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Student Accommodation

  • If students apply before the specified deadline and meet all of the eligibility criteria, they will be offered a room.
  • The university has over 5,400 bedrooms at Canterbury and 1,100 study bedrooms in Medway, with 85% offering self-catering accommodation and 60% of rooms en-suite.

Accommodation Costs


Number of university/college beds 4,527
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation £4,740–£6,320
Typical annual cost of private accommodation £4,080–£5,040


Number of university/college beds 725
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation £5,499–£5,499
Typical annual cost of private accommodation £3,840–£4,560

Living Here

  • City Population: 151,000
  • Student Population: 28,000
  • Canterbury is a medieval walled city, its many quaint streets, a cathedral and plentiful ruins combine to form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Canterbury has a bustling, cosmopolitan atmosphere along with the convenience of being a small town, making it popular with students. The Kent Downs to the south and the coastline to the east make for very attractive surroundings.
  • Kent's Medway campus is close to the towns of Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham. The region is steeped in history and rich in maritime heritage, with Rochester's splendid castle and cathedral, and the Historic Dockyard at Chatham. Medway is a bustling area with lots of things to see and do; there are outstanding sports facilities and exciting arts programmes, with students eligible for concessions at many of Medway Council’s leisure centres, entertainment venues and attractions.

Getting Around

  • Canterbury and Medway campuses are 30 miles apart, and a free shuttle bus runs regularly between the two campuses during term-time.
  • Canterbury is pedestrian-friendly with traffic encouraged to stay out of the city centre, and the city is ideal for cycling, with plenty of designated paths.
  • Bus services to nearby to Whitstable and Herne Bay make these towns desirable cheaper places to live whilst studying in the area.
  • From Canterbury, London is 55 miles and 1 hour away by train. 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 about 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • From Medway it is just 45 minutes by fast train from London and 75 minutes by train from the Channel ports.

Culture and Nightlife

  • The Venue nightclub on the Canterbury campus has a capacity of 1,200 and is open 4 nights a week, providing a range of music genres and a full events programme with many guest appearances. Within the town there are many cafés and bars; and in the summer the Dane John Gardens – a Green Heritage Site – is a venue for concerts from brass bands to rock.
  • There are two main theatres: the Gulbenkian at the University of Kent, including Cinema 3, and the Marlowe Theatre housed in a brand new building. Other attractions in the area include museums, ranging from a recreation of medieval England in the Canterbury Tales, to the Canterbury Heritage Museum located in the medieval Poor Priests' Hospital, and the underground Roman Museum at Longmarket. The newly refurbished Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, in the city centre, has a library and museum, and temporary art and special exhibitions alongside the permanent museum and art pieces. There are the usual walking tours, and river punts are an alternative way to see the city.
  • The Medway campus at Chatham Maritime is a vibrant mixture of modern and historic buildings – the Student Hub itself has a long history; when the campus was a naval barracks, the Hub building was a swimming pool, which inspired students to name the new restaurant and bar The Deep End. There are lots of different events held there, including quiz and comedy nights, live music and nightclub events.
  • Off campus, students can find a thriving music scene and great pubs and clubs with regular discounts to students. Favourite haunts include Bliss in Gillingham and, further afield, Maidstone offers the opportunity of some great nights out. Also, if students fancy a night out in London, the bright lights are less than an hour away by train.