Why move to Northgate, Canterbury?
Ahhhh… Northgate. Arguably Canterbury’s most popular “gate” for students due to its proximity to town, the Canterbury Christ Church campus, and the University of Creative Arts (UCA). Northgate is packed full of lovely independent shops, cafes, and restaurants, but that’s not all these cobbled streets have going for them.
From how long it’ll take to reach campus to the best things to do nearby, this guide to Northgate in Canterbury has everything you need to know.
How close to campus is Northgate in Canterbury?
Starting at Palace Street and ending at the beginning of Sturry Road, Northgate is closer to the Canterbury Christ Church campus, which is roughly a ten-minute walk away. The University of Creative Arts (UCA) is a little further but totally doable on foot in around 15-20 minutes.
For the University of Kent, your best bet would be to mosey along the River Stour until you reach St Dunstan’s where you can get a bus, or tackle the trek up the hill yourself (top tip: it’s slightly less steep if you cut through Beverly Meadow around the back of Canterbury West station).
Palace street – dubbed The King’s Mile by locals – is full of independent shops, pubs, and eateries to suit all tastes and budgets.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a soulless chain in the area – in fact, there are arguably more independent businesses in Northgate than anywhere else in the city. As well as some pretty good charity shops – including a second-hand bookshop housed in the quirky Crooked House – there’s a Romanian supermarket, games shop, running outlet, delicatessen, chocolate shop (which sells the BEST chocolate-dipped strawberries in the Spring) and so much more. Oh, and there’s a Sainsburys too.
With Lanfranc – one of Canterbury’s largest halls of residence – based in Northgate, it’s no wonder that many of the pubs are geared towards students. From The Penny Theatre – a former music venue which hosted the likes of Radiohead – to The Bell and Crown, one of Canterbury’s most beloved “proper” pubs (with proper beer to boot).
Along the way, you’ll find The Parrot and The Dolphin, each boasting great beer, great burger n’ chips, and a thriving pub garden – all the hallmarks of a good pub.
With so many pubs, restaurants, and shops, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Northgate hadn’t much to offer in the way of green space. In fact, with the River Stour meandering through it, Northgate has more than its share of leafy reading spots.
Abbots Mill Garden, behind the Marlowe Theatre, is one such haven. Small, yet perfectly formed, it’s a welcome respite from the hubbub of the city surrounding it. For a more substantial green space to kick a ball around, head over to Kingsmead playing field.
Where to eat?
For a curry, you’ll find none better than what’s on offer at Kashmir Tandoori – a Canterbury institution since the 1960s. Likewise, don’t miss Super Noodles, a yellow-fronted student mecca that’s been serving up seriously big (and seriously cheap) plates of Chinese food for over 20 years.
Northgate has its fair share of fancy places to take the parents on graduation day too including independent Italian Posillipo, Texas BBQ favourite The Korean Cowgirl, and Mister Miyagi, your first and only port-of-call for great sushi.
What do the locals say?
“For me, Northgate has everything. Great pubs, a big supermarket, and it’s close to campus. Plus the cathedral is right there so you’re always guaranteed a nice view on your way to town or university.” Josie, 19.
“I love the close-knit community in Northgate. Everyone’s friendly and welcoming from the guys at the newsagent to the staff at the local pubs. I wouldn’t live anywhere else.” Tom, 22
For more advice on finding student flats and houses in Northgate, get in touch with Student Places today.