Getting here by car
The campus is less than two miles from Canterbury city centre. It can be accessed by road from the west via A290 Whitstable Road or from the east via St Stephen’s Hill.
From London, the North and East Anglia (via M25 clockwise): Exit the M25 at junction 2 onto the A2 Canterbury. Continue on A2/M2 and exit at junction 7 then follow signs to Canterbury.
From the West and South-West (via M25 anticlockwise): Exit the M25 at junction 5 and continue on M26(M20) signposted Maidstone. Exit the M20 at junction 7 onto A249 Sheerness. Exit left onto M2 for Canterbury, exit the M2 at junction 7 then follow signs to Canterbury.
From Canterbury to the campus: Via A2 eastbound/London: Rheims Way, London Road, Whitstable Road, University Road.
Via A2 westbound: Wincheap, Rheims Way, London Road, Whitstable Road, University Road.
There is limited parking available on campus and parking spaces cannot be guaranteed. We would, therefore, advise visitors to use public transport wherever possible.
Applicant Days and Selection Days
Other visitor parking
Follow directions to the pay and display car parks marked on the visitor parking map (PDF 176KB).
Please note that our pay and display machines are coin payment only and we cannot guarantee a space will be available within these car parks. There is free visitor parking across the University after 5pm and at weekends.
Accessible parking for visitors with restricted mobility
There are accessible parking bays in the Central car park and other car parks on campus. See Visitor parking map for locations of all car parks. Please ensure that your blue badge is visible. Visitors with restricted mobility can reserve a parking bay by contacting TransportTeam@kent.ac.uk or +44 (0)1227 823609.
Getting here by bus
Getting here by rail
There are frequent, high speed train services to Canterbury from St Pancras International. There are also direct services from London Victoria, London Charing Cross, Ebbsfleet International and Ashford International.
The University is just a short bus or taxi ride direct from Canterbury East and Canterbury West railway stations.
Plan your journey: National Rail
Getting here by Channel Tunnel
From France: take the Eurostar to Ashford from Paris or Lille, then train to Canterbury West. Approximate journey time 2 hours and 20 minutes (Paris), one hour and 20 minutes (Lille).
From Belgium: take the Eurostar to Ebbsfleet from Brussels, then coach to Canterbury West. Approximate journey time 2 hours and 45 minutes.
From France (by road/rail): take Le Shuttle from Calais to the Folkestone Eurotunnel Terminal. From the terminal, follow signs to Folkestone, Dover, Canterbury and Ramsgate (M20/A20). Stay on the A20 until instructed to join the A260 signposted Canterbury.
Plan your journey: EuroTunnel (Le Shuttle)
Getting here by air
From London Heathrow: take the underground to London Victoria then rail to Canterbury. Alternatively, take the Heathrow Express to Paddington, underground to St Pancras International then rail to Canterbury. Approximate journey time 2 hours 20 minutes.
Plan your journey: from Heathrow
From London Gatwick: take the train to London St Pancras International then high-speed rail to Canterbury. Approximate journey time 2 hours. Alternatively, take the train to London Bridge then rail to Canterbury. Approximate journey time 2 hours 15 minutes.
Plan your journey: from Gatwick
From London Stansted: take the train to Tottenham Hale then the underground to the National Rail mainline station you intend to travel from. Alternatively, take the Stansted Express to London Liverpool Street, then the underground to your National Rail mainline station. From here, see the Getting here by rail section. Approximate journey time 2 hours 30 minutes.
Plan your journey: from Stansted
From London Luton: take the train from Luton Airport Parkway to London St Pancras International then high-speed rail to Canterbury. Approximate journey time 2 hours.
Plan your journey: from Luton
National Express also runs an airport transfer service.
Getting here by foot
From Canterbury West: turn left out of the station and walk to the end of the road. Just after the 'Goods Shed' market on your left, take the footpath on the left and take the subway under the railway line. The University is signposted on blue signs from here.
University of Kent
Tel: +44 (0)1227 764000