Everything You Need To Know About Living At Parham Road

Parham is an excellent place to live if you’re nervous about coming to CCCU. As it’s a student village, there’s a great atmosphere and the have the BEST parties. 

Here is some valuable information you’ll need to know about life at Parham.

Where is Parham?

Parham is the furthest out from the uni and town but it is by no means a bad place to live.

Yes, you are a fair way out from the town centre and uni. So you will need to spare plenty of time to get to where you want to go.

But other than that, there is plenty of what you may need in your time at uni.

Parham has many different areas to stay from Sargents Parade to Hamill Terrace and all of them are different.

There’s a mixture of en suite and non-en suite but all are well equipped with cookers and washing machines good internet.

Some of Parham Road will soon be turned into council flats, read here.

University ­

The main reason you are here though, is university. This accommodation is the furthest from the university, although it isn’t difficult to get to.

It also isn’t too much further to the library or the Student Union either, which holds great events most evenings.

The library, Augustine House, stays open 24 hours a day and is unbelievably well equipped.

There is plenty of space if you need to do work alone or pods you can book if you want to do group work. Newly installed touchscreen computers make the journey well worth it.

What is the nightlife like?

Once again, you will need to spare plenty of time to get to the best places in town, but you don’t always need to go out. The way Parham is set up means you can have unbelievable house parties, with anyone and everyone popping in.

The ultimate guide to Canterbury student nightlife, read here.

There’s free bus that takes you right to Club Chemistry and it also stops at all the other accommodations on the way which comes in handy if you’re going to pre-drinks at another accommodation.


At Parham, there are parking restrictions you will need to be aware of if you bring your car. The university does also offer parking spaces for £7.50 a week, but that’s pretty steep.

There are two trains stations in Canterbury: Canterbury East and Canterbury West, and the latter is the closest, (20-25 minute walk) as well as a bus service along Sturry Road.

What’s nearby?

You aren’t short of places to go if you need food or supplies at Parham.

Shopping could not be easier. There’s an Asda and Lidl barely five minutes away which makes the late night trips for food or booze dangerously easy. There’s also a couple of great pubs close by, with The Penny Theatre being a personal favourite of mine.

If you fancy a quick snack there’s a Subway or Greggs close-by or if it’s cheat day you can go a little further down the road to a KFC or McDonalds. If you’re an active person, there’s a PureGym right by Asda so you don’t have to walk to the the side of town to join the uni’s gym.

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Matthew Hills

Matt is a third year multimedia journalism student at CCCU with plans to go into sports or political journalism. He enjoys most sports and politics, alongside cooking a trip down the pub.

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