With the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, plenty of beaches, shopping hotspots, city sights and easy train links to London, we're giving you the inside scoop on what makes Kent a great place to live and study.
Welcome to Kent!
With our beaches, history, city sights, culture and shopping hotspots, it goes without saying that our little corner of England is a great place to live. Thinking about studying here? Allow us to show you around and tell you all about some of the best spots in the county. Both Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent have campuses in Canterbury (a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Purple Flag award winner for its night life) and Medway so, there's plenty around to explore.
Forget the beaches and bars, (we'll get to that later) Kent is home to the University of Kent.
The University holds a TEF Gold award for excellent teaching, and carries out internationally-recognised research. It offers a whole host of intriguing courses, from Architecture and History, to Sport Science and Wildlife Conservation. Whether you choose the Canterbury campus, a short walk from the charming city of Canterbury, or the award-winning Medway campus with its exceptional facilities, choose to study in Kent and you'll be in for a fantastic few years.
With expanding facilities and a vibrant International community, Canterbury Christ Church University is set amidst gorgeous historical sites such as Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine's Abbey. Whether you're into studying Sport, Medieval society or Ecology, Canterbury Christ Church has lots of exciting courses to tempt you. With a TEF Silver award for teaching excellence and a conscious attention to sustainability, studying in Kent is a great choice for any student.
What's more, with fast train links to London, and links to The Port of Dover and Eurotunnel on our doorstep, you can travel home to visit the folks quicker than you can say "laundry day".
So what is it that makes Kent such a great place to live and study? As the experts on Kent, we've rounded up a whole host of reasons to come here, from our favourite locations, to the best places to go to bring your studies to life.
With miles of rolling countryside you'll find lots of spacious, safe and spectacular places to visit in Kent, making it a welcoming place to come and study. When going on adventures across Kent remember to #RespectProtectEnjoy the landscape, check destinations' websites for updated information and stick to national guidelines whilst enjoying the plethora fantastic locations in our county.
With 350 miles of coastline to explore and miles and miles of trails where you can run, walk or cycle, there's not much need for a gym membership here in Kent. So if sport is your thing, you're going to love it here. From surfing to stand up paddle boarding, we've got all the tips on how to lift your studies off the page and into the great outdoors.
Getting active in Kent
Here in Kent we have vineyards, heaps of local produce, our very own pinetum and the National Fruit Collection. Add to that, the fact that we're known as the Garden of England, and we'd say we're a pretty good spot for local produce, a variety of wildlife and glorious countryside. Don't believe us? Take a look at some of the research and areas of special scientific research found right here in Kent.
People and produce
Historical homes, charismatic castles, momentous memorials, Kent's got it all! Whether you want to discover more about the famous faces who resided in the Kentish countryside or uncover the real life stories of war in the South East, there is so much here. So, if you like delving deep into the past, explore beyond the textbook and unearth the historic hidden gems of Kent.
Kent is home to a variety of amazing architectural artworks, from medieval castles and ruins to more modern masterpieces like the Tuner Contemporary or Curious Brewery. Set in the idyllic countryside, we can't think of a better mix than the natural beauty of the gorgeous great-outdoors and Kent's marvellous range of man-made structures. Beautiful buildings
Have we convinced you yet? Well, take a look at our round up of the 10 must-see locations in Kent. From bars out at sea, to The White Cliffs of Dover and one of Europe's best shopping centres (that student loan can stretch pretty far when you want it to), take a peek and start planning your first year.
But you don't have to take our word for it...Visit Canterbury, the home of the Canterbury campuses of the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, have reached out to Canterbury students to find out what they really think of life here in Kent. Hear their stories, get their recommendations and learn from the students who live here.
From free days out, to the best spots to stretch your legs and go for a run, take a look at even more reasons to choose Kent this year.