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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Buses everywhere, just buy a bus pass and you’re sorted.
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.
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).
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Top 10 Canterbury Accommodation
Canterbury Student Village
I’m an international student and I live in Kentish house and I have no complaints! The space is nice and gets cleaned once a week. The property manage...
Nice en-suite room, modern facilities...
Excellent location with easy access to the college bar, library, Co-Op, bus stop and gym. Clean and spacious kitchen with good amenities. Rooms are de...
Canterbury Student Manor
Absolutely amazing! I’ve stayed in a few uni halls and private rented places. This is by far the BEST! The site has so many communal spaces and a gym ...
Very nice building, clean and new looking, in a great area of campus...
I lived in Lypeatt Court for my first year and was very lucky as it's the only court in Parkwood which is refurbished. I also got along with my housem...
Great en-suite rooms. Very hygienic staff, always smells nice and clean... I would only change the food in dolce vita as it often needed a bit of salt...
I commute from off campus, but Rutherford has seemed great when I've been there, it takes time to get used to where you're going because it's a bit of...
Studio Room. I am really impressed by the accommodation and facilities offered here at Palamon Court. It is so central and right next door to the univ...
Parham Student Village
My experience here was absolutely amazing. I got along with everyone I lived with, they are such amazing people. Staff are great, and night time secur...
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Canterbury is a really...
Canterbury is a really nice city to live as a student. Very historic city to live in as it has the cathedral and many old houses. The lake near my accommodation is a beautiful view to look at in the mornings. Walks around town is fun as well as food places are clean but expensive. read more
didn't experience nights...
didn't experience nights out cause it's so dark outside haha. public transport is quite good. mostly arrive on time as shown on apps and it's clean. just avoid after school period. read more
Very quiet town, not...
Very quiet town, not the place to be if you expect a lot from your social life at university, however cost of living is cheap and it is a small town so you can get everywhere easily. There are few good 'nights out' (if any), and the town centre is small so there's not many places to explore, so you'll have to get creative and plan trips to nearby places if you're bored (Broadstairs, Margate + Folkestone are fun to visit for a change of scenery but all small towns too!) read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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