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Welcome to Essentials, your student union shop! We stock a variety of goods that is ever changing to keep up with demand. Our Bake ‘n’ Bite operation is one of the most successful in the country, offering baked slices, gourmet sausage rolls, paninis, jacket potatoes and pasta pronto. If you aren’t looking for a warm lunch; we also offer Ginsters and Urban Eat Meal Deals as well as an extensive chilled range. Other than the expected confectionary and ambient lines we also offer an international range with items ranging from Korean Noodles to American sweets and cereals.


One of the key areas of the store is our University of Kent Merchandise; specifically our Hoody’s. With a small range in store, you can also order personalised garments in a greater range of styles from our clothing website at the following link:


As YOUR student union shop we are always looking for new and exciting products to include in our range, as well as any other feedback. Feel free to email us at and we will endeavour to respond to all requests if possible.

  • Opening Hours
  • Sunday - ThursdayOpen 24 hours
  • Friday9.00 - 3.00
  • Saturday9.00 - 3.00

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New Clothing Website
Personalised Hoodies Advert

Looking for a Hoody that you can’t find in the store? Want a Hoody personalised for your Society?

We offer T-Shirts, Polo Shirts, Jogging Bottoms and Jumpers in a variety of colours, designs and sizes. We deliver worldwide (prices may vary) and all goods should arrive within 21 days of placing your order.

Visit our new clothing website to see our full range of colours, styles and designs!

Recruitment for 2017 is Nearly Here!

Looking for a Student Staff job? Why not apply for a job in the Kent Union Retail Department where you could be part of a diverse team working across our 2 outlets, Main and Parkwood Essentials. Other than general shop floor training we also offer training on our Bake 'n' Bite operation, Storeroom and the possibility of becoming a student duty supervisor. Gain skills for your future employment and earn a little pocket money to help you whilst you study! Read on for all the dates and deadlines!