Boarding at CATS Canterbury

Our Canterbury campus is fast expanding, and our two new residence blocks are a welcome extension. Located right in the heart of the existing campus on New Dover Road, they provide a safe and secure, home-from-home environment for our students. ‚Äč

  • Relaxed spaces to meet with friends Relaxed spaces to meet with friends
  • Chaucer House Chaucer House
  • Chaucer House single en-suite Chaucer House single en-suite
  • Cafe space in Chaucer House Cafe space in Chaucer House
  • CATS Canterbury Marlowe Lodge Residence CATS Canterbury Marlowe Lodge Residence
  • Marlowe Lodge Marlowe Lodge
  • Eating with friends Eating with friends
  • Dining hall Dining hall
  • Chaucer House single en-suite Chaucer House single en-suite

Boarding facilities

Our boarding facilities provide students with a safe and secure home-from-home. All our residential accommodation is of the highest specification and is recognised as excellent by UK Inspectors.

  • Our campus is also safe and secure, with no unauthorised access – verified through rigorous accreditation and inspection by the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI)
  • Student common rooms and shared kitchen facilities provide plenty of space for students to relax and socialise together
  • All meals are served on campus for catered students, cooked by our team of onsite Chefs
  • Short 10 minute walk to the heart of the World Heritage city centre 
  • High speed Wi-Fi – with strict restricted access to non-child friendly sites and is turned off late at night to encourage students to rest
  • Each student room has high-standard furniture and bedding, and every student has access to laundry facilities 
  • Large park and amenities close by
  • Fully supervised residences
  • Medical provision on campus
  • 24-hour residential supervisors for under-18s

College residences

We offer a range of residences for different age groups and prices. Below is a sample of the different accommodation options available to our students. Please note that all accommodation is subject to availability.

Raemore House - Under 16s

  • Cosy English home, with a large garden and sitting room area
  • 18 bed house – mix of shared and single en-suite rooms and two non en-suite single rooms
  • All rooms are catered and supervised
  • Ideally located an equal distance between the City Centre and the College
  • Additional facilities include TV lounge, games room, kitchen and dining area

Download a sample information sheet

St Lawrence House - 16-17 year olds 

  • New supervised deluxe residence, situated very close to the college
  • All rooms, except one, are single en-suites – the remaining room is a shared en-suite
  • Less than a minute’s walk to the college and about a 10-15 minute walk to the City Centre
  • Communal area and café is based at the canteen

Cowdrey Place - Over 18s

  • 6 bed houses situated very close to the college, for over 18’s who want a taste of independent living
  • All rooms are single non en-suites with Wi-Fi internet connection
  • The facility is unsupervised but still supported by the College
  • The houses are located in a residential cul-de sac, 5 minutes walk from the college
  • The house is not supervised but regular support is given 

Download a sample information sheet


This option is only available to students over 18 years of age. It offers the opportunity to live in a friendly Canterbury family setting, and students gain experience of daily life and culture in the UK.

  • Fully furnished home-from-home, with welcoming and supportive Canterbury host families
  • Safe and secure
  • Comfortable, clean homes, regularly inspected
  • Single, private bedrooms
  • Breakfast and evening meal (hot lunch taken at College)
  • Access to a telephone and internet (on request)

International food

Since we look after students from over 85 different countries, we know the importance of food from around the world. Students can try food from many different cultures, but also enjoy a taste of home from time to time.

Our menus change daily – you can download some sample menus as an example of the balanced and varied food options available to students.

All fully catered students can get food in the Dining Hall at the following times:

    Breakfast: 7.30 - 8.35
    Lunch: 11.30 - 14.00
    Dinner: 17.00 - 18.30
    Brunch: 11.30 – 13.00
    Supper: 17.00 – 18.00

We offer a wide range of engaging and exciting extra-curricular activities to enable our students to develop interests beyond the classroom. 

The top universities in the UK and US look for well-rounded individuals with a passion for their subject alongside a wide range of social interests. By taking part in CATS Clubs our students build on existing skills as well as nurturing new interests to become the fully rounded candidate universities are searching for.

  • Dance club Dance club
  • Work on your leadership skills Work on your leadership skills
  • Table tennis Table tennis
  • Chess club Chess club
  • Improve your teamwork skills Improve your teamwork skills
  • Learn how to cook Learn how to cook
  • Play pool with friends Play pool with friends
  • Join a band Join a band
  • Table football Table football
  • Gym Gym
  • Music lessons Music lessons
  • We are proud of our football team We are proud of our football team
  • Basketball club Basketball club
  • Air hockey Air hockey

Clubs, activities and sports are a fundamental part of the CATS experience. Dedicated staff encourage all our students to explore their abilities and gain vital communication and presentation skills – learning the value of teamwork, community and commitment.

At CATS we offer opportunities of a lifetime – from Maths Challenges to Duke of Edinburgh's Awards. Our city-centre location also opens up opportunities for our students to join local clubs and societies during their time at CATS.


We provide extensive global leadership programmes, activities and awards to expand your skills and prepare you for a successful future. 

  • The CATS Canterbury Leadership Award
    We strongly believe in developing leadership qualities in all our students that are transferable personal and employability skills. This award outlines your leadership skills, leading to a CATS College Medal and up to 70 UCAS points to assist your entry to university. 
  • Student council
    The Student Council is a dynamic body composed of elected student representatives of many nationalities, all with key roles to play including organising social events, debates and outings. 
  • Global Leadership
    Every year CATS Canterbury hosts a Global Leadership Day where you can learn how to apply leadership to all subjects, including arts, maths, science and psychology. It also gives you the chance to have fun and to make friends by taking part in activities like kayaking and cooking. 
  • Model United Nations
    This learning programme pulls together students from all over the world to address global concerns in a real world context. You will delegate at the Model UN Conference in New York and will be required to prepare papers in relation to a number of global issues, empowering you with the skills to be a responsible global citizen. 
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE)
    The DofE award is recognised across the world as a fun, creative but challenging adventure. The award focuses on pushing you personally, expanding your skillset and is great for your university application. You can take part in a range of activities focused around volunteering, physical participation, skills and expeditions. 
  • Young Enterprise
    Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills. With a group of students you will create a company with the support of a local Business Advisor to learn from their knowledge and expertise. Recent CATS students have won awards for best company, best logo, best marketing and the public speaking competition, beating British students.
  • Boarding Skills Award
    This award allows you to complete a range of challenges related to living on campus – covering health, household skills and the local environment. You will learn about what it means to be part of the boarding community and will develop the skills needed to succeed in the wider world once you leave CATS.
  • Heads of House
    Heads of Houses represent every student living in residences, covering everything from activities to behaviour and environment. You will receive Peer Mentoring training to support other students and help the student voice to be heard.
  • Sports Leaders Award
    This award aims to enable you to develop general leadership skills, increase your confidence and gives you the skills to assist with the delivery of sports activities for young people. 
  • Leadership for Medics
    CATS Canterbury launched the Global Leadership Day for Medics with top biologists from Oxford, Cardiff and St George’s Universities attending – giving you the opportunity to present and discuss your work.

Leadership course at the University of the First Age at Canterbury:

The UFA is a national education charity committed to enriching and extending learning for young people aged 5 to 25.

It aims to raise young people's aspirations and achievements by improving confidence

 and self-belief through exciting and memorable educational experiences.

Young people are supported through the UFA to become role models and leaders who develop and lead learning opportunities for others in their communities.

  • Open to students in positions of leadership within the school e.g. student council
  • Students develop their leadership qualities and learn how to manage / motivate themselves and others


Canterbury offers over 100 different activities run with students’ needs and aspirations in mind and are co-ordinated with student leaders from each House. 

Our dedicated Activities Team works to develop and run events throughout the year, including cultural evenings and weekend trips. The range of events and activities on offer enables students to discover their talents, ignite new passions, have fun and enhance skills as well as making new friends. 

Download the CATS Canterbury Baccalaureate booklet

CATS Clubs

CATS Clubs are run with students’ needs and aspirations in mind, and vary from leadership awards to Olympiad challenges, from the debating society to special cultural evenings from around the globe. Our Clubs build on students’ existing skills as well as nurturing new interests.

We aim to enrich our students and encourage them to develop their own opinions whilst having fun – with a lot of students developing their ability to take the lead through leadership awards, debating societies, Young Enterprise and many more clubs.


Our sports programme keeps students active and healthy, whilst enhancing their social and team building skills, and sometimes winning awards or competitions! The sports on offer vary between college and cater to all interests – from horse riding and basketball to table tennis and yoga. 

Student Council

The Student Council is chosen by our students, encouraging everyone to have a voice. Suggestion boxes encourage new ideas for future events and ensure that all our students know that their opinion can be heard.

Student Ambassadors

CATS Canterbury Student Ambassadors are engaged in all aspects of College life from creating yearbooks to participating in school, national and international conferences. 

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Certificate

Today's students need to stand out from the crowd to achieve the best university places. We offer the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Certificate to provide additional credit / UCAS points, and exciting personal development opportunities.

The award broadens skills and abilities beyond pure academics, which is highly sought after by universities.

  • Open to all students
  • Students take part in a number of fun activities that benefit the community as well as challenging them physically
  • Students have the opportunity to go on an adventure as part of a team
  • On completion, students achieve a nationally recognised and highly regarded award certificate

Extra credit / UCAS points at Canterbury

  • Available on an invite-only basis for highly motivated / Gifted & Talented students
  • Gives you 70 extra UCAS points! (equivalent to an AS level at A+)
  • Helps students achieve higher results and be more attractive to Universities and employers
  • Students take part in a number of activities related to communication, working with others, improving academic performance and problem solving


Sports activities and clubs:

Activities and clubs:

Leadership activities and awards:

  • Elite sports coaching
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Gym
  • Martial arts
  • Meditation
  • Netball
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Yoga
  • Art portfolio
  • Chess
  • Choir
  • College magazine and yearbook
  • Cookery
  • Craft/textiles
  • Dance/drama
  • Debating societies
  • Horse riding
  • Leadership awards
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Young Dragons Business Club
  • Young Enterprise
  • United Nations delegation in New York
  • Student ambassadors
  • Excelsis Award
  • Language Leadership Awards
  • Sports Leadership Awards
  • Maths Leadership Awards
  • The Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  • CATS Canterbury Global Leaders Award (worth 70 UCAS points)
  • Boarding Schools Award
  • Head of houses/student council

Our dedicated, family-orientated staff provide support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure students feel supported, and keep parents informed every step of the way.

  • Staff provide a comprehensive induction for all students Staff provide a comprehensive induction for all students
  • CATS medical team are on-hand to support students CATS medical team are on-hand to support students
  • House parents care for students 24/7 House parents care for students 24/7
  • Staff are always willing to help Staff are always willing to help
  • Staff support and guide students from day one Staff support and guide students from day one
  • House parents ensure that students settle in House parents ensure that students settle in

‘Tell Us!’ button

CATS Canterbury has won a national award for the 'Tell Us' button which encourages students to share 

feedback with our student support teams – who can then act to make students feel more comfortable. 

Personal Tutor

We want all our students to be happy and fulfil their potential at CATS. This is our students’ second home and if there is anything that worries them, we would like to help – for this purpose, we assign all students a Personal Tutor (PT) to guide and assist them in all areas of life at the college. Together with about 15 others, students form a Personal Tutor Group.

Students meet with their Personal Tutor frequently and have regular conversations to support their personal development – discussing all aspects of life, from personal wellbeing to aims and targets, challenges and accomplishments. Whenever students have a problem or question they can ask their Personal Tutor, and can also email any concerns or questions to them directly.

Personal Tutors will:

  • Be involved in student induction and the overview of their study programme
  • Provide emotional and social support
  • Monitor attendance and academic progress
  • Maintain student records and help to write UCAS references

Each programme of study also has a Programme Director (PD) – this is a senior teacher who oversees A level, UFP, IB or Pre/GCSE. The Personal Tutors are overseen by the Director of Personal Development who will meet parents and answer questions. If you're a parent, please email 

House Parents

Live-in house parents provide the highest standard of safety and pastoral care to grow an exciting and happy international community. 

They monitor the boarding side of the college supported by a highly qualified Welfare team and offer support to all students – including making teachers aware of issues that happen outside of college hours such as homesickness, trouble with homework or difficulties sleeping.

Welfare Officers

Welfare Officers will ensure that students have everything they need – offering advice on travel, culture shock, personal support and counselling.

CATS Canterbury welfare booklet

CATS Canterbury welfare booklet (Chinese - simplified)

CATS Canterbury welfare booklet (Traditional - HK)

Health Centre staff and College Matron

Our fully trained Health Centre staff and medically qualified College Matron manage the Health Centre and provide physical and emotional support to all CATS students, including:

  • Offering medicine and medical/health advice
  • Giving emotional support
  • Advising on sexual health, drugs and alcohol
  • Providing information on diet and healthy living
  • Assessing and provide treatment if required
  • Making referrals to Doctors, Dentists and other specialists
  • Helping, supporting and counselling in regards to personal issues

College Policies:

Canterbury Policies in Spanish

Canterbury Policies in Mandarin

CATS Extra English in Mandarin

Welfare Booklet in Mandarin

Canterbury Policies in Russian

Canterbury Policies in Japanese

Canterbury Policies in Kazakh

Canterbury Policies in German

Canterbury Policies in Italian

Canterbury Policies in Cantonese

CATS Extra English in Cantonese

Welfare Booklet in Cantonese

Canterbury Policies in French

Canterbury Policies in English

Canterbury Policies in Vietnamese

Canterbury Policies in Malay

Canterbury Policies in Albanian

Canterbury Policies in Korean

Canterbury Policies in Indonesian

Canterbury Policies in Portuguese

'CATS College Canterbury offers tuition in up to 26 different languages. If you would like a summary of the college policies in an additional language to those shown, we are happy to make it available for you. Please contact us via email.