9 reasons why Canterbury is a top student city

Location is key when looking for a city to spend your university days and it doesn’t get much better than Canterbury! Here’s why…

1. You can get around the whole city on foot

It takes just 10 minutes to walk the whole stretch of Canterbury’s bustling highstreet, according to Google Maps, so you can take in the city’s sights on foot and easily get to where you need to be.

Take a few left or right turns off the main highstreet and you’ll find cobbled medieval streets, a stunning Cathedral backdrop and picturesque riverboats that you’ll be ‘gramming in no time.

The Dane John Gardens across the road from our library at Augustine House is the perfect park to chill and take a quick study break.

I decided to change my course so during the summer I decided to look into Clearing. I looked at different universities but I decided to stay in Canterbury because I lived here already so it was financially beneficial for me. Canterbury has everything you need so I stayed!”

Jessica joined us through Clearing in 2016

2. There’s so many trendy eateries to enjoy 

Canterbury offers the typical chain restaurants (yes, this does include a Nandos) but, most importantly, a ton of independent eateries that complement our city’s distinctive character.  

Healthy food hangouts aren’t hard to find; The Skinny Kitchen, Kitch, The VegBox… the list goes on. We sent drama student Katie try these hangouts - watch the video to get a taster (warning, you might get food envy).

Don’t want to venture out for midnight munchies? Deliveroo and UberEats will bring your food to your doorstep.

3. Festival vibes all year round

Artists Wretch 32, Ms Banks and Artful Dodger all performed at last year’s City Sound Project, an annual festival that happens every May Bank Holiday Weekend across the city. It’s definitely one not to be missed.

Canterbury Pride is the biggest Pride event in the South East outside of Brighton and you can celebrate love and diversity at this incredible festival every June. We sponsor the event so join us for the march which flows through the city and then party til the early evening.

Love food and drink? Of course you do! The Canterbury Food and Drink festival takes place right across the road from our Augustine House library at the Dane John Gardens every September, perfectly timed with Welcome Week so there’s no excuse to miss the treats on offer.  

4. The local music scene and hidden speakeasies

Just walking along the highstreet you’ll hear singer-songwriters busking and performing their original songs to the passersby. Within Canterbury’s array of pubs, bars and clubs you can catch new sounds from the city’s local bands and DJs any day of the week.

Bands like Bastille, Radiohead and Supergrass have owned the stage at The Penny Theatre or the ‘The Penny’ as you’ll affectionately come to call it once you’ve become a regular. 

And finally, we challenge you to find Canterbury’s hidden speakeasy bar Bramley’s – once you find it you’ll want to keep going back. 

5. West-end shows without the price tag

Looking to be entertained? The Marlowe Theatre, named after the English playwright Christopher Marlowe author of the world-famous Canterbury Tales, regularly puts on West-End Shows but that’s not all the Marlowe has to offer. Keep a look out on their ‘what’s on’ schedule for concerts, plays and comedy gigs - the theatre has recently welcomed Jimmy Carr and Derren Brown to name a few.

You could even pick up seats for just £10 if you’re quick enough and aged between 16 and 26. 

6. Shopping made better with student discounts 

The annual Student Shopping Night takes place every October at Whitefriars, just in time for your first month of being a student. With discounts of up to 40%, goody bags and giveaways, this is a must visit event to add to your student calendar.

The excitement leading to Christmas increases by 100% when the Christmas market pop-ups across the streets of Canterbury and transforms the city into a winter wonderland. Watch out video to get a glimpse: 


7. Sports fans - the city has you covered 

Canterbury is home to Kent County Cricket at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence. After England’s World Cup triumph this year, keep watching the sport and support your new local team. We’re also hugely proud to sponsor the Women’s Kent County Cricket Team! The Spitfire Ground also hosts events throughout the year. Each fireworks night the ground puts on the city’s best fireworks display (students get discounted tickets) and they regularly have concerts on – Olly Murs, Elton John and many more have performed at the ground.

Other local teams include Canterbury City Football Club and Canterbury Rugby Football Club.  

If you love to play sport or you’re looking to be a part of a new team, why don’t you take the chance now! The Uni has loads of teams to choose from and they regularly take part in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) competitions across the country. We also have a sports centre and gym you can become a member of. 

8. Beach days are just minutes away

Escape the city for a day or two and visit one of the sunny seaside towns within close proximity from Canterbury. Our top picks Whitstable, Broadstairs, Margate plus loads more beaches to choose from.

You can get to all these destinations on bus from Canterbury and you can get some great student discounts which means you’ll have more money to spend on ice-cream.



9. London is less than an hour away (via the highspeed)

Jump on the highspeed from Canterbury West and you’ll be in the capital within an hour. Planning to travel back and forth regularly? Order yourself a National Rail railcard to get a third off your travel costs.

The last three years have been incredible. Canterbury is beautiful and really close to London as well. Places like Camden are really easy to get to.

Tom joined us through Clearing in 2013

When Buzzfeed says Canterbury is a brilliant destination you know you’re onto a winner.  


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