Canterbury is home to multiple major universities, and there’s got to be a good reason for that. Full of life and history, thousands of students flock across the country - and even the world! - every year to study here, and you may be wondering: ‘why?’.

Read on to find out why Canterbury is a top student city! This article was written by current student, Jo. 

Complimenting cultures

Maybe you’re someone who likes to live in the past, or maybe you’re someone who wants to live in the moment – either way, Canterbury has you covered as a city. For many people Canterbury is a once-in-a-lifetime trip as there’s history in every inch of the city, from the walls to the world-famous Cathedral, so it’s the perfect place if you want to fully immerse yourself in a culturally rich city. Okay, so you prefer spending sprees to Chaucer? That doesn’t matter here! This chameleon city has a healthy mix of Highstreet brands, bars, independent shops and cafes to keep you busy. Picture it now: you’re walking past the 15th Century hotel that inspired ‘David Copperfield’ with a coffee in hand - doesn’t that sound great?


Photo of student taking a photo of an historic street in the city of Canterbury

Unleash the students

Every year, a swarm of students descend on the city to study at one of the many campuses. If you’ve ever worried about making friends, you won’t have a problem here – there are so many people to meet in the Canterbury area as you’ve got students funnelling in from three major universities! You might find comfort in the knowledge that you’ll never be alone in your experience and that there are thousands of students in the same boat as you. This fact alone carries a few extra benefits like student shopping nights and discounts…

Photo of Canterbury river with 3 students skateboarding alongside on path

An abundance of green spaces

Canterbury is home to some gorgeous green spaces, many of which are within walking distance. Plus, it is located so near to the coast, which means there's dozens of beaches only a stone’s throw away. Your options are plentiful! Whether you’re planning a picnic with your friends in Westgate gardens or a daytrip to see the world-famous White Cliffs of Dover, adventure is only a day away. Sometimes all I want to do is take a day to relax and go for a walk, and Canterbury caters to that very well!

Photo of green grass with yellow flowers in the foreground. Behind depicts tudor style houses with river punting taking place

Great transport links

And, to wrap up nicely, you have my favourite part of Canterbury: the transport links. With two stations and an excellently linked bus station, Kent is your oyster; but why stop there? Margate, Dover and Rochester are great, but London, Paris and Amsterdam are only a train ride away! This means that (while being considerate and compliant of local and international lockdowns and travel restrictions!) you can certainly become well travelled while at uni. While the city may be notoriously difficult to drive through, the bus and train links are unmatched.

Plus so much more to explore...

If you're thinking about studying with us here in Canterbury, or at one of our other campus locations in Medway and Tunbridge Wells, visit our website to learn more about our University locations.

Visit the city in real life!

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