Canterbury and the region

Canterbury is a lovely city with medieval buildings, lively bars and atmospheric pubs as well as a wide range of shops. It has a warm and friendly atmosphere, and is within easy reach of London and mainland Europe.

Historic city

Canterbury has been permanently inhabited since pre-Roman times. The city’s medieval history is easy to see in its streets and buildings and in the world-famous cathedral, which is the venue for the University’s degree ceremonies. The Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s church make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Abbey marked the rebirth of Christianity in southern England and the church, the oldest parish church in England, is still used for worship. Canterbury has a long history of creation and dissemination of new knowledge and education has been at the heart of Canterbury since 597. There is now a population of almost 40,000 students in this city of knowledge.

Cultural centre

Canterbury is a cultural city with a strong focus on the arts. There are a number of galleries and the annual Canterbury Festival attracts thousands of visitors from across the UK and Europe.

The city is also home to the Marlowe Theatre, which hosts national touring productions of West End shows and attracts top artists from the worlds of dance, music, comedy, drama, ballet and opera.

Transport links

You can easily take a day trip to either London or Paris from Canterbury. It is only 56 miles from London on the M2/A2 and high-speed trains run regularly between Canterbury West and London St Pancras and take under an hour. Regular trains also run to and from London Victoria, Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge – journey time is approximately 90 minutes. You can also take the Eurostar from Ashford or Ebbsfleet to arrive in Paris or Brussels in less than two hours. The Channel ports are less than 20 miles away, and it is only 30 minutes’ drive to the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone.

The region

Canterbury is situated in Kent, known as the ‘Garden of England’, and offers you the opportunity to live and study in one of the most picturesque areas of the country. East Kent has 120 miles of coastline, and a number of its beaches have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag for their environmental management, safety, and water quality. The nearest coastal town to Canterbury is Whitstable, where you can get involved in many water sports including yachting, windsurfing and water-skiing, as well as sampling its famous array of seafood. Kent is renowned for its historical past and Canterbury is just a short distance from a number of castles and forts. During their second and third years, many students choose to live in the local towns of Whitstable, Herne Bay and Faversham, which are on bus routes to Canterbury and have direct rail links to London.

The University's location overlooking Canterbury was a big thing for me. I wanted to be able to enjoy the city and the University separately, so the campus location is perfect for this.

~ Matt Wragg, Philosophy

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