UCA Canterbury

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Life at UCA Canterbury

Based in a busy, historic student city, our Canterbury campus benefits from easy access to local exhibition projects and spaces as part of Kent’s vibrant international art scene. Students can enjoy established community links with places such as the Turner Contemporary Gallery, access to big events like the Folkestone Triennial, as well as its own dedicated facilities on campus.

Our Canterbury campus is a short walk from the city centre and has a range of purpose-built studios, workshops and lecture theatres. The campus offers courses in Architecture, Fine Art, Illustration and Animation, and Graphic Design.

With on-campus accommodation, a café, a newly refurbished bar and a range of art facilities including a specialist library, an art shop and the Herbert Read art gallery, the campus is a relaxed and creative environment to study in.

Open Days at Canterbury

Visit our Virtual Open Day where you'll find out more about studying at UCA Canterbury

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Our accommodation guarantee to you for 2021

Moving away from home or overseas for the first time can be a daunting experience – but we guarantee that we’ll find you a place to call home.

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Ask our students

Our students are available to talk to you online. Ask questions about what it's like to study at our creative campuses or what happens day-to-day.

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Campus virtual tour

Take a virtual tour of our Canterbury campus and view 360 images of some of our creative studio spaces and workshops.

Tour our Canterbury campus


Our campus and accommodation buildings provide an inclusive, secure and comfortable environment to live, work and socialise in. 

Physical access is straightforward with automatic entrance doors, ramps and lifts.?You’ll find disabled toilet facilities in all our buildings and lecture theatres are fitted with induction loops.?

Courses at Canterbury

Check out the courses you can study at our Canterbury campus.

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UCA Publications

Download our publications, including our Pre-degree, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Business Prospectus.

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Campus details & directions

UCA Canterbury
New Dover Road

Tel: +44 (0)1227 817 302 


By road

From London, take the M2 towards Dover, then the A2 at Faversham (take the exit at Junction 7).

Exit the A2 at the A2050 to Canterbury. At the outskirts of the city, take a right at St Peter's Roundabout and follow the A290/A28 Ring Road. Turn right at the third roundabout by the cinema (signposted A2050 to Sandwich) into New Dover Road.

Immediately after the traffic lights turn left into the University drive - look for the signs to Canterbury College and to UCA. Follow the drive round to the right and UCA is on your left.



Unfortunately we have no on-site parking at our UCA Canterbury campus for students or visitors. Exceptions are made for blue badge holders and anyone with special requirements should contact the campus directly on + 44 (0)1227 817 302 to arrange this.

We recommend that you use the Park and Ride car park which is on New Dover Road (postcode for satnav CT1 3EJ). The bus journey to the campus is only about 5 minutes. If you mention to the driver where you are headed they can help with stops. You can also look out for the large Canterbury College sign as the UCA campus is located to the left of this.  

For information about the all the car parks available, please visit the Canterbury City Council website. 

By rail

Take a National Rail train from London Victoria to Canterbury East, then take a taxi to the University (Make sure that you ask for the University for the Creative Arts in New Dover Road - Canterbury has several colleges and universities and sometimes the taxi drivers get them confused!).

Alternatively take a National Rail train from London St. Pancras International or London Waterloo East to Canterbury West, changing at Ashford International if necessary, then take a taxi to the University.

Eurostar passengers can get off the train at Ashford International in Kent. This station has direct rail links to Canterbury.

By air

It takes between one and two hours to drive from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports to the UCA campuses. The same journeys take between two and three hours by train. There are rail and coach connections from all airports via central London to all UCA campuses. 

By sea

The English Channel ferry crossing arrives at Dover and the Eurotunnel at Folkestone. Dover and Folkestone are both less than 30 minutes from Canterbury.


Contact us

If you have a question about studying at UCA Canterbury please complete our enquiry form and we will get back to you:

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