Students with families

Canterbury and Medway offer great environments for families, with a wide range of child-friendly facilities and a perfect mix of city, coast and countryside.

Do your research

If you are bringing family members with you, we strongly advise you to travel to Kent alone, in advance of starting your course, to make all the arrangements for housing and schooling and to get a sense of the local area, before bringing your family to join you. Deciding where to live may be affected by a range of factors including the proximity to schools and other family-focused services. 


The University does not have on-campus accommodation suitable for families, so you will need to live off-campus. If you will be studying and living in Canterbury, we recommend using Home Stamp, which helps students to find good quality private accommodation in Canterbury. If you are living and studying in Medway, we recommend that you read our housing guide.

When searching online for accommodation, use postcode CT1 for central Canterbury and postcode CT2 for the University campus. The postcode for the Medway area is ME7.

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Schooling and childcare

The education system in the UK is divided into four main parts, primary education, secondary education, further education and higher education. Children in the UK have to legally attend primary and secondary education, which runs from about 5 years old until the student is 16 years old.

Finding a school


Play centres and family groups

Support services at the University

We have excellent support services at the University to help you academically and personally:

Postgraduate International Families Network

Established to support international students who have families and spouses joining them in the UK during their studies. Email Deborah Molloy at to join the Network mailing list and receive notifications of upcoming events. 

Join our Facebook group!

Living in the UK

The United Kingdom is a great place to live and study. You can find out lots of information about the culture, getting around and places to visit by taking a look at International Student.

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