What makes Canterbury a great student city? Is it the spectacular cathedral, quaint cobbled streets or the Marlowe Theatre? Maybe its the vast range of pubs and cafés within the city walls or because its one of the most affordable UK cities for students. Whatever your reasons for choosing Canterbury, take time to explore all our city and region has to offer.
History and heritage
The citys medieval history is easy to see in its streets and buildings, along the River Stour and in the world-famous Canterbury Cathedral. This is also the venue for our degree ceremonies and the perfect backdrop for your graduation photo.
The Cathedral, St Augustines Abbey and St Martins church, the oldest church in the country, make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Religion and education have been at the heart of the city since St Augustine arrived in 598AD to evangelise England. With a population of almost 40,000 students, the city remains a centre of history, culture and learning.
Arts and culture
There are a number of galleries in Canterbury and the annual Canterbury Festival attracts thousands of visitors from across Europe. The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge is an art gallery, museum, library and café right on the High Street.
The city is also home to the 1,200-seat Marlowe Theatre. Redeveloped in 2011, it hosts touring productions of West End musicals as well as plays, ballet, contemporary dance, opera and live bands. The main theatre welcomes some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy, while the Marlowe Studio is the place to see up-and-coming talents from across the country.
To catch the latest film releases in 2D or 3D, the ODEON Canterbury offers student deals on tickets, food, drink and more. Alternatively, Curzon Canterbury shows everything from Hollywood blockbusters to independent films, and it has a café and licensed bar.
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I like Canterbury. You see everyone there – students, locals, tourists – and I like diversity because that’s what I grew up with.
Canterburys Whitefriars shopping centre brings you the best in fashion, beauty and lifestyle from some of the biggest names in retail. Just a short walk away, the independent shops and boutiques in the Kings Mile, Westgate and St Dunstans sell fine art, jewellery, clothing, crafts, antiques and more.
A stroll through the city streets and you will come across almost every type of food. Grab a pizza, burger or fajitas in the high street or sample sushi, meze or fresh seafood in a local restaurant. Fancy something different? The annual Canterbury Food & Drink Festival showcases some of the very best food and drink our county has to offer.
The city has plenty to offer those looking for a good night out. Clubs include Steinbeck & Shaw, a unique venue blending a bar and nightclub experience, and Club Chemistry, the citys biggest nightclub playing old-school classics, hip hop and dance music. For something more traditional, there are numerous pubs and bars both on the high street and hidden in the historic alleys and back streets.
Sports and leisure
The county of Kent is home to a number of professional sports teams, and if you want to get involved there are first-class facilities for all levels and abilities to use.
Play a round of golf at Broome Park, watch Gillingham FC play at Priestfield or head to the world-famous Brands Hatch motor racing circuit - all less than an hour's drive from campus.
Cricket is a hugely popular sport in Kent and teams have been representing the county for 300 years. Watch Kent County Cricket Club and the Kent Women's cricket team in action at the St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury. The ground also hosts the oldest cricket festival week in England, Canterbury Cricket Week.