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A Snapshot into.. East Kent

  • September 26, 2022

East Kent is not only home to one of the largest NHS Hospital Trusts in England but also consists of some excellent locations in terms of both living and working! East Kent is made up of five districts: Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Shepway and Thanet. The East Kent area is a beautiful and varying landscape, with charming seaside towns such as Margate, Whistable and Ramsgate as well as the beautiful city of Canterbury! Canterbury itself is a very popular Cathedral City, with many landmarks and attractions that draw visitors from all over the world, with an estimated population of around 47,000.

As stated previously, the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest hospital trusts in England, consisting of five main hospitals and community clinics serving a local population of 695,000 people. The Trust has a national and international reputation for delivering high quality specialist care, particularly in urology, kidney disease, and vascular services. For those looking to work directly within the City of Canterbury, the Kent and Canterbury Hospital provides a range of elective and planned care as well as treatment for minor injuries and illness. The Hospital also has a postgraduate teaching centre and staff accommodation.

Facts About East Kent

  • Between Canterbury, Herne Bay, Whitstable and Faversham, the Blean is among the UK’s largest areas of ancient woodlands and recognised for its importance to local wildlife.
  • The white chalk cliffs of Dover are around 136 million years old.
  • There have been 105 Archbishops of Canterbury since 597 compared with 203 Popes
  • William Harvey, the physician who 'discovered' blood circulation was born in Folkestone in 1578!
  • Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest in England, parts of it dating from the 6th century. A 17th century bell is still rung every day to open and close the cathedral.
  • Canterbury city gave its name to a musical genre, the Canterbury Scene, a type of progressive rock music, in the early 1970s. Today, the popular Canterbury Festival is held annually.

Cost of Living in Canterbury

Please note, the following costs apply to the City of Canterbury and may differ throughout South Kent dependent on the specific location and/or district.

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for two people


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle





Time it Takes to Travel by Train from Canterbury to Cities in the UK


Time it Takes to Travel


1 Hours 37 Minutes


3 Hours 40 Minutes


3 Hours 39 Minutes


4 Hours 25 Minutes


3 Hours


3 Hours 54 Minutes


5 Hours 56 Minutes

Education in East Kent:


East Kent has a huge variety of schooling options to choose from when addressing Education for children and these differ dependent on each district. According to the Kent Council School and Education finder tool, Canterbury has access to 35 primary schools and 9 Secondary, Dover 41 Primary and 9 Secondary, Thanet 31 Primary and 8 Secondary, Ashford 43 Primary and 7 Secondary. To find out more information about term dates, applications, standards, curriculum and general education, visit the Kent County Councils website here.

Canterbury is also home to one of the University of Kent’s campus’s, which now has around 16,500 students from 158 nationalities and a very cosmopolitan feel. The University itself is one of the country’s leading academic institutions producing world-class research, rated internationally excellent and leading the way in many fields of study.

Things to do in East Kent:


Dreamland: Margate

The park is a year-round outdoor and indoor event programme as well as a year-round amusement arcade, retro roller disco and children’s soft play area - all less than 90 minutes from London. The park is free to enter and opens on selected weekends and during the school holidays. Dreamland is also fast becoming a popular music venue, with Gorillaz and Sara Cox selling out their tours here. This is a great destination for Family’s looking for a fun day out in East Kent.

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge is an Art Gallery, Library and Visitor Information Centre situated in the heart of historic Canterbury. This award winning facility provides state-of-the-art exhibition galleries, excellent educational facilities and a varied programme of events for all ages. The museum exhibits include Egyptian and Greek artefacts, local Anglo-Saxon finds, ethnographic exhibits, minerals and natural history specimens.

Walmer Castle and Gardens

Explore over eight acres of award-winning gardens, situated in the grounds of a picturesque coastal castle with a fascinating history. Walmer Castle was once a Tudor artillery fortress that became a stately-home for the Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports, including the Iron Duke of Wellington. Explore the castle with a multimedia guide, and hear previously untold stories of the castle and famous residents from its history.

Wingham Wildlife Park

Wingham Wildlife Park is Kent’s fastest growing wildlife park, nestled just outside the beautiful cathedral city of Canterbury, in Kent. As a family-owned park, they’re proud to house the largest number of animal species out of all wildlife parks and zoos in Kent - whether you’re looking for tigers, flamingos, bats, penguins or even the adorable red panda.

Places to worship

Canterbury Mosque

The Markaz, 1 Giles Ln, Canterbury CT2 7LT

Kadampa Temple Kent

26 Cherry Garden Rd, Canterbury CT2 8EP

St Michael's Church, East Peckham

5NG, Old Church Ln, East Peckham, Tonbridge

Chatham Memorial Synagogue

366 High St, Rochester ME1 1DJ

All things food!

Dartford Dosa House – Sri Lankan food

No 41 Hythe St, Dartford DA1 1BE

Bollywood Indian eatery

11 Canterbury St, Gillingham ME7 5TP

The West House

 28 High St, Biddenden, Ashford TN27 8AH

Relocation to East Kent

If you’re an international doctor looking to relocate to East Kent, or another location in the UK, please email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to relocate to the UK.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? When you join IMG Advisor, you join a community of doctors all looking to relocate to the UK and join the NHS. We post a series of vlogs and blogs to the group every day. We will also be on hand to answer all of your relocation queries.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel! We have over 100 videos on everything you need to know about relocating to the UK and joining the NHS!

Listen to BDI Resourcing on the go to IMG Advisor the Podcast. You can find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Buzzsprout. We have a number of episodes with tips and advice on relocating to the UK and the routes you can take to achieve this.


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