Why move to St Stephens, Canterbury?

Close to the University of Kent, St Stephen’s is one of Canterbury’s quietest residential areas. And despite being in the ‘burbs, it’s a popular area for students and has great transport links into the city. There are a few pubs in the area and a couple of local shops but what St Stephen’s really has going for it is its peace and tranquility, and a number of affordable student lets. For everything you need to know about St Stephen’s in Canterbury, read on…

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How close to campus is St Stephen’s in Canterbury? 

If trekking up hills before an early morning lecture isn’t your thing, St Stephen’s is the area for you. The district comprises several streets, gardens, avenues, roads and places, including St Stephen’s Hill and Hales Place – an area so densely populated by students that you’ll definitely spend an evening here binging Netflix with your mates at some point in your university career. 

Although it’s a bit of a walk away from Canterbury’s city centre, there’s a regular bus to the high street, and to the University of Kent campus if you’re feeling properly lazy. 


Local amenities

Sainsbury’s is the closest supermarket, roughly a 15-minute walk down St Stephen’s Hill from Hales Place. Before you reach it, there’s a One Stop, a post office, and a Londis, plus a newsagent to stock up on those bare essentials. Near Sainsbury’s, there’s a gym and a swimming pool at the local leisure centre, plus a pharmacy. Walk a little further and you’ll reach Northgate, another great student area of Canterbury. 


Any local pubs?

With the many excellent University of Kent bars, clubs, and cafes *right there*, you’ll probably spend most of your time on campus. But, if you did fancy a night out with the locals, head over to Ye Olde Beverlie, an old-fashioned boozer on the edge of St Stephen’s Green. It has a nice beer garden and a great selection of local beers and – only slightly incongruously – keenly-priced Mexican food. For caffeine-heads, Sainsbury’s has a Starbucks connected to it for your morning double-tall, skinny latte. 


Green spaces

There are plenty of places to commune with nature right on your doorstep in St Stephen’s. Beverley Meadow is a small park that many a UKC student has cut through to get to campus from St Dunstan’s. Kingsmead Park and the areas around St Stephen’s Church also provide respite from the hubbub of city and campus life. 


Fun facts about St Stephen’s in Canterbury

  • There are no other streets named St Stephen’s Hill in the whole of Great Britain, making it one of a kind. 
  • St Stephen’s Hill is approximately 1,053 metres long.
  • There have been numerous sightings of UKC’s legendary albino squirrel around the St Stephen’s area. 


What do the locals say?

“It’s lovely being up on a hill so you can take in the whole view of Canterbury, and it’s so close to the UKC campus. St Stephen’s is sort of like living in Halls of Residence – only cheaper!”  Jonny, 19. 

“For me, there was no other area on my moving shortlist. I’m not a fan of early starts and by living here, I can make my morning seminar in under 10 minutes, door-to-door. ”  Sophie, 21.

For more advice on finding student flats and houses in St Stephen’s, Canterbury, get in touch with Student Places today. 

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