University for the creative arts canterbury united kingdom

University for the creative arts canterbury united kingdom

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About UCA Canterbury

Canterbury exudes student appeal with its distinctive mix of ancient charm and contemporary culture.

Our Canterbury campus is a short walk from the city centre and has a range of purpose-built studios, workshops and lecture theatres. The campus offers courses in Architecture, Fine Art, Illustration and Animation, and Graphic Design. It’s also home to a vibrant Further Education department that runs the popular Foundation Diploma, Extended Diploma and Access to Higher Education Diploma.

With on-campus accommodation, a café, a newly-refurbished bar and a range of art facilities including a specialist library, an art shop and the Herbert Read Gallery, the campus is a relaxed and creative environment to study in.

University for the creative arts canterbury united kingdom

Getting around

Canterbury is pedestrian-friendly and is ideal for cycling, with plenty of pathways. The city’s two mainline stations can transport you to London via high-speed rail in as little as an hour. Seaside destinations, such as Whitstable, Herne Bay and Margate are only a short bus or train ride away. And, to hop to the continent, the Channel Tunnel connects nearby Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes.

Eating and drinking

Whether you want cheaper eating options or a restaurant for a special occasion, Canterbury offers plenty of choices. Quirky cafes, traditional oak-beamed pubs, on-trend restaurants and the Shake Shed (a student institution) – you’ll soon discover your favourites. Take a look at TripAdvisor for some great reviews and useful info on sample prices and opening times for some of the more popular haunts.


Dancing, DJs, comedy, cocktails, live bands and more – Canterbury has an eclectic mix of laid-back pubs, lively clubs and trendy bars offering nights out to appeal to all tastes. You’ll also be within easy reach of London, as well as the towns of Ashford, Maidstone and Rochester, if you fancy nipping further afield.


If you’re in need of some retail therapy, Canterbury’s Whitefriars shopping centre brings you the best in fashion and lifestyle brands, while the King’s Mile, Westgate and St Dunstan’s are just a stone’s throw away and offer a range of specialist and individual outlets.

If you’d rather browse more unusual and retro products, head for the independent craft and gift shops, boutiques and galleries in Herne Bay and Whitstable.

University for the creative arts canterbury united kingdom

Leisure and the arts

Canterbury’s two theatres (the contemporary Marlowe, and the Gulbenkian on the University of Kent campus) offer a wide programme, including opera, musicals, theatre, dance, music, pantomime and stand-up comedy. Head to the cathedral or churches for classical music recitals or to the Odeon cinema to watch the latest box office hits.

The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge offers an array of unusual collections, and for something a little off-beat, there are the Bagpuss and Rupert Bear displays at the Canterbury Heritage Museum!

The Canterbury Festival, held in October, is a major international arts festival that expands the range of performing arts.

Sport and recreation

Adventure sports, dance and fitness, swimming, cycling, walks in the country – there are so many ways to get active in the Canterbury area.

For a breath of fresh air, why not take a stroll in one of the city’s tranquil gardens. Or, for a more hearty walk, head along the Crab and Winkle Way to Whitstable.

Search the Active Canterbury directory to discover the leisure centres, clubs, activities and walking and cycle routes available to you.

UCA Canterbury
New Dover Road

Tel: +44 (0)1227 817 302