Very pretty city, all you need, close to the coast, countryside, and decent journey to London

By member1049388 On 17th June 2020

Study in Canterbury

The University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University are both based here. Canterbury is probably most well known for having an Archbishop and featuring in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.

 

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University of Kent

The University of Kent started in 1965 with 500 students and today the institution has grown to over 20,000 students. The university has been awarded a gold by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for outstanding teaching. 95% of Kent graduates are in full time employment or further study within six months of graduating.

 

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Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is home to 17,000 students and is known for its friendly and vibrant community of students and staff. Starting life as a teaching college the university now has three faculties which are Arts, Humanities and Education, Medicine, Health and Social Care and Science, Engineering and Social Sciences. 

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Canterbury Student Life

Canterbury is about as far south-east in England as it’s possible to get, but somehow still manages to be in the middle of everything interesting. There are beaches only twenty minutes drive away, and London can be reached in an hour. The city itself caters brilliantly for students, it’s easy to get around and has plenty to offer outside of studies.

Cost of Living

Accommodation

Student accommodation costs range from £99 - £264 per week;  the average is £166 per week. 

Compare the average elsewhere: Guildford: £210/week, Portsmouth: £183/week, Reading: £201/week.

(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)

The average price for:

A cheap meal at a restaurant: £10
A pint of beer: £4.65
A regular takeout coffee: £3.00
1L of milk: £1.00
A loaf of white bread: £1.13

Prices are about the same as equivalent costs in Guildford, about 6% higher than Southampton and about 8% higher than Exeter.

(Source: Numbeo)

 

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Nights Out

If you are looking for a big night out, then the main clubs to head to are Club Chemistry and Toyko Tea Rooms. If you are more into pubs than a night of clubbing, you’ll be pleased to hear that Canterbury has lots of them! Explore the city’s cobbled streets and you will find plenty of pubs. Two favourites are The Cherry Tree and The Foundry Brew Pub which has its own brewery on-site.

Public Transport

Emilyxox
8th April 2020

Buses everywhere…

Buses everywhere, just buy a bus pass and you’re sorted.

 lp542
1st March 2020

It's not too far to walk…

 It’s not too far to walk everywhere and i’ve never had to take a bus. i can walk everywhere i need to. 

member742736
15th October 2019

Get. A. Bus. Pass…

Get. A. Bus. Pass. Make sure you also download the stagecoach app and familiarise yourself with when the buses run on a night out (they never run on Sunday night/early Monday morning).

member46566
22nd April 2015

Public transport is great…

Public transport is great as long as you stick with the green uni bus. Bus ticket is £2.80 for the WHOLE DAY!

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Shopping

There’s a mix of chains and big names with local and traditional shops, and most of it is located around the famous cathedral. If you are after a shopping day out, then a 50-minute drive away is the famous Bluewater, a huge shopping centre that houses pretty much any shop you can think of. For something on a smaller scale and if you are into vintage shopping and unique finds there is Westgate Hall which hosts a weekly market with local artists and producers.

Cultural Guide

 

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Festivals 

Canterbury has fantastic festivals taking place throughout the year. There is the Canterbury Festival which is a two-week art extravaganza that attracts thousands of people from across Europe. There’s Canterbury Pride which is the second biggest Pride event in the South East and every May Bank Holiday is City Sound Project which hosts emerging and established artists and it’s free!

 

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Theatre & Cinema

Marlowe Theatre is one of the best theatres in Kent, you can expect the programme to have anything from West-End Shows and Shakespeare to comedy stand up. Canterbury has three cinemas there’s the Oden, Curzon and the Gulbenkian, so you can catch the latest blockbusters or indie arthouse films.

 

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Museums & Galleries 

The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge is an art gallery, museum and library right in the centre of Canterbury. It is housed in a Grade II listed building which was recently refurbished. It is a cultural hub which brings together art, heritage books, ideas, information and collections all under one roof.

 

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Canterbury Cathedral

The world-famous Canterbury Cathedral is what the city is centred around and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a fantastic historical structure to explore and if you are a Christ Church student, you’ll get to access it for free using your student card. 

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Canterbury was a very...

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7th May 2021

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5th May 2021

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15th April 2021

Plenty to do and see....

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15th April 2021

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12th January 2021

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12th December 2020

Public transport is quite...

Public transport is quite pricy but most stuff in Canterbury is within walking distance. The nightlife is great here and lots of restaurants and takeaways to choose from. read more

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11th December 2020

Beautiful city. Lots...

Beautiful city. Lots of great student friendly restaurants and bars. read more

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8th November 2020

Good nights out. Can...

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6th September 2020

Bus was overly expensive....

Bus was overly expensive. Student nights are fun for the 1st year but not after that. read more

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4th September 2020

A comfortable environment,...

A comfortable environment, very conducive to learning. read more

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2nd September 2020

Nice town, everything’s...

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17th June 2020

Very pretty city, all...

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8th April 2020

Buses everywhere, just...

Buses everywhere, just buy a bus pass and you’re sorted. Lots of restaurants: Nando’s, five guys, ask Italian... SHOPPING is good dw read more

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8th April 2020

Easy to save money whilst...

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1st March 2020

I love canterbury, it’s...

I love canterbury, it’s a small city but it means you soon start to recognise everyone. it’s not too far to walk everywhere and i’ve never had to take a bus. i can walk everywhere i need to. uni is in the city and so is the library, everything is close and the shops are close and good, all outside so when it’s cold and windy it’s a bit annoying but cuban, chem, tokyo are my fave clubs, not far away. around £5 entry. aldi is so cheap and close and tesco is close a bit more expensive read more

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14th November 2019

Plenty to do and of course...

Plenty to do and of course club chemistry is worth a visit amazing nights out at Tokyo tea rooms as well. read more

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member1143439
11th November 2019

drunks, hazards, fights,...

drunks, hazards, fights, none good looking people, just as the uk really is read more

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member742736
15th October 2019

Good high street with...

Good high street with multiple popular brands like top shop, primark, wilko, aldi etc. There are also many places to eat like pizza express, Bill’s, fast food chains etc. Recommend Club chemistry for a night out, they have the most room, the best music and good deals on alcohol. Get. A. Bus. Pass. Make sure you also download the stagecoach app and familiarise yourself with when the buses run on a night out (they never run on Sunday night/early Monday morning). Some of the drivers are horrible and drive like crazy people but that’s bus drivers for you! read more

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member1042393
24th September 2019

Great range of shops...

Great range of shops and food for everyone! Clubs all near and always events happening! read more

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member625762
19th January 2017

Canterbury is an excellent...

Canterbury is an excellent place to live, work and study. There are two universities that rival each other in their excellency. There are plenty of shops and a great nightlife scene. The only drawback would be public transport, it sucks! I found that the best way to get around is by taxi, as the city is fairly small the taxis are extremely cheap. The best service without a doubt is Canterbury Taxis. read more

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member411766
31st July 2015

Love Canterbury, it's...

Love Canterbury, it's lively but not ugly. Many shops and restaurants to visit with unique cafés. read more

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member510895
10th July 2015

Canterbury is beyond...

Canterbury is beyond beautiful. Everything is cheap because it's a student town. I'm originally from London so the prices for nights out and even buses amazed me. read more

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member710834
10th July 2015

Canterbury has everything...

Canterbury has everything you need wether it's a night out or somewhere to eat lunch read more

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10th July 2015

Relatively okay! Locals...

Relatively okay! Locals hate the students so normally a battle constantly. read more

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22nd May 2015

Unibus is really good...

Unibus is really good but not great at night. Bit of a trek to campus and lots of hills. Shopping is good but expensive, lots of nice resturants that aren't too badly priced and good take away via just eat. Always check the hygiene rating though. read more

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24th April 2015

If you like pubs and...

If you like pubs and bars, historic buildings of an "old town", and the sound of graduating in a cathedral: this is your place. Great shopping spaces, parks, and transport for students! read more

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member46566
22nd April 2015

You can get food cheap...

You can get food cheap (as long as you go Aldi). Compared to Essex I don't really like to go out to Canterbury at night. My favourite shop is Forever21 and the closet one is a 50min drive from town (Bluewater). Public transport is great as long as you stick with the green uni bus. Bus ticket is £2.80 for the WHOLE DAY! There's loads of places to eat out, but I order food online instead. read more

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22nd April 2015

Love living here...feels...

Love living here...feels like a second home! read more

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21st April 2015

The cost of living is...

The cost of living is expensive regarding eating out as well as the accommodation. read more

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