The southeastern cathedral city of Canterbury is home to four different universities, with immense student appeal. The small medieval city boasts close links to London to satisfy West End cravings, whilst accommodating the relaxation checklist of beautiful beachfronts and countryside landscapes, for students looking for a necessary weekend rest bite.
Canterbury is perhaps most renowned for its Cathedral, one of the most famous places of worship in the world. It is closely linked to a certain text sure to be familiar with literary connoisseurs, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. The text explores the journey of pilgrims from London to Canterbury in the late fourteenth century, travelling to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket, the tomb of whom can still be found within the Cathedral. The town retains its religious and medieval roots, along with archaic and picturesque surroundings to explore in between studies and seminars.
The Canterbury name is synonymous with a number of other entities, which tempt students to its doorstep each September, from literature to movie stars (in animal form). Pop to the Canterbury Heritage Museum for a face to face with the infamous pink and white striped cat Bagpuss and his friends, where the original film props are housed. Then make acquaintances with Rupert the Bear, created by Canterbury’s own Mary Tourtel. The Clangers, Noggin the Nog and Ivor the Engine are a few more nostalgic pals you could reunite with upon a quick trip to this much loved museum – a surprisingly fun way to unwind from a week of hard-core study.
For after-dark antics, student life is saturated by pub offerings (with one for each day of the year!). These pubs have got it all, from fizz to flavour, and with a music palette to satisfy clubbers, rockers and the charts-hungry. The Cherry Tree boasts a great student atmosphere, whilst Chill Nightclub is open at least four nights a week to unleash some study steam. If clubbing is more your jam, joining uni Clubbing societies can often mean regular trips to London to explore a rowdier scene, whilst the calm nature of Canterbury is something that proves appealing both night and day.
The city is ideal for cycling, with enough paths to accommodate rushed bike-rides to lectures, as traffic is encouraged to stay out of the city centre. With cafes and bars to accommodate eating habits through the day and night, Canterbury has it all for student living: culture, history, bars and shops – check!