If your grown child is now ready for college, why not check out some of the unique institutions of knowledge available in the exciting United Kingdom? Of course, you can’t go to college with your son or daughter, but what if you could stay close by during the next four years? Consider purchasing a small home or condo in the same town or somewhere nearby, and you have a built-in accommodation for visits or holiday; later it may become a permanent resident for your college graduate or at least a vacation rental.

Canterbury

Canterbury

Hidden amidst castles and artifacts in Canterbury is the University of Kent. Like a giant park, the campus allows students to meander through forests and fields. Although the self-contained campus is one of the safest in the UK and offers plenty to do, students can easily walk Canterbury’s town center to explore the city’s medieval history, shop, or sample its myriad of eateries. A bike ride away is a rolling countryside complete with rivers, gardens, and a nature preserve.The University for the Creative Arts often hosts exhibitions and performances that allow students to express themselves and give visitors a cultural experience. At the Girne American University, students can focus on a variety of subjects; curriculums also allow study at one of its sister schools in the United States or Asia.

Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-AvonThe historic and poetic setting of Stratford-upon-Avon is expounded by the references to William Shakespeare. His birthplace is a popular tourist destination, and this hamlet’s picturesque buildings and intriguing attractions make it an ideal place to set up camp for four years. Several theaters showcase performances year-round, and the historic streets along the river are punctuated with cultural attractions, shops, and charming cafes.

Stratford-upon-Avon College offers modern facilities, an excellent library, and an outstanding IT center, all minutes from the town center. A stone’s throw away is the University of Warwick. With its lakes, woods, and landscaped gardens, it’s an idyllic and peaceful place to learn. Though nestled into a nature-laden time lapse, the campus feels cosmopolitan, with its unique arts center and contemporary architecture.

Brighton

Brighton

A popular resort town, Brighton is a tranquil seaside escape in one of the sunniest parts of England. After an easy train ride from London, visitors can stroll along its pebbled beach, visit an 11th-century church, or take a longer walk to the impressive Brighton Pier. The Royal Pavilion showcases exotic art with magnificent architecture and lush gardens. Boaters and windsurfers can entertain themselves at the Hove Lagoon.The University of Brighton offers a wide range of courses and opportunities. The career-focused school prepares students for the next step of life in the real world. The highly ranked University of Sussex offers exciting combinations for the diversified student whose interests are not limited to one field. The campus is set upon rolling hills at the edge of Brighton, and surrounded by the South Downs National Park.

The charm and open friendliness of these UK towns will lure you in and implore you to relax and enjoy their beautiful beaches and countryside. Coupled with some of the finest colleges in the world, the settings lend themselves to higher knowledge and nurtured creativity.

Photo Credits: The Cloisters, Canterbury Cathedral by Randolph Croft/flickr; Stratford Upon Avon Town Center by Martin Pettitt/flickr; Brighton Pier by Kjunstrom/flickr