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Living in Canterbury
Canterbury is a beautiful town of human dimensions (city population: 46.000; area population 135.000) with a rich history. Nearly everything you need can be found within the area of the old city walls – see the map – and everything within the city walls can be reached on foot from the school in less than 20 minutes.
Banks, ATMs and paying for things
Most banks in Canterbury are open from 09.00 - 17.00 Monday to Friday and from 09.00 - 16.00 on Saturday. The nearest banks to the school are located in the High Street, 5 minutes’ walk from the school. The nearest bank and ATM (Cashpoint) is at the High Street end of St Margaret’s Street (no.8 on the map).
Credit cards are widely accepted in Canterbury – in shops, restaurants and pubs. Some shops also accept Euros.
Shop opening hours in Canterbury are generally 09.00 to 17.30 Monday to Saturday (Tesco supermarket is open until 22.00 and Marks and Spencer until 20.00 daily) and 10.00 to 16.00 on Sunday.
Cost of living
Canterbury prices are slightly cheaper than London. Here are some examples of what you can expect to pay.
· full meal in a restaurant from £15.00/£50.00
· meal in a pizzeria from £11.00
· meal in a pub from £10.00
· pint of beer from £2.70
· glass of wine from £2.70
See here for a list of recommended restaurants and pubs.
If you have any health issues while you are with us in Canterbury we will do our best to assist you. For further information on information on entitlement to free health care please refer to this page.
The Kent and Canterbury Hospital has a minor injuries unit while there is a full Accident and Emergency Unit at the William Harvey Hospital in nearby Ashford.
Visitor Information and library
The Visitor information centre and the library are located in The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, no. 7 on the map.
The nearest bookshop to the school is Waterstones in St Margaret’s street – no. 10 on the map
Places of worship
Anglican (Church of England) - Canterbury Cathedral and many other churches in the city
Roman Catholic – St Thomas of Canterbury, 59 Burgate
Muslim - Canterbury Mosque, The Markaz, 1 Giles Lane (at The University of Kent)
Methodist - St. Peter's Methodist Church, St. Peters Street
Baptist – Canterbury Baptist Church, St George’s Place
United Reformed – St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Watling Street
Canterbury Post Office is located on the first floor of WH Smith in the High Street – no 14 on the map
Safety and Security
Canterbury is not a dangerous city, but it makes sense to take simple precautions.
Statistically, the vast majority of visitors to the UK never experience any problems, and it is generally possible to walk around Canterbury without harassment or assault. However it is advisable to be cautious. If you have an emergency you should dial 999 for the emergency services, but this is only for emergencies. For non-urgent police calls, you should dial 101.
Further information can be found at:
Emergencies - What to do?
Emergencies are of two sorts:
· something happens at home and the school needs to contact you, or
· something happens to you and the school needs to contact your family.
In both cases if something happens we want to be able to help. We have a 24-hour emergency number so we will try to do what we can at any time.
The most important thing is that we have reliable contact information. So please make sure that we have your Canterbury contact details, including a mobile phone number. This is particularly important if you are not living in accommodation that we have arranged for you. Also, please make sure that you give us some contact information for someone in your own country so that we can get in touch with them if there is a problem in Canterbury - if you have an accident or are taken ill for example.
Our 24-hour emergency number is + 44 (0)7749 926710
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