16th August 2018

So it's that time of year, A-level results are coming through thick and fast and you may be starting to think about clearing and which university you want to go to. Don't panic, clearing doesn’t have to mean going somewhere because you have to, it's the perfect chance to explore somewhere new and exciting! 

With so much to see and do in Kent, we are here with all of our top tips on what makes The Garden of England a great place to live and study. In need of a bit of inspiration? Read on...

Study in a historic city

Uncover a city bursting with history and discover why the beautiful ancient city of Canterbury is one of the brightest jewels in Kent’s crown. The historic hotspot is less than an hour from London by train, with gorgeous medieval streets. At the heart of the walled city is the iconic Canterbury Cathedral, which remains a popular pilgrimage site and is a calm oasis in the bohemian city – perfect for artists attending The University of Creative Arts looking to be inspired. Canterbury Christ Church University is one of only a handful of universities with a campus in a World Heritage Site, whilst the University of Kent with its rolling green campus overlooks the stunning city and has regular bus links to and from the city centre. You’ll never be far from the action...

Make Medway your home this year

With locations across Kent, Medway is a great place to call home. And, with its Historic Dockyard Chatham and Rochester Castle you'll be spoilt for choice of things to see and do. The Medway Campus of Canterbury Christ Church University, along with the University of Kent and The University of Greenwich, is part of Universities at Medway, situated on the Chatham Maritime site in the heart of the Medway towns and within easy access of London - just 45 minutes away by train! Find your place in Medway...

(C) Matthew Slade

Let literature come to life...

Studying English literature? See the iconic Canterbury Tales brought to life or explore the literary heritage of the Medway towns where Dickens lived most of his life. Dotted across Chatham and Rochester you will find the places of inspiration still sitting amongst its characterful streets. Track down the Dickens literary links on an expert-led tour or a self-guided trail and see for yourself the Six Poor Travellers House and Miss Haversham’s Restoration House. Austen, Dickens, Chaucer and even Shakespeare - they've all created masterpieces in the splendid Garden of England. Find your inspiration here…

Chill out in Chatham and rock out in Rochester

If you wind up studying in Medway, be sure to check out Dockside Outlet Centre for a great restaurant scene with tons of shops and a multi-screen cinema complex that are all just a hop, skip and jump from campus. Or why not gather up your housemates (and fellow gin aficionados) and take a tasting tour of the Copper Rivet Distillery to celebrate the start of term? With regular music festivals throughout the year and seasonal food and drink celebrations in nearby Rochester, even high speed links to London won't tempt you away when the end of term rolls around. You will never tire of things to do in the Medway towns... 

(c) The Running Photographer

City sounds, stunning scenery and social life

Canterbury is a great place to socialise and when it comes to restaurants in the city there's an abundance to choose from. Sample The Goods Shed - an artisan farmers' market featuring seasonal, local food, all produced in Kent. Meander through the winding, cobbled streets where you will find scores of great restaurants and live entertainment from The Marlowe Theatre and the occasional popup restaurant, alongside an array of great Shepherd Neame pubs, bars and even Britain's Oldest Brewery close-by in Faversham. Just remember to keep some of your student loan back for the end of term celebrations! Make friends and memories that will last a lifetime...

The beach is closer than you think

With Canterbury just 10 minutes from some of Kent’s stunning beaches (trust us, you'll be glad of a beach on your doorstep come summer time) you can choose from miles of peaceful bays and hidden coves, perfect for some al fresco revision! And with sandy beaches, summer festivals and outdoor stages at Dreamland Margate (Kent's favourite retro theme park), why not hire a bike via Click2Cycle and follow the coast, taking in Turner Contemporary and the vibrant seaside towns of Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate for the ultimate post-exam escape? Oh we do like to be beside the seaside...

(C) Ben Selway

Student shopping and designer discounts

When it comes to shopping, it's fair to say Kent has it covered, so you'll have no trouble tracking down that perfect Freshers' Ball outfit. Shop til you drop in Bluewater's 330 stores, track down the best in high street shopping at Whitefriars Shopping Centre, discover up to 30% off on a  special student shopping night at Ashford Designer Outlet and stay out late at Westwood Cross Shopping Centre with it's 10-screen cinema and casino. Go on, consider it a reward for making it to that 9am seminar! Check out where to find all your first term essentials...  

Have we convinced you yet? To find out how you can study in the Garden of England this September and call Kent your new home check out our Universities:

Canterbury Christ Church University Official clearing page website and phone number:


Tel: 01227 926000

University of Kent Official clearing page website and phone number:


Tel: 01227 768896

University of the Creative Arts Official clearing page website and phone number:


Tel: 0800 068 0088

University of Greenwich Official clearing page website and phone number:


Tel: 0208 331 9000