Student Support in Higher Education


You can find a map of Canterbury and directions to college here. If you need help with travel costs you might consider applying for a Student Loan to help with living costs (see below).


We value diversity and recognize our learners have diverse needs. We other an equality of educational opportunity through our Single Equality Scheme and an extensive support system provided by our Students Services team who are based across our two campuses.

If you have a disability we offer support allow you to take an equal part in college life. You can contact our advisor as soon as you have applied to one of our courses to discuss how we can best support you. More information and key contacts is available on our Additional Learning Support page

You may also be eligible for the Disability Support Allowance (DSA) whilst studying at Canterbury College.

Student Fees & Loans

All Higher Education students are required to pay tuition fees for their course and our Fees policy details how much and when this is due.

As an HE student you may access a Student Loan to pay for these while studying. You will not have to start repaying this until you have left Higher Education and are earning over a minimum threshold.

Student loans to help with living costs are currently available for full-time students, and you may be entitled to a non-repayable maintenance grant (dependent on household income).

Awards are made on an annual basis and must be renewed annually for the duration of your programme.

You should apply as soon as possible rather than waiting for confirmation of your place on a course, at

You can also call 0300 100 0607 for advice on eligibility and to check the progress of your application for a loan.


Canterbury College & East Kent Colleges have a limited number of Higher Education bursaries available to students who need help with the cost of their study.

Please see the application form for full details or speak to a member of the Higher Education support team on 01227 811477.

Application forms can be collected from the Student Information Centre at Canterbury College or from the Programme VLE at East Kent College.

If you are studying a University of Kent course, you can apply directly to the University for a bursary from their Access to Learning fund, please see:


We don’t provide on-site accommodation for students. Canterbury is a student rich city and has many different options for accommodation, details of which you can find here. Be aware that competition for accommodation is high so try to organize a place to stay as soon as you can.


We do have a Children’s Nursery on our Canterbury site. This has places for up to 24 children a day and is available for staff, students and the general public who are parents of 2-5 year olds.

Study Skills

We are committed to supporting all HE students develop their study skills to get the best out of their learning experiences at Canterbury College all the way through their student journey with us and beyond.

During induction week you will attend a programme of sessions including skills to get you ready for studying. These are sessions are then repeated and developed throughout the course at appropriate times.

Each student will have a personal tutor who can advise you on any additional study skills you may need to develop.

At Canterbury college we also have a Drop In Skills Centre (DISC) that can offer 1:1 support on a number of activities such as assignment writing and research skills as well as literacy and numeracy.