Why move to… Wincheap, Canterbury
Why move to… Wincheap, Canterbury
The suburb of Wincheap lies south west of Canterbury’s city centre. Either from the Saxon Wenchiape or Old English Waegnceap, the area ambiguously takes its name from the stretch of A28 that connects Canterbury and Ashford. Wincheap has long been popular with students because of its affordable student housing, proximity to one of the train stations and nearby city-centre.
Here are some other things you’ll want to consider when moving to Wincheap.
Distance to campus
Wincheap is roughly a 25-minute walk to Canterbury Christ Church University, although Augustine House and its state-of-the-art library is right in the middle, roughly 5-15 minutes on foot.
The University of Kent is further away. It’s around 10 minutes by car in good traffic, then around half an hour by bus. It’s roughly a 15-minute bike ride but note that the campus sits at the top of a hill, which is great for your glutes.
Getting from Wincheap to Canterbury Christ Church University by bus usually takes around 20 minutes. There isn’t much difference between walking but if the weather is bad, a bus is always a good option.
For the University of Kent, the dedicated university buses take around 30 minutes. It does however involve a walk to the nearby bus station but after that you can just hop on.
Investing in a Unirider annual bus pass allows unlimited travel on any Kent and East Sussex Stagecoach bus, throughout the academic year.
Transport to London
Should you need to get to London for an interview or a gig, or it’s the easiest way to get home at the end of a semester, Canterbury has two stations that have train services to London.
Nearby Canterbury East runs along the Victoria Line, whereas Canterbury West offers the High Speed Line and goes to St Pancras via Ashford, Ebbsfleet and Stratford. Canterbury West also offers the slightly slower and cheaper service to Charing Cross.
If there’s one thing to be said about Wincheap it’s that you’re pretty well catered for when it comes to amenities. The main road has independent shops, newsagents, a few chip shops, an off licence, charity shops and a couple of cafes and a petrol station. Supermarkets Morrisons and Aldi bookend Wincheap and the industrial estate also has a Boots, B&M and Argos. There’s also a handy park and ride to help reduce traffic in the city, which hosts a huge boot fair in the summer when the car park is closed on Sundays.
Canterbury isn’t short of a pub or bar. Wincheap has a few pubs in the area, but most students will venture into the city-centre itself. Your nearest nightclub is Club Chemistry which is opposite Canterbury East station with student nights on Wednesdays. Escape Kent, Canterbury’s biggest escape room is also based in Wincheap near the Maiden’s Head pub.
Where to eat
In the immediate Wincheap vicinity you’ve got Happy Xpress Chinese and Ghurka Dine restaurants, not one but two chip shops, a couple of pubs and a greasy spoon by way of Cafe Solo which serves a cheap killer breakfast.
The Dane John is to Canterbury what Central Park is to the Big Apple. Whether you’re enjoying a picnic, going for a jog or attending one of the park’s many year-round events, the Dane John is as functional as it is pretty.
Average student prices
Students can expect to pay around £500 pcm for a house share in Wincheap.
Case for Wincheap
Convenience is the best thing about Wincheap. It’s got most things on its doorstep and is within easy reach of things that aren’t.
Traffic during rush hour is painful. If you’re driving from the roundabout that connects the M2, there’s no other way than driving through Canterbury to get to Wincheap. Leaving isn’t an issue as there’s a junction that connects directly to the A2.
What do the locals say?
“It’s one of the best places to live if you have a car because you don’t need a permit to park.”
– Theo, Martyr’s Field Road
“I’m training to be a teacher and rely on the train to get to my placement. Canterbury East is close enough for me to walk.”
– Preeya, Oxford Road
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