by Ed Firmin
Posted on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 at 10:58
Canterbury is a magical place to visit – and an even more magical place to live. After all, this is the site of the Archbishop, the site of the murder of St. Thomas Becket, the setting of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and the illustrious birthplace of great writers, including Christopher Marlowe. Canterbury boasts a stunning medieval town centre topped off with the UNESCO World Heritage listed Canterbury Cathedral, and while it attracts millions of tourists every year, it also draws over 30,000 students.
The area is home to four universities – The University of Kent, Canterbury Christchurch University, the University College for the Creative Arts and The Girne American University. If you have been accepted to one of these illustrious institutions, you are certain to soon relish the city’s bars, restaurants, cafes and myriad other student haunts.
The cobbled lanes of Canterbury and the banks of the River Stour are home to loads of great coffee houses, independent tea rooms and lush gardens – all perfect places to pull out a book and start reading. Need power points for your laptop? In addition to the main coffee chains, The Water Lane Coffeehouse is well known for its relaxed atmosphere, free wifi and great food.
Alright, you might tell mum and dad that you plan to be a perfect angel, but after those assignments have be completed you are probably going to want to get out at night and go a little crazy – that is all part of the Uni experience! While Canterbury is only one hour from the world class nightlife of London, you won’t need to make this trip too often because the local hangs are legendary.
Club Chemistry and Steinbeck & Shaw are both open four nights a week (or more), and The Venue at the University of Kent is also a blast. Canterbury is also home to countless world class pubs, many serving up great food and hosting fun quiz nights.
Each of these universities will be associated with residential housing, though remember: student housing is often a lot more expensive than that on the open market, and does not always offer the best value for your money. Instead, you can often find much better deals by working with a well respected letting agent in Canterbury and sharing accommodation with friends.
The Canterbury area is bursting with great places to live – connecting with a trusted landlord or letting agent is your best bet if you want to land a great place at a competitive market rate. The team at Red Let is ready to help students find the best housing in Canterbury – call or email us today and let’s get started!