Things to do in Canterbury – Retail Therapy

Shopping in the centre of Canterbury

We know that our students work hard at College and deserve a little break at times. Our Students’ Union plan some great trips throughout the year help our students unwind, meet new people and enjoy student life. Studying at Canterbury College means that you are a short walk from loads of high street shops and niche boutiques and if you choose to indulge in some retail therapy you can always make use of student discounts by using your NUS Card.


The vast selection of shops means that your retail needs are well and truly taken care of. The nearest shopping district is the award-winning Canterbury Whitefriars Shopping Centre, the biggest shopping centre in East Kent, which is a short 5 minute walk from the campus.

Located in a pleasant, open environment in the heart of the city, Whitefriars is home to over 70 of the country's leading fashion and lifestyle retailers. An impressive Fenwick department store heads up the extensive retail line-up, which includes Zara, H&M, Topshop/Topman and River Island. At December each year, Whitefriars transforms into a wonderful festive market where niche retailers set up in huts and sell alternative gifts and food.


Marlowe Arcade

Just around the corner from Whitefriars is The Marlowe Arcade ¬- home to several high-end fashion brands for those extra special occasions. This is a great place to search for the perfect graduation outfit should you decide you study on one of our Higher Education courses.

Many shops, such as New Look, Miss Selfridge and Topman/Topshop, also offer student discounts with a valid NUS student card. Once you’re a student here, make sure you speak to the Canterbury Student’s Union to find out how you can get one.

If you are shopping on a budget, Canterbury has you covered - Primark is situated across three floors and you can keep up with the latest looks without breaking the bank. Quirky homestore Tiger also has some great homeware and desk accessories, perfect for getting organised and for your stationary needs, at exceptional value.

Canterbury has some fantastic all year round markets with fresh fruit and vegetables. Whatever you are looking for, our city has you covered!