The inspiration behind the Canterbury Tales, the home of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the birthplace of Christopher Marlowe, Canterbury is pretty significant worldwide. So why should you come to university in Canterbury? Here are our top ten reasons why Canterbury is the perfect place to spend your student years.
1. Student city
Canterbury is a student town. There are three different universities and over 40,000 students studying at them. Canterbury is a vibrant city and with so many students, there is always something to do and someone to meet. Whether it’s student events at the SU, society meetups, student nights at the local bars or fun activities and events in the city centre, you’ll never be bored- or out of friends! In fact, with so many students to meet, we are sure you’ll be bombarded with social invitations.
2. All the food
Why do we love Canterbury? There’s so. Much. Food. With five different food outlets on campus and a city centre full of delicious cafes and restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Many of the restaurants in town also offer a student discount- so make sure to bring your NUS Totum app with you to take advantage of this!
3. Night life
Canterbury has a thriving nightlife. St George’s Centre’s Lounge Bar and Kitchen hosts regular student nights, with a wide variety of fun activities to get involved in. For those night owls who want to stay out a little later, the city centre is bustling with bars and clubs. Did you know the Students’ Union run a free safety bus until 3am every day over Freshers which will pick you up from and drop you off at the Lounge, Club Chemistry and all of the Halls of Residences in Canterbury?
Keep safe with our Uni SafeZone app- it’ll give you loads of helpful advice on having a fun, safe night out.
4. Close to London
Canterbury is just an hour from London on the High Speed train- so perfect to easily get home for the weekend or to schedule a day trip to London with your pals. Make your journey to London cheaper with a 16-25 railcard available here or by opting for a National Express coach instead.
With two large parks and cute smaller ones dotted throughout the city, Canterbury is spoilt for choice with green areas. Dane John Gardens is located a short distance from Augustine House and West Gate Gardens is just a five minute walk from Canterbury West station. Have a picnic, host an outdoor revision sesh or spend a lazy afternoon there reading a book- our parks are totally free so go and make the most of them.
6. City campus
Canterbury Christ Church University campus is located slap bang in the heart of the city. Christ Church’s accommodation is at most a 15 minute walk from the centre of town and the Students’ Union is just a 3 minute walk from the high street. So no having to rely on public transport or heaving heavy shopping bags for five miles to get home- Canterbury is a walkable city.
With a major theatre in town, an out-of-the-city theatre at the University of Kent, two cinemas, museums, several acclaimed art galleries, a variety of talented creative companies and three international universities, Canterbury is a cultural hub. Whether you love films and theatre, food, history, live music or alternative cultural events, Canterbury is perfect for the cultural connoisseur. Canterbury Festival takes place in the Autumn and residents will enjoy all the other music, spiritual, food and family festivals that Canterbury has to offer.
8. The history
UNESCO World Heritage site Canterbury is rich with stunning architecture, dating way, way back to the Roman empire. Surrounded by the city walls, thought to have been built in the 3rd century by the Romans, 2,000 years of history is nestled in the city boundaries. The remains of a castle built in the 12th century is just a few minutes walk from the historic city centre, preserved permanently in the past with authentic buildings from the 15th and 16th century. With so much beautiful architecture, we can guarantee there will be plenty of Insta-worthy selfie opportunities during your time here.
Canterbury has been named one of the 10 safest places to be a student! With an excellent police force, secure accommodation, plenty of well lit public spaces and city centre accommodation, if safety is important to you, Canterbury is THE place to be.
10. Near the beach
Canterbury is just 7 miles from Whitstable and a short journey to more amazing Kentish beaches. So when the sun is shining, the weather is scorching and you just can’t stay inside anymore, hop on the bus or train and explore Whitstable, Herne Bay, Folkestone, Dover, Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. For arts lovers, Whitstable is the ‘arty town’ of Kent, Folkestone has a delightful harbour and creative quarter and Margate has beautiful sandy beaches and it’s very own theme park ‘Dreamland’. Dover is just across the channel from France, so hop on the ferry at Dover Priory and within 90 minutes you’ll be in Calais, ready to conquer the rest of Europe. Plus, plenty of excuses for a Mr Whippy ice cream!