Skip navigation

Information for new students about Avery Hill Student Village Accommodation

The halls will open for new arrivals at 10am on the Saturday prior to the start of the new academic year. Exact dates can be found within the FAQ section of the website, in the offer and acceptance correspondence sent with booking information and on your licence agreement. Please try and arrange to arrive between 10am and 5pm on either Saturday or Sunday during arrivals weekend. If your licence starts before or after the the main arrival weekend staff will contact you with your specific arrival instructions.

What if I cannot arrive on the day my licence starts?

If you cannot arrive on your licence start date please notify Accommodation Service staff via e-mail at ah.accommodation@gre.ac.uk. so we can provide with you with alternative arrival instructions. Please note if you arrive after 5pm you will still be able to take up residence but you should contact Accommodation Service before you come if your arrival will be late at night or in the early hours of the morning.

How to get to the halls

Information available at www.gre.ac.uk/travel/ah. Please plan your route before you leave home and contact staff no later than 4pm on Friday (if you are moving in at the weekend) if you need any assistance. Staff will not have access to phone or e-mail during weekends.

On arrival go directly to the Avery Hill Village. Parking is available on campus, please ensure you pay and display and due to the number of people using the site, move your car as soon as it is convenient to do so. 

Please note Saturday is usually the busier day so be prepared to queue to collect your keys. If you would prefer to avoid the queues you may find Sunday is quieter. 

You will be asked to show photo ID so please bring a passport or drivers licence with you. Only the person licensed to the room can collect the keys. 

Bedding, kitchen items and stationary shopping

Eltham High St is a 20minute walk from campus or a short bus ride, the 132 bus from Reifield road will take you to Bexleyheath shopping centre, and takes about 30 minutes to the Market Place stop. For bedding and kitchen, you'll find Marks and Spencer, BHS and Argos and Wilko stores, whilst you can purchase stationary from WHSmith.

A vast array of stationary and books are available at the John Smith's bookshop, which is located at the university's Mansion site and is just a 3 minute walk from the halls. On occasion, some required-reading books may be discounted.

Greenwich is accessible via the free university bus or the 286 bus. From Greenwich you can easily access Asda superstore at Crossharbour, which takes 4 minutes from Cutty Sark station on the DLR train, or is about a 25-35 minute walk. A backpack is recommended if walking or cycling. From Monday to Friday, Asda is open 24 hours, and is open until 22:00 on Saturday, and between 10:00 – 17:00 on Sunday.

John Smith's bookshop provides stationary (including most books set as required reading) and is located on campus. It is open between 9:00 - 17:30 on Monday through to Thursday, and 9:00 – 17:00 on Friday.

Westfield shopping centre at Stratford hosts various stationary and home and furniture shops and can be easily accessed via the Cutty Sark DLR station in under 30 minutes.

The Students' Union holds a trip to Ikea during Fresher's week, you can look out for details when you arrive at University.

Food shopping

The most easily accessible food shops for the halls are the Tesco Express, which is open until midnight, and the Sainsbury's Superstore, both located on Eltham High Street, a short walk from the halls. Alternatively, the 162 and 286 bus will take 5 minutes to the High Street. Also available on the High Street is a greengrocers.

Restaurants and pubs

Taking the 132 bus from Reifield road to North Greenwich will give you access to a number of bars and restaurants at the o2 arena, including Byron, Gaucho, Five Guys, Cabana and Nando's. Walking on and around Eltham High Street is the best way to get an idea of the variety of cuisine available, which includes Nepalese, Indian, Chinese, and a good few pubs.

Leisure facilities

The Tenpin Bowling alley in Bexleyheath is a 30 minute bus ride away, taking the B13 bus from Restons Crescent to Bexleyheath Library.

Bluewater shopping centre boats over 300 stores, is a little over an hour away, and is accessible by a number of bus and train routes. If you're planning to visit tfl.gov.uk to plan your journey.

Avery Hill Park is a lovely spot to take a run or just sunbathe with your friends, and is so close to the halls (it's on that campus) that it would be a shame not to use it to take advantage of sunny days!

Gym memberships at Avery Hill are just £100 for the year, though a £90 offer runs during the Freshers Fortnight - keep your eyes open if you're interested!

If you haven't brought a bicycle with you, there is a Brompton Bike dock available at the Avery Hill Village. Costing only £10 for the year, the Brompton bikes are an excellent way to make use of the cycle paths, get to lectures, or do a quick, small food run.

Amongst "London's best art deco buildings" (according to the Telegraph) Eltham Palace is a building that definitely should be visited during your stay at Avery Hill Halls. The Palace is just a 30 minute walk away.

Swimming is available at the Eltham Centre, as well as a gym, sauna and other activities and is located just off of Eltham High Street, on Archery Road.

Named after the comedian of the same name, The Bob Hope Theatre stages a variety of plays and stand-up comedy, and is also just a stone's throw from Eltham High Street on Wythfield Road. Tickets are available online, as well as in the theatre itself.

Near the Greenwich campus, a favourite spot of many local students is Greenwich Park, home to the Meridian Line, The National Maritime Museum, and the Royal Greenwich Observatory and one of the very best views in London. It's also a fantastic place to relax, with a deer sanctuary, flower gardens, and the general things that one can expect from a park, including tennis courts and the space to kick a ball. It is located just 5 minutes from the university.

Also in Greenwich, for some amazing street food, Greenwich Market is a great option. With Thai, Portuguese, Brazilian and German amongst the varieties of international cuisine, and specialised stalls ranging from raw food to roast dinners, there is an astounding selection on offer. The different vendors change each day, but you can check online for the scheduled times that a particular stall is at the market. Also at the market are various art, antique and fashion shops, as well as much more. 

There are many other things to do in and around Greenwich (as well as the rest of London, of course) and a great place to start exploring further is the Tourist Information Centre, which can be found near to John Smith's bookshop on the University campus.

Societies and the Students' Union

At the Avery Hill campus, Sparrows Bar hosts frequent big club nights and live sports events. A multitude of weekly events are hosted here, but it is also a place to go and eat, drink and relax after lectures or on days off. During Fresher's Week, Sparrows Bar will be an excellent place to meet other new and existing students, and get to know the people you'll be living and studying with.

In Greenwich, Bar Latitude is the current home of the University of Greenwich Student's Union, and is the primary place for student social gatherings situated in Greenwich. Society meetings and special events (such as a packed all-night Election 2015 event take place throughout that year at Bar Latitude.  

With societies ranging from academic interests to musical performance, and a diverse set of sports clubs, you are bound to find something that takes your interest. If you're unsure about joining a society, the Fresher's Fair is the best place to explore your options, with most societies represented and available for a chat, you can even sign up for society membership then and there!

Public transport

An Oyster card is critical to transport in London, you can't get on a bus or tube without one* unless you have a UK bank debit card with a contactless facility. If you don't have an Oyster card, you can get one at the Tourist Information Centre located next to the John Smith's Bookshop on campus, or from most stations. You can also link your Oyster to a 16-25 railcard to receive a discount on all journeys, should you have one.

The halls are served immediately by several bus routes, which you can take to various other modes of public transport. Available from the halls are:

  • The 286 to Cutty Sark via Blackheath.
  • The 162 to Eltham Station or New Eltham station, from which you can take a south eastern train into central London.
  • The 132 to North Greenwich links with the Jubilee line.

*A travel card is a possible alternative, but is usually more expensive.

What to bring

Bedding and towels:  Please bring your own towels and bedding as these items are not provided for you, if you cannot bring bedding with you staff will be able to give you information about the nearest shops or purchase points. Please contact staff before arrival if you will be arriving from overseas late at night (or after 3pm on Sunday) and are concerned you may not have bedding for your first night in hall. 

Every kitchen at Avery Hill is furnished with at least a toaster, kettle and combi microwave, as well as an iron, ironing board and vacuum. Plates, cutlery, and crockery do need to be brought with you along with pots and pans.

What to expect

After unpacking your things, the best thing to do is to get to know the people who are living around you. A great way to meet people is simply to leave your door open (as long as you are in the room!),and say hi to everyone who comes past! There are a huge number of activities to get stuck in to during Fresher's Week, which is a great time to meet new people and try new things.