St Augustine’s College of Theology – Locations
St Augustine’s College of Theology is based in South East England, and most of our students come from Kent, Sussex, Essex, Surrey and London. We work closely with the dioceses of London, Southwark, Canterbury, Rochester, Chichester, Guildford, Oxford and Chelmsford.
Our 2 main teaching centres are at Malling Abbey, in mid-Kent (also our main administrative centre) and at Trinity House, Southwark, very close to London Bridge station.
When you choose your theology course, you also have the choice to study part-time or full-time, and through teaching days at Malling or evenings at Southwark. Whichever base or mode of study you choose for your theology course, there are frequently opportunities to visit, study and use the facilities at the other centre, and you will always be warmly welcomed.
Malling Abbey is our tranquil site in mid-Kent, which we share with the community of Benedictine sisters who have called it home for many decades. Although located on the outskirts of the rural Kentish village of West Malling, it’s within easy reach of road and rail links, making it a surprisingly convenient study base for students from Kent, London, Essex and beyond. Malling is also home to our administrative staff and main library facilities. Our students (whether they’ve chosen to study theology here or in Southwark) are always welcome to use the study space. We use the 14th century Pilgrim Chapel for our daily worship, and are invited by the Benedictine sisters to participate in their daily worship in their guest chapel.
Trinity House offers a complete contrast to Malling, being just off bustling Borough High Street in the heart of Southwark. Studying here offers an easily accessible centre for many of our London-based students, and for those who prefer to study in a city environment. It holds its own library collection, and some study space is available.
Accessing library resources from either of our centres is very straightforward, and our librarian will always be happy to help you find what you need, either in our own collections, or through inter-library borrowing schemes.
Our residential weekends for Ordained Ministry students and Licensed Lay Ministry are held at various locations in Kent, including our centre at Malling Abbey and Ashburnham Place, near Battle; and The Friars, Aylesford.
Annual Residential Week
For the annual residential week, we stay at the King’s School, Canterbury, and enjoy the classroom facilities of Christ Church University. We also hold our daily worship in the Canterbury Cathedral, which many of our students have consider to be a highlight of the year.