Canterbury Events

This page provides directions and useful information on how to get to our Applicant Days, Campus Tours and Open Events for Canterbury campus.

Whichever mode of travel you are using; give yourself plenty of time to plan your whole journey before leaving to travel to this event. This will ensure you are prepared for any disruptions and plan where to stop for breaks and refreshments if you are travelling a long-distance.

We highly recommend you plan your journey prior to travelling and check the Transport Campus Travel Updates page to keep you updated on known local disruptions so that you can stay prepared.

Location of Event

At our Canterbury campus - for details of where to go when you have arrived onto campus; please refer to the information provided by our Recruitment Team when you signed up for the event. 

To find the building location you are visiting: 

  • use the pedestrian wayfinding signs and maps located around the campus, next to bus stops and within car parks. 
  • use our online map. Type in the building name to highlight where it is located on campus.
  • speak to an event student helper who are located around the campus to help and provide advice.

Public Transport Travel Directions

When using online tools to plan your journey to travel by public transport to our Canterbury campus, use the main University address and refer to travel advice given below.


Southeastern journey planning app and page  are useful tools to help with planning your journey to Canterbury by train. Southeastern rail serves Canterbury East and Canterbury West train stations. The High-Speed service from London operates to/from Canterbury West.

From both Canterbury train stations, we recommend using the local bus service from the train stations to/from the campus.

Local Buses

Stagecoach Journey Planning app and page are useful tools to help with where and when to catch a bus within the East Kent area.

Buses serving our campus

  • Uni1, Uni2, Triangle and Number 4 services operate directly onto campus.
  • Number 5 service operates on adjacent roads to campus.

Campus Bus stops are located around the campus. For this event, we recommend you alight at one of the following bus stops: 

National Express

When using National Express planning your journey page type in University of Kent (Canterbury) as your destination.

The 022 National Express service operates to Canterbury Bus Station and our campus Keynes bus stop


Canterbury offers many taxi services to get you to the University from the city, an airport or other destinations. 

Longley's Private Hire (student discount available)

Other Canterbury Taxi Companies: 

There are also a number of taxi ranks around the city centre. Ranks can be found at: 

  • Canterbury West Railway Station 
  • Canterbury East Railway Station 
  • St George's Lane, outside Boots the Chemist adjacent to bus station. 
  • Canterbury Lane & Link Lane, outside Superdrug 
  • Rose Lane, beside Tesco Metro 

  • For more information, please visit our Taxi Travel webpage.

    Walking and Cycling Travel Directions

    When planning your journey to walk or cycle find the building you are visiting first on our maps page. Insert the postcode given for the building you are visiting first within the online tool you are using to navigate. There are some useful links to online tools and maps on our walking & cycling planning your journey advice pages.

    Car Directions

    When planning your journey by car use the following Navigations to direct you to our Canterbury campus: 

    See directions below for free parking on Open Days, Applicant Events and Campus Tours.

    Open Day Event Parking

    Follow the University of Kent yellow parking signs, which will direct you to the relevant Car Park. Where you can park free of charge, you do not require a permit to display for this event.  

    Image of University Open Day parking wayfinding sign

    Image of University Open Day parking wayfinding sign    

    Applicant Events Parking Instructions

    Follow the University of Kent yellow Applicant Event parking signs, which will direct you to the Giles Lane Car Park, and if this becomes full you will be directed to the Sports Centre Car Park. You can park free of charge in any car park, but require a permit to park Monday to Friday.

    Image of University Applicant Day parking wayfinding sign

    Image of University Applicant Day parking wayfinding sign

    Campus Tours Parking Instructions

    You can book a Canterbury Tour online. When booking you will be asked if you are coming to campus by car. If you select yes, you will be asked to provide your vehicle registration number. These details are then uploaded onto our parking system and you will receive an email confirming that your parking has been arranged. You can park free of charge in a marked bay within any car park, you do not require a permit to display for this event.

    Making the most of your visit

    If you have time, visit Canterbury and local areas to get a feel for where you could be studying and/or living. The City of Canterbury and the County of Kent offers a rich history, a variety of activities, restaurants, shopping and nightlife for all students, as well as, countryside and beaches nearby.

    If you are thinking of staying overnight, there are plenty of places to stay within the area or even within our own University B&B rooms. If you decide to stay, maybe visit the Gulbenkian Arts Centre on campus or if you are feeling active try out the ‘Pay to Play’ at our Kent Sport facilities whilst you are here.    

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