University of Kent

Night life

How would you rate your university towns night life?
Night life
7.3 / 10

(based on ratings in 2016)


"Canterbury has over 100 pubs so you'll easily be able to find one that suits your needs. Personally, I prefer alternative music and places to drink where you can talk to your friends and it was really easy to find a few pubs that cater to that. There is a campus nightclub and three or four additional nightclubs in town so you have choice if you are a party person."
"There's a good range of nights out for people with all different tastes; they are also generally cheap to cater to students. The club on campus is also convenient and has a good range of themes."
"There are a number of pubs in Canterbury that are suitable for students. There are not many clubs, though both Chemistry and Venue are really good. The uni also offers activities through societies etc."
"It's smaller than some cities but still good quality. Smaller and quirkier venues are the main selling point with cocktail bars, underground dance floors, old converted buildings, specialist music nights, creative word events and live acts all being on offer."
"There are many pubs and enough clubs. It can get monotonous sometimes, though, and there is not much else to do. One would have to go to another city for bowling for example."
"There are enough clubs and pubs to suit different preferences and, on top of that, there are loads of 'local' small bars/pubs for people who get bored of Wetherspoon's. You probably can't beat Canterbury in terms of nightlife simply because everything is so close together and aimed at students."
"The university itself has a club called The Venue that has events almost every night. A lot of people enjoy it though I think it is mainly for first years. I prefer clubs in the city centre like Club Chemistry, which I find very fun. There are all sorts of clubs around and also very different pubs like Wetherspoons (if you are looking for something fun and cheap) but my personal favourite is Lady Luck. Either way, there is always something to do in Canterbury as it is filled with students so the nightlife is quite good."
"We have a lot of pubs available in town but also an on-campus night club called the Venue, which is a very small place but also very lively."
"There are a large number of pubs in Canterbury. Drinks and food can be expensive but there is somewhere with student offers and deals every night of the week. There are only a handful of clubs but they are good for a smallish town with cheap drinks on weeknights and special events. If you're on a budget, weekend nightlife may be limited to just the university nightclub."
"There is a club on campus, The Venue, which is ideal if you want to have fun but don't want to go to town. However, if you want to go to town, you can simply take the Unibus and you'll be there in about ten minutes. There are a number of clubs such as Steinbeck and Shaw and the Cuban. There are also pubs such as Wetherspoon's and many others. There are numerous restaurants ranging from Italian cuisine to Mexican and, of course, Nando's."


"In my opinion, there is a good Monday club in Chatham. The other club that's okay is in Rochester, but the nearest club to the accommodation in Gillingham town centre is terrible. However, I need to go on an hour's walk to or from the club or get a taxi."
"There are several bars in town, plus two or three other nightclubs that are a short taxi ride away. Some of the clubs even provide a free bus shuttle service."
"There are three main nightclubs in Canterbury city itself and over 20 bars. There are also many pubs and restaurants that offer student discounts and themed nights."
"There's a variety of pubs and clubs within Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Maidstone. Also, there is a Wetherspoons locally and people like to go to Casino in Rochester on Thursdays as it's a student night. There are lots of pubs around there too."
"There are a lot of night clubs and restaurants. There are two theatres, one on the campus called Gulberkian and the Marlowe theatre in town. The cathedral attracts a lot of tourists so the place is always buzzing with people."
"There are a couple of clubs and bars around. We also have good restaurants as well. You can also go to town to do some shopping or go on a tour of the town by using the canoe service."
"The Venue, Cuban, S&S, The Brewery Tavern. That's it for the good ones. Also, there are really nice restaurants to eat in. They are a bit hidden but there actually are a lot. It also has mostly everything you need in terms of shopping: New look, JD, River Island, Fenwick, Boots etc."
"Club in town, lots of shops and restaurants, cinema, gym etc."
"Two prestigious cinemas, one mainstream. Lovely boutique shops and the big ones too. Nice bars, old-fashioned pubs – chemistry is good for a night out. Restaurant variety is amazing."
"About five or six clubs that are shared between the two other universities in the area. They cater for every different type and one club has a weekly LGBT night."

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