GUIDE: Things you need to know if you’re living at Petros Court

So you’ve moved into Petros Court – it’s time to embark on your journey as a university student, how exciting! But first, you need to know a few things about your accommodation. 

For all of you living in Petros Court residence, you’ll be pleased to know that I have created a list of everything you need to know about living there, and a few personal tips that you might find helpful.

Living at Parham Road instead? Take a look here.

Location

In my opinion, Petros is situated in the best location. It’s literally surrounded by everything you need! You’re on the steps of the library, a ten minute walk to CCCU and a 5 minute walk to the town centre. If you’re in need of a doctor, the closest surgery is a 5 minute walk away too.

Canterbury is also great for sight-seeing and you’re pretty much close to everything. I would definitely recommend seeing Canterbury’s magnificent Cathedral, which is located in the town centre. Also, you don’t have to pay as you can get in for free with your student card! Cool, right?

Nightlife

When it comes to Canterbury nightlife, living in Petros is the best place to be as you’re within walking distance of everything.

If nightclubbing is your scene, then you will be pleased to know that one of Canterbury’s biggest nights out – Club Chemistry, is a five minute walk away!

In the town centre you will find The Cuban, another of Canterbury’s popular nightclubs. If you’re more of a pub or bar kind of person, then do not fear as there are plenty of them, particularly in the town centre and surrounding areas.

CCCU’s Student Union is an 8 minute walk away, and this is where you will find all your Freshers events. Next to the SU is newly opened cocktail bar, Tokyo Tea Rooms.

Club Chemistry

Shopping

Canterbury is ideal for whatever type of shopping you want to do; food, clothes, homeware or beauty.

Most of your high-street stores are located in the town centre as well as Tesco Metro. Your other closest supermarket is Aldi, which is a ten minute walk away, just past Canterbury East.

Also, just to make you even more excited about living here. This year’s Student Shopping Night will be held on Thursday 4th October and you don’t want to miss out. There are plenty of great deals and discounts, especially as your student loan drops in just before!

Transport

Yet again, Petros is very well-placed as you’re a 5 minute walk to Canterbury East Station (opposite Club Chemistry). With direct links to London Victoria, being so close to Canterbury East makes your journey home much easier, or even if you just fancy a day trip to London.

Canterbury West is on the other side of town, just a 15 minute walk and has direct links to London St. Pancras.

TIP: Make sure you purchase a 16-25 railcard as you can get 1/3 off rail fares, it costs £30 but think of all the money you could be saving! If you’re with Santander and have a 123 Student Current Account, you can get one for free!

Canterbury Bus and Coach station is also a stone’s throw away from Petros, which is great for travelling to surrounding areas of Kent.

TIP: It’s worth purchasing a Coachcard with National Express as it gives you 1/3 off fares and 15% off travel to events and festivals, which is £12.50 for a year or £30 for 3 years!

Canterbury East Station

Parking

Petros Court officially doesn’t have any student parking, so your best best is to make use of public transport.

However, many Petros Court residents park their cars at Canterbury East Station car park, click here for more info.

Tips and Advice

  • Invest in a lanyard: Trust me, it comes in handy. If you leave your keycard in your room, then you will have to go to security for them to open your door to get it. It’s a pain and it happened to me countless times! It’s worth buying a lanyard or leaving a note on your bedroom door so that you remember to take it.
  • Don’t overthink when packing: Bring the essentials, you don’t need to pack your kitchen sink. I brought way too much to uni and it was a nightmare packing it all up to go home, especially when I didn’t need or use most of the stuff.
  • Make a flat group chat: Some of you may have already started a flat group chat if you’ve been searching for your flat mates on the Petros Court Freshers page. If not, definitely create one when you arrive. It’s worth talking about splitting things so that you don’t have 7 dishcloths or 7 bottles of washing-up liquid, as well it’s easier to interact with each other if everyone’s out or busy. Plus, it’s fun to look back on the pictures!
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