Students tell us that being part of our small and friendly university, helps them to settle in and feel at home quickly. Our campus has great social spaces for students to relax and socialise in, including cafes with affordable and healthy food on offer – all with Fairtrade status.
Our Students’ Union is here to support you and help you get the most out of university life. From help settling in during Freshers’ Week, to the annual extravaganza of the Summer Ball, they arrange plenty of events for you to get involved in.
The Students’ Union is based at the St. George’s Centre which is situated in the city centre.
Having an NUS extra card will help you considerably throughout your time as a student with a whole range of savings.
Students who enjoy shopping, have their needs well met. There are large, modern shopping complexes within easy reach of the main campus. The Whitefriars Shopping Centre is only a stone’s throw away and, along with major stores such as Debenhams and Marks and Spencers there are a number of smaller shops tucked away down the little side streets surrounding the Cathedral. A market is in the city on Wednesdays and Fridays, with a Farmer’s Market once a month.
Arts and culture
If culture is what you are looking for, we have something for everyone. Canterbury is a World Heritage City and is steeped in history. It offers theatres, museums and the university’s own Sidney Cooper Gallery in the city.
The Turner Contemporary Gallery, in nearby Margate, features superb exhibition spaces, education facilities and is one of the largest galleries in the South East.
You may be more interested in the variety of festivals within the city including the Canterbury Festival which CCCU is a partner and principal sponsor. There is also Anifest, a CCCU sponsored animation festival.
Clubs and societies
Getting involved in a club is a great way to meet new friends and get into university life. For a list of all our student clubs – or to learn how to start your own – visit our Students’ Union.
Canterbury is supported by two railway stations. The new high-speed service, operating out of Canterbury West, means that central London is now less than an hour away. Dover is approximately 20 minutes by train (from Canterbury East station), or car to the ferry and Eurotunnel terminals at Folkestone, which offer frequent crossings to France. Pedestrian travellers wishing to take the Eurostar should board the train from Canterbury West to Ashford International, from where the journey to Paris will take approximately two hours.
Canterbury Christ Church’s Facebook page allows you to connect with people at the University or start discussions about any aspect of university life. By joining, you can read about upcoming events, network with other students, learn about real-life university experiences and raise topics for discussion.
We also have our own Facebook page too with news from the occupational therapy team, students and our alumni.
You can also follow the University on Twitter for free instant updates and news, or read the University’s magazine, Inspire.