Sunday, 18 September 2016

If You're Heading To University in Canterbury

 A year after finishing University at Canterbury, and I am still insanely jealous of anyone starting there soon! It's the most wonderful place to go to University; not too big and not too small, and it instantly felt like home to me. There is just a really lovely feel to the city, and to the university too and I think I am forever going to mourn my time here! As I know leaving for university can be a pretty scary experience so I thought I'd sum up a few of my favourite places in Canterbury to give anyone heading there soon a helping hand...

Where to Eat

Pinocchio's is my all-time favourite restaurant for special occasions. I have an entire post dedicated to how much I love this restaurant here, but I couldn't not include this in a post about Canterbury. This is the one to go to for your birthday, or when your parents come to visit you. The food is fresh, reasonably priced and you get a really decent portion too! What a result.

The Chocolate Cafe was my sister's all-time favourite haunt for whenever she visited. If you are a chocoholic this is the place for you. It was one of the first places Dan and I went for a date, and it's just such a lovely cafe! I am a huge fan of the waffles, although you may want to share if you find that kind of thing sickly!

Kitch was somewhere I used to go with my dissertation lecturer. She was actually on her sabbatical but chose to keep me on as she knew my topic the best, which was so incredibly kind of her. This is a cafe that just oozes health and I usually opted for a healthy hot chocolate which was the best of both worlds!

Where to Party

Club Chemistry is the main club in Canterbury, and it is great! It has three floors, with a variety of different music being played and has actually had an upgrade since I left the city. The drinks are cheap, there is an incredible pole to dance on with your friends; what more could you want!

The Cuban is a bit more upmarket, but that does mean a little bit more pricey. However, the music is always spot on in this venue and I always had a great time in The Cuban. It's also a restaurant during the day, and whilst I've never been I can imagine it being one worth trying out!

The Ballroom is the place to go if you want cocktails. It's almost impossible to get a seat, but there is a bath in the bar which we danced in on many an occasion! They also serve cocktails in teapots which is just so cute, and the cocktails truly are delicious.

The Old Brewery Tavern is the house of Jaeger Rocks which I discovered one very messy night in second year with my friend Sophie. We got absolutely smashed, and I ended up queuing up at 1am for the latest fifa. The drinks are super cheap (only a couple of pounds for a double!) and the atmosphere is always good in this venue.

What to Do

Visit Westgate Gardens which is the cutest little park by the river. I spent so much time in first year reading here with my friend after our exams had finished. We also walked down here in the snow, and it was so pretty! Definitely worth a visit during your three years here.

Take a canal tour down the river. They can be pricey as students, but you have to do it at least once! We learnt so much about our city when we went one day in the summer, and it was just a lovely thing to do. The tour guides are really funny, and all of the information was very interesting - they didn't go too far into the details which is always a good thing.

Walk around the city because it is just gorgeous. If you have the luxury not to go on a Saturday morning, make the most of it because Saturday Mornings are insanely busy. One of my favourite things about the city centre is that it has all of your mainstream shops (Topshop, H&M, Primark etc) but there are also lots of lovely independent shops too - such as Siesta which is right opposite The Chocolate Cafe!

Where to Live

Lanfranc House was the place I chose to live in my first year. It is like halls, but split up into different flats and houses which I really liked as it made it a bit more personal. I miss my first year room all the time, it was a really decent size and not too expensive. Plus, it was close to both the uni, and the town centre too which was excellent. If you are looking for a good halls, I would so recommend this one!

Leydon Lettings were the Lettings Agent we chose for our third year house, and they truly were excellent. They were good at communicating with you, and from memory we didn't have to pay for a deposit at all. They have actually expanded recently I believe, and they offer such a wide range of properties all over the city; perfect for CCCU and UKC students.

Have you ever been to Canterbury? Did you go there for university?

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