Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent:
Canterbury Christ Church University, located in Kent in the South East of England, is the largest centre of higher education in Kent for the public services - notably teacher training, policing and health and social care. Originally opened in 1962 as a teacher training college, it has grown from 650 students to 18000, studying programmes across five faculties of Arts & Humanities, Business & Management, Education, Health &Social Care and Social and Applied Sciences. The University has campuses across Kent in Canterbury, Broadstairs, Folkestone, Tunbridge Wells and at Chatham, offering diverse programmes which reflect the unique profiles of each campus.
We are considered to be among the best in the country for initial teacher training (recently rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted), and are actively helping to shape education and healthcare practice, regionally and nationally, through our research and teaching.
Quality Undergraduate & Graduate Education:
Studying at Canterbury Christ Church University means studying in a safe and friendly environment, with a welcoming atmosphere and strong community spirit. Whichever of our five campuses you choose to study at you will discover the same values and warm welcome. We offer hundreds of undergraduate, postgraduate, short courses and professional development courses with thousands of study choices. Many students opt to study two subjects via our extensive joint honours scheme.
Two thirds of students study programmes related to teacher education and health and social care and a third of students study a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Faculties of Arts and Humanities, Business and Management and Social and Applied Sciences. The extensive combined honours programme allows flexibility of study. The majority of our students celebrate their graduation in Canterbury or Rochester Cathedrals, Kent’s most famous and spectacular buildings
We have a growing number of international students. As a gateway to the rest of the UK and the continent, we have a thriving European and international student population representing cultures from across the world. We also host Erasmus exchange programmes and USA Study Abroad programmes.
We are the number one choice for people in Kent - based on 2010 UCAS figures, 60% of all Kent-domiciled students looking to study in Kent applied to Canterbuy Christ Church University. 61% of the University's 18,000 students come from Kent whilst our international student community of 1,300 students is drawn from over 80 countries. As a gateway to the rest of the UK and the continent, we have a thriving European and international student population representing cultures from across the world.
The University has a long and successful tradition of opening up higher education to those groups which have traditionally been under represented. Many courses are flexible and part-time, enabling people to take up higher education whatever their circumstances. Many of our students are mature, returning to study after some time or are already working.
Canterbury Christ Church University's Accommodation Services are here to help you find the right accommodation during your studies so you can make the most of your student life. Our aim is to provide clean, safe and comfortable living environment to our students. Accommodation Services manages student accommodation in Canterbury, Broadstairs, Medway and Folkestone.
We offer residental halls for our students.on our campuses. Our Canterbury city halls offer students independent accommodation situated in the heart of Canterbury. A new student accommodation and student centre is due to open in September 2012. An exciting modern design willl provide single ensuite bedrooms and family houses within the city centre.
Students in these properties can enjoy a relaxed environment within a close walk from the University. Canterbury's main commercial centre is within a 5 minute walk.
This Student Accommodation Office also holds:
- Private Landlords List
- an internet database with accredited housing, studentpad.co.uk, and a message board to advertise rooms or to find accommodation
- Private Housing Board List
Homestay Accommodation with English Host Family:
Homestay is one of the most popular types of accommodation for International Students enrolled on English Language and other short courses at Canterbury Christ Church University. Living with a homestay family gives our International students maximum opportunity to improve their English during their study in the United Kingdom, as well as providing a warm and caring family environment for them whilst they are away from home.
Our host families are regularly visited by the Homestay Accommodation Officer and abide by the English UK Code of Practice. Various catering levels are offered to students who live in homestay accommodation
University & Headleased Housing:
University and Headleased housing allows students to live an independent life whilst at university without living in halls of residence. All the tenants of the houses report directly to the accommodation office for peace of mind and to ensure that works are carried out quickly and effectively.
Canterbury Christ Church University hold all the relevant certification for the houses including Gas, Electrical and Fire Safety Certificates to ensure that the properties meet the University's standards and are safe for our students. The furniture and furnishings meet fire safety regulations.
Many houses have private gardens to enjoy Canterbury's summer days and are a perfect place for revision and socialising. The properties offer students single study bedrooms with use of kitchens, shower / bathroom and other communal areas.
Our Canterbury campus is situated within a few minutes walk of the historic city centre and is uniquely placed in the cradle of English civilisation and one of the most famous World Heritage Sites. The campus is based in a city at the centre of scholarly pursuit and the arts for over 1,400 years. It has close historical and constitutional links to the Anglican Church and we are proud to be associated with the origins of English Christianity, culture and language, with the ruins of the 6th century Abbey of St Augustine close by. The buildings of the campus occupy land where orchards and domestic buildings serving the needs of the Abbey once stood.
Renowned for its magnificent cathedral and wealth of historic buildings, Canterbury is also a regional shopping centre with narrow, bustling streets where cafés, bars, restaurants and clubs make it ever popular with visitors and students alike.
The University also operates from several off-campus sites in and around Canterbury. Within the city centre, the Sidney Cooper Gallery hosts art exhibitions and provides teaching space for the Department of Art in an historic building originally designed for the renowned 19th century English artist Sidney Cooper as his studio and subsequently as an art school.
Augustine House, just outside the ancient city wall, is our flagship Library and Student Services Centre, The building was opened in September 2009, providing a single point of access for all student facing services and state-of-the-art library resources. Mobile technology allows flexibility to create personalised learning spaces. Laptops are also available to borrow for use throughout the building. The books are housed on open shelves and browsed material on convenient, accessible compact shelving. In order to make life easier and faster, self-issue stations are located at strategic points for borrowing and returning books. There are also two cafe areas, the Atrium on the ground floor and the Terrace on the third floor, where you can enjoy the stunning view of the City and Cathedral.
Hall Place, an impressive 16th century country house in its own grounds on the outskirts of the city, is home to the University’s Centre for Enterprise and Business Development. As a state of the art hub for business development and growth, the Hall Place Enterprise Centre is dedicated to providing individuals and local businesses with opportunities to enhance their expertise, to network locally, nationally and internationally and to access the University's rich and extensive academic resources.
Beyond Canterbury, the University has four additional campuses across Kent:
Broadstairs was opened in 2000 and is located near the east Kent coastline of beautiful bays and sandy beaches offering study opportunities which include commercial music and digital media
Salomons, near Tunbridge Wells, provides a number of postgraduate study programmes. Its historic buildings are situated in 36 acres of parkland near the popular spa town of Tunbridge Wells in west Kent
Medway became our fourth campus in 2004, when Christ Church joined the Universities at Medway partnership, enabling us to deliver programmes in education, health and policing from a brand new building adjacent to the town's historic dockyard
Our fifth Campus, University Centre Folkestone, has investment from HEFCE, SEEDA and the Creative Foundation, a charitable trust established by Roger De Haan. Folkestone’s first university was opened in September 2007. It offers a wide range of programmes, including the performing arts, visual arts, and early years education, as well as business and enterprise.
Our student experience:
Our students are at the heart of everything we do. You have access to professional services and support throughout your time at university. All programmes are supported by excellent facilities across five campuses in Kent and Medway, including a new multi-million pound flagship Library and Student Services Centre, fully equipped operating theatres, hospital wards, radiography suites and occupational therapy daily living suites and workshops, sports labs, a business and enterprise centre, commercial music and television studios, sports centre and a city centre art gallery.
Your employability prospects are excellent – over 92% of our graduates go into employment and/or further study after graduating.
Christ Church will give more than £3m in scholarships, bursaries and outreach activities this year, including specific sports and music scholarships.
The results from successive National Student Surveys have been good and demonstrates that Canterbury Christ Church University remains in line with or above the national average for student satisfaction.
And our Students’ Union is active on all campuses - the Union boasts its own TV production facility, the Unified student newspaper and co-hosts CSR Radio, a full FM community radio licence shared with the University of Kent’s Students’ Union.