Name: Canterbury Christ Church University
Location: Canterbury, Broadstairs, Tunbridge Wells, Medway, Kent, UK
Percentage of women on campus: 65%
School Motto: The truth shall set you free
Tuition: £8,500 per year (undergraduate), Postgraduate degrees vary from £4,340-£20,500 per year.
Colours: Cardinal, Purple
Most popular majors: Teacher Training, Primary Education, English Literature, and Sports Science
Greek life: No
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Canterbury Christ Church University’s website at www.canterbury.ac.uk/admissions/.
Why Choose CCCU?
“I chose CCCU because of the course, which just sounded perfect for me – and then looked at the campus later” – Shelby Fuller
“CCCU really appealed to me because it was still really close to home, and the course is exactly what I wanted. Most other universities I looked at didn’t do specialist English-based courses, so Christ Church won hands down!” – Mel Holden
“When I met the Creative & Professional Writing Course Director, Carolyn Oulton, and learned a little more about the syllabus, I fell in love and decided that CCCU was for me.” – Penny Gotch
“It’s the most local university to me.” – Montana Allen
“My favourite thing about CCCU is probably the lecturers – they're all so darn friendly and helpful, which really makes the experience come alive. The thing I love about being a student here is... well, everything! It's not an enormous campus and it's well signposted, so you rarely get lost, and everyone's friendly enough, and it just has a great atmosphere. As for traditions and campus events... I really don't get out enough to know.” – Second year student, North Holmes Campus.
“I like that it’s a small campus – I think anything bigger would be too daunting. I also like atmosphere on nights out.” – Third year student, North Holmes Campus.
“I like the fact that when I step through the gates I feel like I’ve entered a new, little town and community where everyone is friendly because we have one thing in common. We want to learn, do well and gain a degree.” – Third year student, North Holmes Campus.
“To be honest, the only thing I really don't like about CCCU is how the Creative & Professional Writing course just seems to float around various departments. We moved from a different campus last year and it still doesn't quite feel like we fit properly yet.” – Creative and Professional Writing student.
“Time-tabling for this academic year hasn't been the best experience. We only found out our timetables the day before we were due to start, and to make it worse we were in 9am to 7pm without an break."Annoyed Second Year Student.
“CCCU is OK, but as part of Canterbury’s student population, we sort of get ignored because of the University of Kent being across town. It would be nice to have more merit as Christ Church students” – Melissa, Second year student, North Holmes Campus.
New Collegiette on Campus
There is separate first year housing at CCCU, all campuses have an option of accommodations to choose from – you can find information about these here.
"When you first arrive at CCCU you will experience Fresher’s Week (which, depending on your campus, could last two weeks). Fresher’s (which is the term you’ll be known as for most of your first year) allows you to socialise and make new friends, while experiencing the local clubs and university facilities." - 23 year old male student, Canterbury Campus
"Fresher’s week is organised by the Student Union and run by the volunteer students, known as Fresher’s Crew (who you’ll be able to identify by their distinctive t shirts). The Fresher’s Crew will be around through Fresher’s Week and will be on hand to answer any of your questions and point you in the right direction if you get lost. Fresher’s week will include: social activities, introductions to the night life, course introductions, Fresher’s fairs, activity days and a whole lot more." - 20, Female student, Creative and Professional Writing Student, 3rd Year.
“Freshers week is great because you get to meet new people and discover a new town together. I loved my Freshers week, and the best thing about Freshers, is that you get to do it every year!” - 19, female student, North Holmes Campus.
All About Academics
"The workload of course depends on the course. Some of CCCU’s most popular course, such as Nursing subjects and Primary Education, involve students taking on a work placement as part of their degree, which is a great way to get experience. Other courses, like Performing Arts, Creative and Professional Writing and New Media involve the students gaining experience as part of projects and assignments for their course. An example of this is the Directing and Devising week held within the Performing Arts degree, which involves all year groups of the course, and helps students gain theatre experience." - 19, Performing Arts Student.
“Workload is steady and manageable, but you do have to give up certain luxuries in order to complete things.” – Montana, second year student.
“We have this thing where all of our assignments tend to be due in within a week of each other, which is a pain and bit stressful, but to balance that out, we only really work for two semesters and have the third one to ourselves. It's short and intense, but manageable.” – Anon, Second Year student.
CCCU, Canterbury Campus is home to a multi-million pound, award-winning Library and Student Centre, Augustine House.
“The best place to study is probably up at Augustine House in the library or in your own home, providing you have considerate house-mates, of course.” Penny, North Holmes Campus.
“Personally I prefer studying at home, but if I had to study on campus, it would be the quiet zone in the library.” – Female student, North Holmes Campus.
Learn From The Best
“To be honest, I like all my lecturers, but my favourite is probably our Course Director, Carolyn. My favourite class at the moment is probably Crossing Genre Boundaries, not only because Carolyn teaches it, but because it's less heavy going than the other modules we're doing right now.” – English Department, Second Year student.
“There’s very few tutors I don’t like. The majority of them are very encouraging, enthusiastic and passionate, which reflects well on me, and the rest of the class too. They have been quite supportive and understanding when I have had personal issues effecting my workload too.” Third year student.
“Most people on my degree don’t use office hours, but that’s because there isn’t many of us. Sports Science students that I know are always in and out of their lecturers offices!” - Mel, North Holmes Campus.
Interests & Involvement
CCCU provides initial information about societies and clubs in Freshers Week. Most information is then put on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
There are so many societies at CCCU and you can find them all here: http://ccsu.co.uk/activities/societies/list/
Sports is a huge part of the social scene for CCCU, with the University of Kent being the local rivals. Many of our teams compete both locally and nationally.
"Sports societies include: Cheerleading, Hockey, American Football, Football, Snow Sports. There are so many great sporting events all year round, and you get a chance to go up against Kent Uni!" - Missie, 20, Canterbury.
“I don't think being a woman on campus is much different from being a man on campus. It's a very equal place, I think – nobody gets treated better or worse. That's how it's been for me, anyway.” – Female, Canterbury student.
“I think there’s definitely more male students than female, you can tell just by walking around campus! There are so many guys everywhere. To me, this means two things: more guys to choose from and less competition.” – Anon.
“I do sometimes feel intimidated by some people’s fashion styles. I often see women wearing some really cool, quirky, fashionable outfits and then feel bad when I’m wearing leggings and a top. So there’s a lot of pressure in the fashion area.” – Female Anon
Food & Drink
"Canterbury Campus has several conveniently-located coffee carts and hubs, as well as the main Touchdown Café. The campus also has a canteen which serves hot and cold food, and drinks." - Canteen worker, North Holmes Campus.
"Canterbury town centre is a ten minute walk from the campus, with supermarkets along the way. The Lounge bar is just down the road, and is perfect for a quick lunch with your spare change. And right next to that is Barista and Baker." - Mason, 2nd year.
“Off campus, the two Wetherspoons pubs are probably the best places to eat, and The Jolly Sailor pub up on Northgate does the best fish-finger sandwiches in the entire universe.” – Female Second year, Anon.
“There is so much variety in the food hall and all at really reasonable prices. I don’t often eat in there, but I know they do fast food stuff, oriental and often roast dinners. Personally, I love “The Picture House”. Again reasonable prices, but more than what you would spend on a meal on campus.” – Third year commuter.
"There are a few local clubs and pubs with great night-life. The Student Union has a partnership with Club Chemistry, which has two student nights a week – on a Wednesday and a Friday. There’s also a partnership with Longley’s Cabs to ensure students travel safely, with no extra charge after midnight. The university is very interested in ensuring student’s safety and looking out for their welfare.
As well as Club Chemistry, there’s Chill nightclub which is located right next door to the Student Union and recently topped a poll by CCCU Confesses (a student created magazine) of best places to go in Canterbury. Other places to spend the evening include: Brewery Tavern (which is just off of the high street), The Venue (located on the Kent University campus), pubs which have a great gig scene such as the Lady Luck, another place is of course, the Student Union bar – which is great for a cheap night where you’ll be surrounded by fellow students.
Most places have student discounts or student specific evenings - this generally falls mid-week. Societies have socials on this night too, where the group all head out together. As well as this Carnage comes to town usually once a term – this is a student pub crawl, which ends at Chill night-club with t-shirts as a ticket.
For those who don’t drink there’s plenty to do, especially if you refer to our society and sports lists. There’s also a local cinema and lots of interesting historical sights to see, such as Canterbury Cathedral and Canterbury Tales." - Her Campus contributor.
“My favourite club night is, without a doubt, AlphaBEATs at Chill. It’s every Wednesday at the club and every week is a different theme based on a letter of the alphabet, so it’s a different experience every week - I can’t keep away.” – Female, second year.
“Canterbury is well-lit for the most part and I feel comfortable walking around after dark.” – 21, Female student.
"First year students can choose between an option of on or off campus accommodation, which is generally allocated on a first come first serve basis dependent on each students five choices. Students can pick their accommodation choices based on things such as: location, room size, facilities, or price." - Her Campus Editor
For a full list of the accommodation available see: http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/accommodation/accommodation.aspx
"Canterbury is a Cathedral city steeped in History. The campus is located next to, and spread out around, the city centre. In the city centre you can find a variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, pubs and a theatre. CCCU has a good relationship with the city of Canterbury, and many of the universities buildings are spread out throughout the city. The university often works with the city at events, such as a recent food fair in which the university choir performed." - Local Tour Guide.
"The university also has a relationship with the Marlowe Theatre with special performances for students and the use of the facilities students in courses such as Performing Arts." - Jaime,
"As the university is spread throughout the city centre, a lot of activities take place off-campus." - Ash, 22.
“Canterbury is absolutely gorgeous and the campus is right near the bottom of the high street, so it's within easy walking distance of all the shops and restaurants you could want. It takes less than ten minutes to get to one of the Wetherspoons, for example. It has the big name shops you expect plus local stores. Canterbury is awesome.” – Penny Gotch
“Everything is relatively close in Canterbury. Main shops, restaurants and bars are all in walking distance and you can easily get from one side of the town to the other” - Montana
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