Canterbury and Kent

About Canterbury and Kent.

Canterbury has the highest student population in the UK. So you don't just have to take our word for it! Discover the perfect place for your student journey.

Where is Canterbury?

Haven't visited Canterbury before? Don't worry! We are easy to find and just as easy to get to.

You can find us in Kent, in the South East of the UK. London is just an hour away by train, and we are the closest UK city to mainland Europe, so you can get to Paris within just two hours. 

Our city is not only well connected to world capitals, we are surrounded by coast and countryside, with plenty of space to clear your head and explore nature. You get the best of both worlds!

Our city, your time.

It has never been a better time to study in Canterbury. Our high student population creates a vibrant, diverse and student-friendly atmosphere.

We are a hub of exciting new ideas emerging from a stunning historic city - join us and get involved!

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History and heritage

Canterbury is a historic city with many tales to tell. As you explore the city, you find yourself surrounded in history. Explore medieval alleyways and cobbled streets, all before you reach our world-famous Canterbury Cathedral - one of our three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the venue of your graduation!

Above all else, Canterbury's history is one of stories. From Marlowe, to Dickens, to Chaucer, Canterbury has inspired stories that have stood the test of time. Of course, the University of Kent is home to two Nobel Laureates. 

What better place to start your journey, and tell your own story? So many great stories start with Canterbury, why shouldn't yours?

Now you know our city, discover our campus.

Beautiful, unique, peaceful, green. Canterbury campus. Built on 300 acres of parkland, with views over the historic city of Canterbury, it's an idyllic place to study.

Kent Union

With 250+ societies, there is something for everyone. Whether your passion is sport or sustainability, you’re a foodie or keen on gaming, Kent is the perfect place to find your community.



Campus is home to 'the Venue' - Canterbury's biggest nightclub with nights covering all genres. Each college also has its own bar, so a good night out is never too far away.

Welcoming. Dynamic. Home.

Our community is made up of people from different backgrounds, of different ages and from over 100 nationalities. As great as our campus is, nothing beats the people you'll meet here.

Places to eat

Our food reflects our diversity, have a full-English breakfast, Caribbean for lunch and Greek for dinner, all on campus! Rutherford offers £3 hot meals, so you never have to break the bank.

A place for headspace

Our green spaces on campus offer a chance to clear your head. The blend of campus and nature makes it perfect for studying and socialising. And we are committed to keeping it that way.

Ready to choose Canterbury? Take the first step and find your course.