As the universities go into partial hibernation and the students begin to drift back to their hometowns, permanent residents have grown accustomed to seeing the annual scenes of mess they leave behind.
In areas heavily populated with students, there often an increase in the amount of rubbish which ends up on the street as students discard unwanted items.
This week roads on the Hales Place Estate have been particularly badly affected.
Mark Reid, 40, who has lived on the Estate almost all his life, said: “It’s not all students. We know that and some are good neighbours.
“But the fact is that if just one or two households are irresponsible, then a whole street can become messy. The bags end up being opened by animals which the wind then blows all over the place.
“And pretty soon you’ve got a whole street covered in mess.”
Two of the worst roads affected are Ulcombe Gardens off Headcorn Drive and Crossways off Tenterden Drive.
The estate is in the St Stephen’s ward, which is represented by the city council’s anti-litter champion Cllr Terry Westgate.
He said: “I actually don’t think the problem is as bad as it has been in previous years – but it could obviously be better.
“The problem is that what happens is that students leaving at the end of the year simply fill up bin bags with all their unwanted food waste.
“Instead of the waste going into the wheelie bins, it’s left in these bags which are then opened by animals, especially sea gulls and foxes.
“This has been an an ongoing problem for a number of years now and it looks like the weekend just gone is the big one for students moving out.
“Most of the landlords in Canterbury are quite responsible, but we need those that are not to play a bigger role in preventing situations like from developing.”
Anti-litter and cleaner Canterbury campaigners are also concerned that the end-of-year bin amnesty for student houses has developed into a kind of free-for-all for leaving rubbish out.
Sian Pettman, of the Friends of Kingsmead Field, said: “‘The mess is simply deplorable.
“It is totally demoralising for all long-term residents and very destructive for any sense of a shared community.
“The end of year bin amnesty in these areas should not become a licence for students, cleaners or landlords to dump anything at any time.
“It has to be tightly controlled or it will create more problems than it solves.”
Prof Rick Norman, of the St Michael’s Residents’ Association, has in the past advocated giving students lessons in clearing up after themselves.
He said: “Clearly there are issues that need to be addressed to improve the end of year bin amnesty arrangements. And it’s not going to work unless landlords take their share of the responsibility for their own property.”