Although a small university-city, Canterbury is one of the most attractive places in Great Britain for international and exchange students. In Canterbury, UK, you will find numerous Bachelor’s, Masters’ and PhD studies in a wide array of disciplines, taught at the highest academic levels. You will also have the possibility to enjoy weekly social activities with your peers and the cheerful nightlife of Canterbury. Canterbury is the historic English cathedral city in Kent (South East England), and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It lies on the River Stour and has a population of over 55,000 inhabitants.
Canterbury is one of the wealthiest towns in the South East England. Given the annual number of foreign visitors and students, the city's economy relies heavily upon the leisure, tourism and hospitality sectors. Students can find a good number of part-time jobs within businesses and economic projects such as the Whitefriars Shopping Centre, Lakesview International Business, Parker Steel, East Kent Road Car Company or the Canterbury Enterprise Hub (offers incubation for start-up businesses). Just, an hour and a half drive to London, Canterbury also offers the opportunity to work or visit the city of London.
Canterbury is a city that breathes history. The city has stunning architecture and world famous buildings, as well as beautiful coastlines and countryside areas to explore. Canterbury’s first city walls were built by the Romans, probably between 270 and 280 AD.
Your city tour should cover some important landmarks, like: Canterbury Castle, the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey and the oldest extant school in the world, The King's School. Modern additions include the Canterbury Heritage Museum, the Marlowe Theatre, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, and the St Lawrence Ground (home of the Kent County Cricket Club). You can take the city tour by walking, cycling or punting.
Canterbury is a pedestrian- and bike-friendly place. The city’s narrow streets are full of cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants with a good selection for dining out. Canterbury has a fair range of high street shops, particularly along the King's Mile, St Dunstan's, West Gate and Northgate areas. The Dane John Gardens is a green treasure throve for relaxation and picnics, and the main venue for concerts during summer and early autumn.
Some of the clubs and bars preferred by students include Club Chemistry, the Cherry Tree, the Old Buttermarket or the Penny Theatre. There are many student societies and clubs to get involved in, as well as endless house parties.
People from all over the world come to study and learn English in Canterbury, or visit the city’s rich heritage. Canterbury is a popular tourist destination and consistently ranked as one of the most-visited cities in the United Kingdom. Language statistics also indicate that the city has a culturally diverse population, with the largest communities being: Arabs, Greeks, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indians, Italians, Koreans and Indonesians.
The climate in Canterbury is mild, with many days suitable for outdoors activities. The warm season lasts from June to September, with an average temperature above 19°C. Weather can be unstable particularly in the winter and springs months. The coldest month is February, with an average low of 2°C.
The University of Kent offers academic excellence and a superb student experience. Our students consistently rank us as offering one of the best student experiences in the UK. In the Research Excellence Framework, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities.