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I stayed in the Self-Catered houses (Parkwood) the University have built. It is a small village of students, and only students, living in 5/6 bedroom houses, not flats like most universities. There was a great bar, well stocked shop, laundry room and cleaners that would come round regularly. It's very easy to meet new people here. Once you have made these friends, they are only a few minutes walk away depending on where in the village they live. Then just a 10 minute walk through a woods, to get to the main campus. I enjoyed living there so much, I went back to stay there in my final year.
There are plenty of bars with lots of different themes on campus, all never more than a 20 minute walk away. The Student Union is open and quite busy most nights, with plenty of special events, but don't expect anyone too famous to turn up. The special formal dress events, like the freshers ball and Leavers ball, the Union really do go all out. Tickets are expensive, but worth every penny.
IT facilities are everywhere, and there is almost always a computer available somewhere in the library to use, otherwise plenty of work areas with wireless internet. The library has all the books you will need for your course, however they don't keep very many of each, so you may find you will have to buy that important course text, because all the other students have got it out on loan and the rest have it reserved until the following year.
Canterbury is not a cheap place to live, and unless you are ok with living in some bad areas in your second year, the rent will be higher than living on campus. However, it's a great little city, with plenty of shops, bars and places to go. It only has two major nightclubs, but more bars than you'll get a chance to visit. It also has some great connections to London and Europe for cheap weekend breaks.
It is not one of the most recognised in terms of qualifications, though far from any of the worst, and you will leave with some major debt, but there are a lot of really good lecturers that are willing to help you with the course they are teaching, and even topics that they aren't. Beyond that, there is plenty to keep you busy in the evenings.
I spent 4 years at this University and would definitely go back for another 4.
Written by Kentdude on 9th Jan 2009