Canterbury Christ Church University

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Student Accommodation

  • The university guarantees accommodation to all first-year undergraduate students who firmly accept an offer of a place of study and submit an application form by the relevant deadline.
  • The university has accommodation available in Canterbury and Medway, with spacious, modern residences including en-suite options, to suit a range of budgets. All accommodation has high-speed Wi-Fi and wired Internet, 24-hour security on site or a phone call away, and all bills are included.
  • Nearly all accommodation is located within 10 minutes of teaching or library facilities; halls at Parham Road are around 15-minutes' from central teaching and 25-minutes from the library.
  • The Accommodation team can help students find a place that suits them, whether in university accommodation, renting from a private landlord or staying with Homestay families.

Student Life

  • Canterbury is a medieval walled city and its cathedral and heritage sites, such as St Augustine's Abbey and the Church of St Martin, collectively form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Christ Church is one of only a handful of universities with a campus in a World Heritage Site, and the cathedral is one of the main settings for graduation ceremonies.
  • Located within easy distance of continental Europe, Canterbury's bustling, cosmopolitan atmosphere is popular with students, with nearly 30,000 studying at the three universities in the city.
  • The Medway campus is close to the historic naval town of Chatham and the beautiful cathedral city of Rochester. The campus is in an area known as Chatham Maritime, which includes a multiplex cinema, shopping centre and a sports centre.

Nightlife and Culture

  • Canterbury's narrow and interesting streets are full of cafés, bars and restaurants, together with a number of clubs in the city.
  • The city offers three cinemas, two theatres, and museums ranging from a recreation of medieval England in the Canterbury Tales, to the underground Roman Museum at Longmarket. In the city centre stands the stunning Canterbury Cathedral. 
  • The university hosts a strong arts and culture programme. The Sidney Cooper Gallery in the city centre showcases major exhibitions of national and international artists, and from 2019 a new creative arts facility will host exhibitions and performances. There's also the picturesque St Gregory’s Centre for Music.
  • Annual festivals include Canterbury Anifest, an award-winning animation festival and the largest event of its kind in the south east, and the Canterbury Festival, sponsored by the university, which features a strong programme of music, comedy, drama and art.
  • Canterbury's sports clubs include Kent County Cricket Club, or students could take part in hockey, rugby, golf, football and sea sports – as well as sports offered by the university. The Medway Campus is a short distance from the multi-sport Medway Park, used as a pre-Olympic training camp.


  • Canterbury is pedestrian-friendly. Traffic is encouraged to stay out of the centre during the day and there is a cost-effective park-and-ride service.
  • The city is ideal for cycling, with plenty of paths.
  • Buses are reasonably priced and frequent, and they also provide services to Whitstable and Herne Bay.
  • London is 55 miles and 1 hour away by train. 
  • Travelling further afield, the Eurostar to the Continent is easily accessible from Ashford International, with a train service from Canterbury West. Gatwick Airport is a 1-hour drive. A ferry from nearby Dover to Calais takes around 1 hour 15 minutes.