Canterbury campus


Arriving in January: Transport and Parking

See below for information on how to travel to Canterbury campus if you are arriving January 2019.

Travelling by car if you are living on campus

Unloading permit
If you are arriving by car, please be sure to download your Unloading Permit obtained by completing the online accommodation induction in your 'My Accommodation' account at

You must print and display your Unloading Permit in your vehicle while you are on campus.

Please do not bring your car to campus unless it will be removed shortly afterwards. Students living on campus are not entitled to apply for a parking permit.

Directions to Canterbury campus

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.

Travelling by public transport

We have excellent transport links within the local area.

South Eastern rail serves Canterbury East and Canterbury West train stations.  The High Speed service from London operates to Canterbury West. We recommend using the local bus service from the train stations to the campus using one of the following services. See National Rail journey planner.

Stagecoach ltd is the main bus service provider in Canterbury. The Uni1, Uni2 and Number 4 serve the campus. There are a number of bus stops on campus and we recommend you alight at the following bus stops:

  • Keynes stop (main bus stop)– Turing, Keynes, Eliot and Becket Court
  • Science Building stop – Sports Centre
  • Ingram building stop – Sports Centre
  • Gulbenkian Theatre stop -  Woolf
  • Darwin stop – Darwin, Rutherford, Tyler Court
  • Park Wood stop– Park Wood houses and flats

See Stagecoach journey planner.

Travelling from London airports

Plan your journey:

National Express offer an airport transfer service.

See National Rail journey planner for trains from London.



Transport and parking at all other times

The University of Kent promotes itself as a Green University and aims to reduce single car occupancy as part of its Travel Plan. We have excellent transport links within the local area as well as to and from London and Europe.

Travel by car

Parking is very restricted at the Canterbury campus. Students residing on Canterbury campus or within the local exclusion zones are not entitled to park on campus. Further information about who can apply to park on campus can be found on our website.

Accessible parking bays are available for those with restricted mobility.

Travel by Public Transport

The University works together with Stagecoach bus company to make student travel even more affordable across the East Kent and East Sussex area. 

University of Kent students can purchase a substantially discounted bus pass or tickets. To take advantage of these fares you need to have your KentOne card.  Further information, including details on how to obtain these discounts, can be found on our bus travel webpage.

Travel by Bike

The University works with ByCycle to provide a cycle hire scheme on campus as well as free bike check-ups by Dr Bike. There is plenty of cycle storage around the campus to lock up your bike.  Further information can be found here.

Travel between Medway and Canterbury

The University provides a free shuttle service between the Medway and Canterbury campuses. This service provides travel to University of Kent students and staff only and has a booking service to guarantee a seat.  Click here for further information.

Travel News and further transport and travel information can be found on our website. Keep up to date by following @unikent_travel on twitter.



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Last Updated: 06/11/2018