We're looking forward to meeting you! Here you'll find everything you need to know before your visit to our Canterbury Campus.

Plan your day

There's lots to see and do in one day, so if you are travelling from afar, we recommend that you plan early and create an itinerary! You can find the timings of our open day events on our website or through the email communications that we will send you in the run-up to the event. Don’t forget, open days run a flexible format, so you can come and go as you please meaning that you can go and explore Canterbury as well as visiting the university.

Canterbury is easy to get to by car or public transport. Where possible, we recommend coming by sustainable means or using the park and ride services.

How to get here

Like most cities, Canterbury's traffic can get busy so please allow plenty of time. There is no event visitor parking on campus during the week and it is very limited at weekends, so for cheap, all-day parking we recommend you use one of the city's Park and Ride services:

  • New Dover Road (CT1 3EJ) - open 7am to 7.30pm (9.45am to 5pm on Sundays)
  • Wincheap (CT1 3TQ) - open 7am to 7:30pm (9:45am to 5:30pm on Sundays)

Please visit Canterbury's Park and Ride website for full information.

Disabled parking

Blue Badge holders may park in any of the designated parking spaces for disabled people in the University car parks, please see our Canterbury Campus map . Please remember to display your badge.

Canterbury has two rail stations - Canterbury East and Canterbury West, the latter of which is served by high-speed services from London. Both stations are within easy walking distance of the campus, taking around 15 minutes on foot, and both have taxi ranks outside.

Visit the National Rail website for full information.

Canterbury's bus station at Whitefriars is just a few minutes' walk from our campus and there are regular services reaching most of East Kent. National Express services also

Please visit the Stagecoach website for full information on local buses, and National Express for regional coach services.

Canterbury is served by National Cycle Network Routes 1, 16 and 18, and is an easy ride from villages and towns nearby. We have plenty of cycle parking around our Canterbury campus which also benefits from CCTV and on-site security.

Find out more on the Sustrans website.

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Verena Holmes marquee (please register here) - ///chips.merit.wiser

On the day


When you arrive, please register your attendance at the marquee near the Verena Holmes building. To do this, you will need your QR code which can be found on your ‘here’s your ticket’ email. Don’t worry if you forget your code, we’ll ask you to complete a quick form.

If you are here to find out about postgraduate study, let one of our team of helpers know and they’ll direct you to the PG Welcome Desk.

Listen to a range of talks

If you'd like to get more detail about our courses, or learn more about student life then attending our programme of talks is ideal. You'll get the chance to hear about a subject in depth, from our accommodation options to completing your UCAS application, and it also provides an opportunity for you to ask questions.

  • Check the open day programme to find the talks you want to attend.
  • If you are interested in postgraduate study, check out the postgraduate programme for times and locations for talks and stands.

Look around the accommodation

Whether you have decided to move away from home or not, take a look around our halls of residence. You can either join one of our popular student-lead accommodation tours or visit a range of rooms and flats that will be open for you to view in your own time.

Explore the campus

Open days are a fantastic opportunity to experience for yourself our friendly student and staff community, take walk around the campus and imagine what it would be like to study here. You can use our interactive campus map to navigate through campus.

Discover the local area

University isn't just about learning, there's plenty of time for you to explore and enjoy life, so discover what the local area has to offer. Our Canterbury Campus is at the heart of the city with its historic streets lined with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Discover what it has to offer!

Plus much more...

You can meet your future lecturers and learn about your chosen subject in depth. The Students' Union will be on campus to chat to you about the range of opportunities they offer through clubs and societies once you're a student.

Read our '10 reasons to attend a Canterbury Campus Open Day' blog for more!

Keeping safe

We recommend considering wearing a face covering in enclosed busy spaces on campus.

Hand sanitiser will also be available at the entry to our buildings and throughout the Campus.

If you or your guests have experienced COVID symptoms, received a positive test, or been a close or household contact of someone who has tested positive in the last 5 days we politely request that you not come to campus. Instead, let us know as soon as possible and we will try to rearrange your visit.

Please come prepared for the weather! Comfy shoes are a must as open days typically involve a lot of walking and standing. 

Any questions?

If you have any questions before you visit us, please send us a tweet using the hashtag #CCCUopenday or email us at opendays@canterbury.ac.uk