It is well-known for being the setting of the Canterbury Tales, 24 iconic stories written between 1387 and 1400 in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer. The English historic cathedral city earned a UNESCO World Heritage Site status back in 1988. It is located in the heart of the City of Canterbury, which is a government district of Kent, England, lying on the River Stour. While the picturesque city has somewhat changeable weather, especially during winter and spring, Kent is referred to as the Garden of England thanks to its favourable weather compared to the rest of the UK with slight rainfall throughout the entire year. Canterbury’s weather is better than most cities in the UK.
There are over 30,000 students within the population of Canterbury, studying at the city’s four main universities: the University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University, Girne American University Canterbury, and the University for the Creative Arts.
The University of Kent Canterbury’s main campus covers 300 acres, and it is just two miles away from the city centre. The university has a great students union called Kent Union. Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) has four faculties: Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, and Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences.
Girne American University Canterbury is an independent university that offers American-style higher education. The university has sister branches in the US, Cyprus, Singapore, and Turkey. The university is known for its excellent English courses. The University for the Creative Arts UCA is the second largest provider of creative arts education in the UK. It provides local and international students with further education, undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral architecture, art, design, fashion, media and performing arts subjects courses.
Canterbury, UK, is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Kent and living in the city will definitely have its perks. Canterbury’s shopping is a highlight for sure, but the nightlife is quite unique as well for you. There are beautiful gardens surrounding the River Stour to study and socialize in. The Canterbury Historic River Tours are very enjoyable as well. The main attractions include Westgate Towers, Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury Roman Museum, the ruins of St Augustine's Abbey, and Marlowe Theatre. These attractions can be great weekend destinations for you if you're interested in arts and history. They should be on every student’s list of Canterbury things to do.
To get the most out of the weekend, you can travel by High-Speed trains from Canterbury to London St Pancras International in 56 minutes. Across the city itself, Canterbury has two railway stations: Canterbury West and Canterbury East. Stagecoach in East Kent bus company runs local routes in the city as well as providing long-distance services. The company runs 'Unibus' services from the city centre to the University of Kent, which makes it easier for you to travel to the university from the heart of the city centre.