Your guide to student accommodation in Canterbury
Three reasons why Canterbury is great for students
1) It’s full of history
In Canterbury, you can’t walk to your corner shop without stepping past something of historical significance. From blue plaques to UNESCO world heritage sites, the city is teeming with a rich history that’ll inform and inspire every student, whether you’re working towards a BA (Bachelor of Arts), a BS (Bachelor of Science), or BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts).
2) It’s full of students
If you’re a student in Canterbury, you’ll be in good company. There are currently more than 40,000 students living here – many from Canterbury Christ Church University – which, during the academic year, makes up almost half of the population.
Local businesses have cottoned on to the fact that there are so many of you, which is why most offer student discounts. Student cities like Canterbury have a great vibe about them, and the sheer number of young people means you’ll never be too far away from a like-minded person to befriend.
3) It’s full of GREAT student accommodation
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding well-positioned and affordable student accommodation in Canterbury. Whether it’s Canterbury student houses or flats that you’re after, we have loads of options situated in Wincheap, St Dunstan’s, and elsewhere which are within easy walking distance to Canterbury Christ Church campus. Just check out our student lettings page and see for yourself.
Know your options: where to live in Canterbury?
Around the back of Canterbury Christ Church’s Augustine’s Library, you’ll find Wincheap, home to some of the city’s best amenities. The A28 connecting Ashford to Canterbury runs through the centre of Wincheap so it’s well-connected. Canterbury East train station is also close by which makes those trips back home with your laundry bag easier to manage.
Northgate is one of the prettiest areas of Canterbury, boasting some great student pubs (locals and students alike flock to The Dolphin, The Parrot, and The Penny Theatre), independent shops, and historical buildings (including the highly-instagrammable Crooked House). It even has the calm and soothing River Stour meandering through it if you’re after a moment of zen before a deadline. To cap it all off, Northgate is around a 10-minute walk from the main Canterbury Christ Church University campus, as well as the town centre.
Close to Old Sessions and towards the back of the main campus, Spring Lane has some great accommodation options for Canterbury Christ Church students. It’s a pretty peaceful area with no traffic noise. Bonus: there’s lots of off-road parking around here and so keeping and running a car has never been more affordable.
If trekking up hills before your 9am lecture isn’t your thing, this area is for you. Located at the top of St Stephen’s Hill, Hales Place is one of the closest areas to campus, and so incredibly popular with students. Although it’s a bit of a walk away from the local pubs, there’s a regular bus into town and to campus.
A hop, skip and a pretty epic uphill walk to campus, Whitstable Road connects the University of Kent with Canterbury town centre. As its name suggests, if you keep walking past campus, you’ll eventually end up by the seaside at Whitstable. There are lots of lovely, safe cul-de-sacs along the road which are a big hit with students.
St Dunstan’s, Westgate
Located in the west of Canterbury, St Dunstan’s has a safe villagey feel to it. It’s incredibly close to two of the city’s universities (Canterbury Christ Church and Kent) and is home to one of Canterbury’s railway stations, offering high-speed trains to London.