by Ed Firmin
Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2016 at 16:31
If you’re new to the area, or simply looking for a new student pad to rent next year, then now is the time to start looking. We’ve hand-picked some interesting and perhaps lesser known facts about each of the suburbs of Canterbury to help make your decision a little easier.
Hales Place – just a stone’s throw from the University of Kent – is eponymous with a former stately home built in the mid 1700s, which was converted into a college in 1880 but then tragically demolished in the 1930s. The view from the road now known as the The Terrace, which was the former site of the house’s original terrace, was said to command “a most beautiful view of the metropolitan city of Kent” and indeed the views around the parkland are just as stunning today. The Belvedere Chapel – officially the smallest in the world – and the burial ground still remain and can be found next to the Tenterden Drive layby.
If you prefer to be away from the hustle and bustle of the City Centre, you may like the suburb of Harbledown, which lies on the northwest side of Canterbury and is equidistant from the city’s two universities (about half an hour walk to each). The village boasts a pretty high street lined with Georgian architecture and a rolling backdrop of fields and orchards.
Wincheap is situated on the southwest side of the city and is a 20-minute walk from Canterbury Christ Church University. Wincheap forms part of the main A28 which leads into the city, and is only a couple of minutes away from Canterbury East Railway Station (to the northeast) and a supermarket / retail park (to the southwest).
St Stephens is a beautiful area of Canterbury which is steeped in history. For those students studying history, archeology, or a similar subject, this is a fascinating place to live. Its original name was Hackington meaning ‘amongst the thorns’. There are many historic landmarks in St Stephens including Glebe House (the former rectory), the stunning almshouses overlooking the green, Ye Olde Beverlie (the local pub which was formerly the home of the church warden), and of course the 12th century church which gives the area its current name. The Residents’ Association of St Stephens openly welcomes students to be part of its lively community, and even has its own Facebook page to keep residents up to date on local news and events.
With a beautiful, vibrant cathedral city on your doorstep, what’s not to love? Choosing a property here will mean you’re only seconds away from the buzz of the shops – from all your favourite high-street chains to some more quirky outlets along the King’s Mile – as well as the theatre, museums, or punts along the River Stour.
For more inspiration or to find out which properties are available to rent in Canterbury, call us on 01227 808534 or visit our property section at www.redlet.co.uk.