Offering clean and comfortable accommodation, many with views overlooking Canterbury and its historic Cathedral.


A modern campus set in 450 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds offering over 250 standard bedrooms. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary internet access.

Prices are based on a Bed & Breakfast rate, with breakfast being available between 8am and 9am in the Rutherford College Dining Hall.

Free parking is available close to Rutherford College and there is a regular bus service to and from Canterbury on a daily basis.

Available: Easter and summer.

Food and Drinks

With over 10 catering and bar outlets across the Canterbury campus, Kent Hospitality is proud to provide a range of superior quality products at affordable prices, matched with unrivalled levels of customer service.

The following outlets will be open during vacation periods. Please refer to the guest information leafet in your room for specific opening times.

Origins Bar & Bistro - Darwin College

Rutherford Dining Hall - Rutherford College

KBar - Keynes College

Dolche Vita - Keynes College

Grounds and gardens

The extensive University grounds, which guests are free to enjoy, include formal gardens, woodland, grassed areas, hay meadows, shrub beds, ponds, "the woodland trail", and the Canterbury Labyrinth.

Created from Yorkstone and grass, the Canterbury Labyrinth is a beautiful work of art of mediaeval design with a wonderful view of the city.  To our knowledge this is the first Labyrinth to be built at an English university.

Other facilities

The range of facilities include: -

Restaurants, bistros and bars

Theatre and cinema

Sports and leisure

Shops and banking services


Complimentary Internet access in all bedrooms. (wireless access in all public areas)

Dedicated reception services (photocopying etc)

Laundry services

Nature trail and labyrinth set in the landscaped grounds

Free on-site parking

Please refer to the guest information for opening times and availability of all facilities on campus.


Disabled access available


Internet access for a charge

Shared gardens

Games pitches

Squash court

Tennis court


Food and Drinks


Cooked breakfast (included)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)


Nearby Recreations

Recommended walks

Beach (a short drive)

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)


Breakfast Included

Parking (free)

No smoking

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 5

Rutherford College, Canterbury - Reviews


Based on 60 reviews
Service 4.1
Rooms 3.6
Food 3.9
Value 4.2
Overall Experience 4.0

Great experience. Would go back any time.
Prof Elda W

The bed had certainly seen better days (very concave) and Rutherford College was quite difficult to find - but excellent value for the single traveller
Mr Michael Y

Excellent location if you have a car. Really quiet and comfortable room. The bathroom is quite dated but I wasn't staying there for the bathroom facilities. It may be useful to advise guests how to move their luggage about between floors using lifts. Helpful reception staff. Great place to stay. I would stay here again as it is good value for money. Thank you.
Dr Rochelle C

Good standard student-type accomodation at a good price - I have stayed a number of occasions and never had any problems. The room numbering system, although inherently logical, is somewhat quirky so remember to ask for instructions on how to get to your room!
Mr Gordon K

University is located in a fantastic site overlooking the city, and only 20mins walk (or shorter bus ride) to the city centre. Room was good although shared shower and WC were a bit tired - I guess not updated much since built. Breakfasts were good and staff friendly and helpful. One gripe was that after paying £100+ for 3 nights they wanted another £12 for internet access. Other Uni halls I've stayed in have included this for free, so I didn't take up this offer and did my surfing whilst in the city. Overall though a good experience.
Mr richard c

would recommend to all my family and friends, great location and value for money. Breakfast choice was exceptional
Mr Ian E

I felt every consideration for my stay was thoughtfully and individually given. Staff were nicely approachable and proactive in making my stay as comfortable as possible. The lack of being excellent simply due to limits of student accommodation. Thank you for a really good break.
Ms Phyllis F

Friendly staff
Miss Marie-Lyne B

Staff were very helpful, and the room was clean and very good vfm. However the toilet was rather dilapidated (flaking paint and poor ventilation). Also the window in the room only opened a small amount so ventilation in the room was also poor (on a very hot day) - perhaps the air conditioning was not working. However I will be recommending this to others as excellent budget accommodation for the single traveler. Thanks to you all.
Mike Y

The dorm room was very comfortable. Venting in the bathroom area is needed as it always smelled unpleasant. The breakfast offered had a variety of foods. The office personnel were especially helpful. I also liked the walking access to the city centre!
Jodi M

Arrival Info

Address: Greater Manchester, Canterbury, Kent, CanterburyCT2 7NX, United Kingdom

Address: Rutherford College, The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent. CT2 7NX

You are welcome to check-in anytime from 1400 hrs onwards, and check-out is prior to 1000 hrs on your departure date.

Please check-in at the Rutherford College Reception.  Detailed location maps and directions to the campus can be found here.

We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Kent.


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