Student Life in Higher Education

Student Voice

The Student Voice is an important part of our Faculty. Any student can seek election as a Student Representative for their year group. The students are involved in all areas of the faculty and are actively encouraged to contribute to our committee structure by attending meetings and ensuring that the student perspective is always in our sights.

In addition we have a Higher Education Student Council which meets each month to ensure that the issues most important are recognised. We currently use VocalEyes, a digital democracy tool, to encourage our students to offer ideas on projects, comment and vote on the ideas they would most like to see taken up by the faculty.


We have an excellent Student Union at Canterbury College that provides access to clubs and societies, discounts at local and national outlets as well as an impressive array of trips and events throughout the year. The CCSU has a café, a communal meeting area, CCSU office and recreational facilities. To see a calendar of events and Student Union activities look at their website.

Those students enrolled on a University of Kent franchised and Validated plus course also have access to the University of Kent Union and all their activities and resources.

Social Spaces & College Services

In addition to the facilities provided by the Canterbury College Student Union in the Main Building of the campus, The Higher Education building has its own common room for students and HE Study Centre, which is equipped with computers for your use.

Canterbury college also offers a range of services available available to students which include: The Canterbury Spa, The Beretun Restaurant & Art Café, The Canterbury Florist, Stationary Shop, Food Hall and coffee shop and our Active Links centre, which provides useful links with employers and job vacancies.

Canterbury Life

Canterbury is the student capital of Kent. It's a great place to learn: a perfect blend of city, shopping, culture and history. It is well connected to surrounding towns and the coast with great cycling, bus and train routes as well as Park & Ride services.

Canterbury is a cultural city with a strong focus on the arts. There are a number of galleries, and the annual Canterbury Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. The city is also host to the Marlowe Theatre.


Students who successfully achieve a University of Kent awarded programme will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral. We also host an awards ceremony for students who successfully achieve a Pearson Edexcel higher education qualification or those on Access to HE programmes.

Supporting you

As a student of Canterbury College you will have access to a comprehensive range of support services to give you the best possible student experience. We have a list of those most Frequently asked questions

Our Student Information centre is a one-stop shop where you can access information, advice and guidance as well as find out about support services and staff.

You can call, email or just drop in for help. Call 01227 811188, alternatively we are open during term time Monday - Thursday 8.45am - 6pm and Friday 10am - 4.30pm.