View of Canterbury Cathedral and the Marlowe Theatre from the campus


Our Canterbury campus was founded in 1965 with just 500 students. We now have around 16,500 students from 158 nationalities and a very cosmopolitan feel.

Welcome to Canterbury

Our self-contained Canterbury campus provides a welcoming environment and a close-knit student community. Campus life revolves around six colleges, the Templeman Library, the Gulbenkian arts centre and the Mandela Building (home of Kent Union) – all set among green and tranquil open spaces.

The city itself has a warm and friendly atmosphere. Explore medieval buildings, lively bars, atmospheric pubs and a wide range of shops just a 25-minute walk from campus. London is an hour away by high-speed train and we're also the closest UK city to mainland Europe, so you can be in Paris, Brussels or Lille within two hours.

Two students chat in a bright student kitchen


Take a look at the variety of rooms we offer across our 300-acre campus.

Three students sit on the hill overlooking Canterbury

Campus life

Find out what it's like to live, study and socialise on our Canterbury campus.

A busy street in Canterbury city centre

City life

Explore the bars, restaurants and attractions that make our city so popular with students.

Map of the south east of England with transport routes to Kent highlighted


We'll show you how to get here for an Open Day, informal visit or to begin your studies.