Investigation after student, 18, dies during freshers’ week at the University of Kent in Canterbury

PUBLISHED: 11:53 21 September 2017

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Believed the young woman had only arrived on the site 24-hours before she was found dead

An investigation has been launched after the death of a student during freshers’ week at the University of Kent.

It is believed the 18-year-old woman was spending her first night in the halls of residence at the Canterbury campus when she died.

Police say they are not treating the death as suspicious and that her family have been informed.

A coroner’s inquiry will now take place to determine the cause of her death.

Her body was discovered on Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after she arrived on campus.

The emergency services were alerted at 8.37am.

A spokesman for the university said: “We can confirm the death of a female first year student at our Canterbury campus on September 17.

“Police are not treating the death as suspicious. Next of kin have been informed and support is available for students and staff. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”

Molly Hope, culture editor of the university’s student newspaper, InQuire, was working as a welcome helper while the ambulance and police were on site at Tyler Court.

She explained: “We were moving everyone in, it was a really positive and happy experience on Saturday. We arrived Sunday morning to continue helping students moving in but there were ambulances and police cars outside of Tyler Court.

“We were informed that there had been an incident and access to the flat in question was blocked off. We were told to move aside as the ambulance crew left the premises. Shaken students started coming out of their rooms and we had to calm them down. It was a sombre morning given how excited students usually are when they start their time at uni.”

A spokesman for Kent Police said: “We were called at 8.37am on Sunday to residential accommodation on the University of Kent campus, Canterbury, following a report a person had died.

“Officers and the South East Coast Ambulance Service attended the scene where a woman in her late teens was confirmed dead. Her death is not being treated as suspicious. “Next of kin are aware and a report will now be prepared for the coroner.”

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