Canterbury Christ Church University

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Student Accommodation

  • The university guarantees accommodation to all first-year undergraduate students and postgraduate 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 ten 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

  • City Population: 151,000
  • Student Population: 28,000
  • 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 fully equipped sports centre.

Culture and Nightlife

  • Canterbury's narrow and interesting streets are full of cafés, bars and restaurants, together with a number of clubs in the city.
  • Canterbury museums range from a recreation of medieval England in the Canterbury Tales, to the underground Roman Museum at Longmarket. The university's Sidney Cooper Gallery showcases major exhibitions, attracting national and international artists; and of course there is the stunning Canterbury Cathedral.
  • There are also two main theatres: the Marlowe Theatre, a leading regional theatre with a wide and varied programme, and the Gulbenkian, which includes a cinema.
  • Festivals include Canterbury Anifest, an award-winning animation festival and the largest annual event of its kind in the south east, and the annual Canterbury Festival of music, comedy, drama and art.
  • Canterbury's sporting clubs include Kent County Cricket Club, and other sports include hockey, rugby, golf, football and sea sports along with the university's own sports facilities. The Medway campus is a short distance from the multi-sport Medway Park, used as a pre-Olympic training camp.


  • Canterbury is pedestrian-friendly and there is a cost-effective park-and-ride service to help students get around. The city is ideal for cycling, with plenty of paths, and buses are reasonably priced and frequent.
  • London is less than one hour away by high-speed train from Canterbury, and around 45 minutes from the Medway towns.
  • The Eurostar to the Continent is easily accessible from Ashford International, with a train service from Canterbury West.
  • Gatwick Airport is a one-hour drive away.
  • A ferry from Dover to Calais takes about one hour and 15 minutes.