Canterbury Student Guide – Where can I study?


Where can I study?

The University of Kent's library at night.

Canterbury is home to three universities: University of Kent, Canterbury Christ Church University and University for the Creative Arts. University of Kent is the largest university and provides places of study to over 19,000 students every year. The university is a public research university and also has sites in Medway and Tonbridge. The main university campus is situated in Canterbury, within 300 acres of parkland. Facilities at the University of Kent (Canterbury Campus) include the Gulbenkian arts complex – the complex features a 340-seat theatre, a bar and a cinema, which is open to the public and showcases independent cinema. In 2003, a £1.5 million sports facility was completed at the campus and facilities now include tennis and squash courts, hockey and football pitches, a cardio theatre and a dance studio. Other facilities on the campus include a bar, restaurants and a nightclub.

Canterbury Christ Church University is home to a student population of over 17,000, making it the second largest university in the city. The university focuses on the education of people going into public service. Teaching and research work at the university is grouped within four faculties: Arts and Humanities, Education, Health and Social Care, and Social and Applied Science. Canterbury Christ Church University has five campuses across Kent, located in Canterbury, Medway, Broadstairs, Tunbridge Wells, and Folkestone. In 2012, The Complete University Guide placed Canterbury Christ Church University as 100th in the national league tables.

The University for the Creative Arts is split across 5 sites: Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester. The Canterbury site is home to a small student population of around 1,000. The University for the Creative Arts was placed 79th in The Complete University Guide’s national university league tables.

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