Moving into St George’s student accommodation? Here’s 10 very important things you need to know…
Congratulations! You’ll be studying in the beautiful city of Canterbury, and your first year’s accommodation is only a stone’s throw away from the beehive city centre. But how much do you actually know about St George’s?
1. It’s right above the Students Union (also called The Lounge).
The Lounge is on the ground floor of the St George’s Centre, and is a thriving watering hole for Christ Church’s students, especially during freshers week. You’ve bagged yourself first place at the bar just by living upstairs. Not only does The Lounge offer the cheapest doubles in town, you can also numb those hungover hunger pains in the SU with the deliciously dirt cheap dinner deals. Ps… Don’t worry the walls are soundproofed!
2. You have a double bed and your own bathroom!
Admittedly, the beds are slightly smaller than a normal double, but there’s still enough room to starfish. You also have your own bathroom rather than a wet room (unlike Lanfranc). As it is yours and only yours, you are the only person who can clean it! Unfortunately fake tan streaks in the shower and beard trimmings around the sink don’t get cleaned up by a magic fairy. The magic fairy is you.
3. Everything is within walking distance.
CCCU itself, the library and the city centre are all under a 10 minute walk away. Perfect for those who have 9am lectures.
Top tip for freshers: don’t disregard the library! There are whole teams dedicated to the welfare of students at CCCU and they’re based in the library. You can find wellbeing advisers and academic learning teams on the ground floor.
4. You’re in good hands.
St George’s is security controlled 24 hours a day, “to make sure students feel safe and secure in their new home.” To enter the accommodation you have an electronic keycard – so don’t lose it or forget it!
Top tip for freshers: make a good impression and be respectful to the security guards and neighbouring students – you’ll soon have some banter!
5. Don’t bring the kitchen sink.
You’ll be sharing a kitchen with up to 7 other people – so don’t start planning on bringing a bread bin, teapots or fancy glass bottles to decant your milk into (it has been done before). There’s generally no need to bring electrical kitchen equipment too, because the flats are equipped with a microwave, toaster and kettle.
6. There’s plenty of hotels nearby for visitors.
After you’ve settled in and the excitement of Freshers week has passed, family and friends will probably want to come and visit to see how you’re doing. Luckily both Travelodge and Premier Inn are within a 1 mile radius of The St George’s Centre. Perfect!
7. Waitrose and Tescos are over the road.
Students are renowned for their midnight feasts and DMC’s so you’ll be pleased to know there’s plenty of places to buy some yummy treats… as well as your weekly shop.
Top tip for freshers: look out for items at the end of the day that are reduced (if you’re on a budget).
8. Maybe bring a fan and some running shoes…
As a multi-storey student accommodation it can get quite hot in the summer, obviously there are windows but if you’re a little sensitive to the heat we recommend you bring a fan. ALSO, unless you have a disabled access room you will have to climb stairs! But that’s okay, because you can burn off all those pot noodles you bulk bought.
9. You’re in the perfect location for Canterbury nightlife.
You’ll soon learn that Club Chemistry on a Wednesday is the place to be. Their student nights are popular for their £1.50 drinks and of course, their free bus service which stops at all CCCU student accommodations.
If you’re not a drinker that’s not a problem! Odeon Cinema is around the corner from St George’s and you can get 25% off with a NUS card.
Top tip for freshers: Club Chemistry is a 12 minute walk from St George’s.
10. There’s no need for a car in Canterbury!
Everything is pretty much in walking distance, and that isn’t an exaggeration. At St George’s there is only spaces for Blue Badge holders only on a first come, first-served basis. The walking will do you good!
If you have friends or family visiting for the day Canterbury City Council offer a brilliant park and ride system for £3.50 a day.