• Location: Seaside, Town, City

Student life

Studying a Higher Education qualification at College is an affordable alternative to traditional university study. With lower fees, smaller class sizes, more flexibility, and hands-on practical learning throughout, our Higher Education programmes enable you to achieve your ambitions your way.

Our friendly Students’ Unions host a variety of social activities, trips and events, bringing together students from across our Colleges. As a student, you can join a diverse range of clubs, societies and sports teams, with opportunities to take on leadership positions as a Students’ Union President or Officer, helping to shape the student experience at your College.

We are not able to provide our students with accommodation at any of our sites, but there are plenty of private and student rental options near to all our campuses. 

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

The area sees plenty of sunshine and Brighton – the LGBTQ+ capital of the UK – is a student favourite, with tons of quirky shops, cafes, arts, nightlife and watersports.

Moving east into Kent, you'll find the charming towns of Whitstable, Broadstairs, and Margate – all bursting with literary history – plus the iconic landmarks of Dover’s white cliffs and Canterbury Cathedral.

London is an hour or two away for gigs, theatre trips and capital city adventures, while the country’s two largest airports – Heathrow and Gatwick – mean international journeys are easy to get started.

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Campus and facilities

All of our College campuses have excellent transport links by bus or rail with lots of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops nearby. 

Canterbury College is in the city centre and is surrounded by lots of parkland. With a vibrant atmosphere, it provides an engaging environment for students pursuing higher education. Canterbury is a great mix of old and modern, city and countryside.

Ashford College is in the heart of Ashford, has a Picturehouse cinema nearby, for students to enjoy the latest films, and is located a 15 minute walk from the Ashford Designer Outlet offering big discounts.

Broadstairs College is a short walk from town and the beautiful award-winning Blue Flag sandy beaches.

Dover College is in the heart of Dover with the ferry port to Calais, Dover Castle and the iconic White Cliffs of Dover with stunning views across the English Channel.

Folkestone College is a short walk from town, the beach and the bustling Harbour Arm with food outlets, bars, live music and seasonal events.


Course locations

Folkestone College

Shorncliffe Road, Folkestone, CT20 2TZ

Canterbury College

New Dover Road, Canterbury, CT1 3AJ

Ashford College

Elwick Road, Ashford, TN23 1NN