currently four main ways for members of the Kent State community to get a COVID-19 test.