Stafford House Canterbury
Student accommodation in Canterbury
Earn your student stripes in this historic, beautiful garden city where leafy campus universities surround an ancient city centre.
Booking student accommodation Canterbury with Student.com will allow you to enjoy living in one of England’s smallest but most eminent cities.
We list several different options for student housing, offering private accommodation in flats, en suite rooms and luxurious studios.
Give us a call to learn more about the university accommodation we offer in Canterbury. You can always also send us a quick message on Live Chat. Our booking consultants are happy to answer any questions and help you find your ideal student home.
Get to know Canterbury
Canterbury is a historic town in the administrative county of Kent, South East England.
It is the birthplace of Christopher Marlowe, the murder site of medieval archbishop Thomas Becket, home to the Archbishop of Canterbury (the principal leader of the Church of England) and has a historic cathedral that has been a primary symbol of ecclesiastical England since the early 7th century.
It is also the setting for Chaucer’s classic collection of short stories, the Canterbury Tales. Canterbury’s picturesque, cobbled streets, medieval buildings and beautiful surroundings were a major inspiration for ‘The Canterbury Tales’ and also some of Charles Dickens’s best literature.
A town full of history
That medieval settlement feel, bars, restaurants, attractions and a truly exquisite graduation site (the cathedral) are just a few reasons for Canterbury’s popularity as a tourist destination and a student haven.
And it is easy to see why.
Enclosed by an ancient Roman wall, Canterbury’s mix of rich history, ancient buildings, plenty of independent coffee houses and tea rooms, and a lively nightlife, makes it a fascinating place to live and study.
With a compact centre of half-timbered buildings, a cobbled high street, a castle and one of the UK’s most famous cathedrals, the city is full of spectacular landmarks to explore.
You can sate your cultural appetite with a visit to the incredible cathedral, or check out the spectacular historical sites of St Augustine’s Abbey and St Martin’s Church, which together with the cathedral form the city’s UNESCO World Heritage site. Then head to see the ruins of the huge 11th-Century Norman castle and stroll along the ancient Roman city wall.
Get a taste of Canterbury’s rich literary past with the award-winning Canterbury Tales attraction, where the sights, sounds and smells of Chaucer’s medieval England are recreated.
Out in nature
If you appreciate nature and the outdoors, the surrounding countryside offers plenty of opportunities to explore some of Britain’s natural beauty.
The beautiful gardens surrounding the River Stour are great places to relax or study. Howletts Wild Animal Park offers 90 acres of beautiful parkland where you can see exotic and endangered species.
There are several parks and gardens such as Dane John Gardens, Westgate Gardens, Kingsmead Playing Field and Solly’s Orchard to enjoy during a break away from studies.
The river tours on the River Stour are something to tick off your Canterbury student experience list as well. They are one of the biggest tourist attractions in Canterbury and it’s a great way to experience the beautiful city’s surroundings and history.
Although nowhere is too far in Canterbury’s city centre to cycle to, shuttle buses make it a piece of cake to get around town. When you want to explore further, a high-speed train can take you to London in under an hour.
Student life in Canterbury
You might wonder how a small historic town can cater for students, but you’ll be surprised how well-equipped Canterbury is for a great student experience.
Despite its small size, Canterbury is one of the most attractive student cities in the UK for domestic and international students alike.
Around 31,000 of Canterbury’s 55,000 total population are students. This means Canterbury has the highest student/permanent resident ratio in the UK, so you will never have to search far for a great night out.
Canterbury’s cheerful nightlife is littered with clubs, bars and events for a variety of occasions. Due to Canterbury’s ‘old city’ aura, there are quirky pubs all over the city. But there are also several modern hip spots such as the very popular Club Chemistry which has three floors playing music from dance to RnB and hip hop.
For themed nights check out Tokyo Tea Rooms where you can choose from Glitterbomb to LGBT+ nights with drag and dancers or go for the rock/emo night called FaceDown which is organised once a month.
For a more sociable setting, there are plenty of pubs and bars to choose from. Very popular amongst students is The Penny Theatre, a friendly venue offering delicious food, great drinks, exciting quiz nights and all-around unforgettable fun experiences at good prices.
Students also like to flock to The Ballroom or Alberrys, a special bar with live music and comedy that often hosts events for university societies.
The Cherry Tree has its own secret recipe cocktail, and Lady Luck, Canterbury’s rock-and-roll bar, is known as one of the best pubs for alternative music.
If you don’t feel like venturing into the city centre, the University of Kent offers a range of restaurants and cafes on campus while Canterbury Christ Church University’s The Lounge is a new hot-spot for students.
Canterbury’s calendar of annual festivals from Pride in June to the Canterbury Festival in October-November is a great opportunity for students to have fun but also connect with the city and surrounding communities.
What makes shopping at the many high street brand stores even more enticing for a student are the discounts.
Every year the annual Student Lock-In Night allows students to purchase products at a significantly discounted price in the city centre. For the event, which usually takes place between October and November, some shops in the high street stay open until 9 pm offering discounts of up to half off. The event is free to attend and usually has live entertainment. Just bring your student ID and your friends.
There are other freebies and discounts available in Canterbury as well.
Touring the cathedral and The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge are not only a great way to spend your free time in between your studies, they are also free for students. If you feel like catching a film, the Odeon and Curzon cinemas both offer student discounts.
Where to study in Canterbury?
Canterbury hosts over 30,000 students across four universities:
- University of Kent
- Canterbury Christchurch University
- University for the Creative Arts
- Girne American University
The University of Kent
The University of Kent has a student body of about 19,000 students from over 157 nationalities. Outward looking and forward-thinking, it is one of the leading universities in the United Kingdom. It offers great teaching and world-leading research in a diverse, inclusive, and supportive environment leading to a superb student experience.
It ranked 383rd in the 2022 QS World University Rankings and placed in the top 20 in the UK for research output and research intensity by Times Higher Education (THE).
The UK offers a wide range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as industry opportunities. Its outstanding teaching standards from academic staff who are leaders in their fields earned it a gold rating, the highest rating in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
Canterbury Christ Church University
A modern university with an international profile, CCCU attracts students from all over the globe.
It’s one of the largest providers of educational training in South East England. CCCU has plenty of courses on offer in the arts and humanities, applied and social sciences, business and health. It is also among the best in England for teacher training.
The university is equipped with excellent student facilities including Augustine House in Canterbury, a multi-million-pound library and learning centre.
A combination of a great student experience along with its academic offering has led to an over 80 percent student satisfaction rate (2011 National Student Survey) for the university.
University for the Creative Arts
UCA has a long history of nurturing unique communities of creative people including artists, designers, architects, writers, animators, filmmakers, illustrators, photographers, actors and even creative business leaders.
UCA was named ‘Modern University of the Year’ by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and was the highest-ranked Specialist Arts Institution in the UK in 2019.
The university has approximately 6,000 students studying more than 120 courses across campuses in Canterbury, Rochester, Epsom and Farnham. Each location offers its own uniquely inspiring surroundings and offers cutting-edge equipment, a wealth of resources, and inspiring environments that prepare students for a successful career in the creative industries.
Frequently asked questions about student housing in Canterbury
How do I apply for student lets in Canterbury on Student.com?
Applying for student flats in Canterbury on Student.com is simple and straight-forward. You can use our intuitive search and mapping filters to find and locate the ideal student home for you.
After selecting your preferred student accommodation, click ‘View rooms’ go to the property page. There you’ll need to select the room type you prefer and the dates when you’ll be living in the flat. Then click ‘Enquire’ or ‘Book Now.’ One of our booking consultants will then reach out to you to discuss the next steps and answer any questions you may have.
What are the different room types you offer in the flats you list?
We currently offer two different room types in Canterbury:
Private Rooms - the bedrooms in this room type are private and only for you. Usually, the bathroom is private as well, but Parham Student Village and Palamon Court also offer private rooms with shared bathrooms that are a little bit cheaper than the corresponding room with a private bathroom.
In a Private Room, other living areas such as kitchens are shared with other tenants from other rooms.
Entire Place - in this room type you’ll get a self-contained studio apartment with a private bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. No need to share anything with anyone!
Is it safe to rent private student accommodation in Canterbury?
All the properties listed on Student.com are from trusted landlords. We vet all property owners/managers to ensure that we only list accommodation from trusted landlords.
Can I get a viewing before moving in?
Yes, this can be arranged if you want.
The properties we list have a large number of photos to give you an idea of what your new student home will look like, and Parham Student Village even offers a virtual tour. If you’d still prefer to see the place for yourself before booking though, just contact us and our booking consultants can arrange it for you.
Do I have to pay a deposit to secure my booking?
Yes, our landlords in the United Kingdom typically require you to pay a deposit in order to secure the booking. Your booking consultant can give you more information about the deposit payment when you are ready to book. The deposit is paid directly to the landlord and you don’t have to pay anything to Student.com.