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Joining your local community.

Discovering your local area is part of the fun of settling into your new life, whether you’re moving here or commuting from home. There are lots of ways to get involved with your local community and a range of initiatives to keep you safe on a great night out. 

From finding your local supermarket, doctors or banks, to exploring the shops, cafes and nightlife, there’s plenty of time to get to know what’s on your new doorstep.

Signing up for local activities, supporting local businesses or joining a local interest group are fun ways to learn about the new community you are now part of. 

One great way to settle in and become part of the community is through volunteering. Whatever your interest, location or time commitment, there’s a volunteering opportunity to suit you. From supporting the local homeless charity to raising funds for the local hospice or getting out and about with a wildlife charity, the volunteering team can help you find the local volunteering opportunity you’re looking for.

There are also opportunities through the Students’ Union to go on litter picks and get involved in local environmental projects.

And don't forget the range of local events on offer. Christ Church is proud to sponsor the Canterbury Festival as well as Canterbury and Medway Pride.  

A great way to become part of your new community, whether you are living in University or in private accommodation, is to introduce yourself to your neighbours.

Neighbours can give you tips about living in the local area, let you know when the bins need to go out and keep an eye out on our property during holiday times.

And remember you can make a difference by being a good neighbour too!

  • Be considerate and keep the noise down
    You could be living next door to families with young children, someone who has to work unsociable shifts or a fellow student studying to meet an assessment deadline - so if you are coming back from a night out or having company around, please consider your noise levels. If you are contemplating having a one-off party that could potentially be disruptive, tell your neighbours in advance.
  • Recycle
    Recycling your rubbish and knowing when your bin collection days are will ensure that you are doing your bit towards being green and keeping the local area tidy. The local council should provide you with a leaflet about how recycling works and you can also check on their website Canterbury and Medway. If you don't think you have the right bins make sure you let your landlord know. Put the leaflet up in your kitchen so you don’t forget what needs to go out and when! 

We recommend that you register with a GP Practice close to where you live, so if you are ever ill you know you can get the help you need.

If like most students, you spend more weeks of the year at your university address than your family’s address, you need to register with a GP near to you as soon as possible.

If you’re a citizen of the UK, voting is your democratic right - so don’t miss out on your voice being heard locally and nationally!

Whatever your politics, in order to have your say in general and local elections, you need to be registered to vote.

You are entitled to be registered to vote from your term-time address and your home address (provided that these do not fall within the same area).

Registering to vote could be your first step in influencing the future of your country.

  • Students from the UK, EU, Commonwealth, British Overseas Territories and British Crown Dependencies are all eligible to register to vote.
  • In national elections such as a General Election or a Referendum, you must only vote once (from either address). It is a criminal offence to vote twice in one election.
  • In local elections, you may vote from both addresses (providing that they do not fall within the same local authority).

It’s easy to do and can be done online on GOV.UK in just a few minutes. You’ll need to provide your:

  • National insurance number
  • Date of birth
  • Address

Please note, you can register to vote at both your home and term-time addresses, but you can only vote in one location.

Accessing your status letter and council tax discount

You can get a variety of letters to prove you are a current Canterbury Christ Church University student by clicking on the 'My Letters' tab in MyRecord. This can be used to:

  • set up a student bank account - the Money Advice Service offers a wide range of guidance about student and graduate bank accounts.
  • apply for a Council Tax exemption or discount. If you are a full-time student studying at Canterbury Christ Church University, you could be entitled to council tax exemption. For more information and to apply for council tax exemption you can visit the council’s website for Canterbury or Medway.
  • get a status letter for international students to show to employers with their BRP when seeking work. (Please note: we cannot amend the text in your status letter to confirm working hours or holiday periods.)
You may need to click the '+' symbol to reveal any add hidden menu items in MyRecord
If you are registered but can't see the 'My Letters' tab in MyRecord, you may need to click the '+' to reveal any additional hidden tabs along the top menu.

Take the 20 minute Expect Respect Welcome Module to win great prizes!

This Expect Respect Welcome Module will introduce you to the university and cover some important topics for student life, including building your supportive network, our Expect Respect campaign, staying safe and cultivating healthy relationships.

When you complete this module, you will be entered into a prize draw, with a chance to win some amazing CCCU goodies and experiences!

Discovering your local area


Canterbury is a vibrant, historic city with loads to offer. From great places to eat and drink, to shops offering student discounts, from events and festivals to theatres and cinemas, there is so much to explore. It won’t be long until you’ll be showing off your new home via Instagram to your friends and family back home.

MyCanterbury Discount and Gift Card

As a resident of Canterbury, you are eligible for a MyCanterbury Discount Card. The MyCanterbury Discount Card is a special card that provides the bearer with a range of offers and deals and is free to apply for.

And why not ask your friends or family to buy you a Canterbury Gift Card. Whether it’s a delicious meal out, a haircut, some new clothes or a trip out for the whole family, the Canterbury Gift Card has you covered!


Medway is a vibrant, fast developing area, with historic landmarks and great connections. Our students love the community feel of our Medway Campus, near to the historic Chatham Dockyard. This area has undergone a great deal of regeneration in recent years and is now home to a range of waterside shops, restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as a large Odeon cinema and a gym.

Staying safe

Starting university is an exciting time and as you settle in, exploring new places and meeting new friends, we have a range of initiatives to help keep you safe at the same time.

Our friendly security staff are on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you ever have an emergency, concerns or questions they are here to support you. And if you download the Safezone app onto your mobile, you can ask for their help at the press of a button.

SafeZone is a safety app that allows you to alert university security via your mobile phone if you ever need urgent assistance, first aid or if you have an emergency while on Canterbury or Medway campus.

SafeZone is simple –to use and free to download:

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