University for the Creative Arts


  • Location: Town, City, Rural

Student life

Our creative communities are tight-knit, welcoming and inclusive – creative minds come in all shapes and sizes, and you’ll be sure to find social groups of like-minded people who’ll become friends for life.


Each of our campuses are in towns and cities with their own unique charms, and our students enjoy the ability to choose between laid-back and vibrant as and when they feel. Whether it’s the cosmopolitan Canterbury, close to the Kent coast, homely Farnham nestled in the Surrey Hills, or market town Epsom with London just a short train ride away, there’s options for all personalities.


At each campus there is the UCA Student’s Union, which represents the student voice and organises the annual Fresher’s Week, as well as number of brilliant social events throughout the year. They also host identity communities and a whole host of clubs and societies – from K-Pop dance to film societies, life drawing and cheerleading – for you to meet and make new friends.

What's it like to live in South East?
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South East England is made up of nine counties, with key student cities being Brighton & Hove, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading, and Southampton.

The area sees more sunshine than anywhere else in the UK – perfect, given its coastal treasures. Brighton – ‘the LGBT capital of the UK’ – is a student favourite, with tons of quirky shops and cafes.

Moving east, Kent’s charming towns – like Whitstable, Broadstairs, and Margate – are bursting with literary history, plus iconic landmarks like Dover’s white cliffs and Canterbury Cathedral.

London is just a one – two hour train ride away for gigs, theatre trips etc., while the country’s two largest airports – Heathrow and Gatwick – make travelling abroad simple.

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Campus and facilities

The Cantebury campus is close the bustling historic city centre, which has a large selection of shops, restaurants, and nightlife. It's about 1 hour 30 minutes from London and also close to Continental ferry ports and Eurotunnel. Creative students will be well served in Canterbury, with the Turner Contemporary Gallery and major art events such as the Folkestone Triennial. 

The modern UCA Epsom campus is a short walk from the friendly town, which itself has been named one of the most desirable places to live in the country because of its friendly feel. And it's only 30 minutes from London's rich culture, nightlife, and work placement opportunities. 

The largest UCA campus is at Farnham, a market town with a rich creative past. The campus is a five minute walk from a host of shops, restaurants and pubs, together with vibrant arts' facilities such as The Maltings. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, and London only 30 minutes away by train. 

Course locations


Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5BE


Falkner Road, Farnham, GU9 7DS


New Dover Road, Canterbury, CT1 3AN


Oakwood Park, Maidstone, ME16 8AG