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Information for new students about Greenwich Halls of Residence Accommodation

The halls will open for new arrivals at 10am on the Saturday of arrivals weekend. For most students this is the weekend prior to the start of the new academic year. Exact dates are located within the FAQ section of the website and in the correspondence sent with offers and acceptances and on your licence agreement. Please try and arrange to arrive between 10am and 5pm on either Saturday or Sunday. If your licence starts before or after 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 gr.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 staff prior to your arrival if you will be moving in late at night or in the early hours of the morning.

Cutty Sark Hall

On arrival go directly to Cutty Sark Hall, 1 Welland Street, Greenwich, SE10 9ED.

Very limited parking is available on the streets surrounding the hall and you should ensure someone is with you who can stay with the car while you unload. Please ensure you pay and display and due to the number of people arriving, move your car as soon as it is convenient to do so. Alternatively there is a council car park next to the hall and you can park on the university campus for a few hours over the weekend, which is a 5 minute walk to the hall. The hall is located adjacent to the Cutty Sark DLR station and on a number of bus routes. For further information please see below.

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.

Daniel Defoe Hall

On arrival go directly to Daniel Defoe Hall, 10 Lovibond Lane, Greenwich, SE10 9FY.

Very limited parking is available on the streets surrounding the hall and you should ensure someone is with you who can stay with the car while you unload, please ensure you pay and display where required and that you check the parking regulations and due to the number of people arriving, move your car as soon as it is convenient to do so. Alternatively there is a council car park near to the hall on Burney Street and you can park on the University campus for a few hours over the weekend, which is a 15 minute walk to the hall. The hall is located adjacent to the Greenwich  DLR  and rail station and on a number of bus routes. For further information please see below.

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.

Devonport House

On arrival go directly to Devonport House, 66-68 King William Walk Greenwich, SE10 9JW.

Very limited parking is available on the streets surrounding the hall and you should ensure someone is with you who can stay with the car while you unload, please ensure you pay and display and due to the number of people arriving, move your car as soon as it is convenient to do so. Alternatively there is a car park next to the hall (access is off King William Walk just before you get to the hall) and you can park on the University campus for a few hours over the weekend, which is a 5 minute walk to the hall. Please note that Greenwich is extremely busy and congested at the weekend, parking is limited and expensive and footpaths are busy! The hall is located a 10 minute walk from the Cutty Sark DLR or Greenwich DLR/rail stations and on a number of bus routes. For further information please see below.

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.

McMillan Student Village

On arrival go directly to McMillan Student Village, Creek Rd, Deptford, SE8 3BU.

Very limited parking is available on the streets surrounding the hall and you should ensure someone is with you who can stay with the car while you unload, please ensure you pay and display and due to the number of people arriving, move your car as soon as it is convenient to do so. Alternatively you can ask to bring your car on site at the hall for a short period when you arrive in order to unpack and you can park on the University campus for a few hours over the weekend, which is a 15-20 minute walk to the hall. The hall is located a 10 minute walk from the Cutty Sark or Greenwich DLR or Deptford rail stations and on a number of bus routes. For further information please see below.

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.

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.

Also note that Greenwich is extremely busy and congested at the weekend, parking is limited and expensive and footpaths are busy!

Further information

How to get to the Greenwich campus

Information available at www.gre.ac.uk/travel/gr.

Please ensure you plan your route before you leave home and if you have any queries contact staff no later than 4pm on Friday if you plan to move in over the weekend. Staff will not have access to phone or email during weekends.

Bedding, kitchen items and stationary shopping

As well as food, you can purchase bedding and kitchen items from Asda at Crossharbour, which takes 4 minutes to get to 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

Waitrose at Greenwich is a 5-10 minute walk from all the Halls, and is the largest food shop in the immediate area. Some kitchen equipment can also be purchased here. It is open between 7:00 – 22:00 on Monday through to Saturday, and 11:00 – 17:00 on Sunday.

A small Co-op and smaller Sainsbury's are both a 5-10 minute walk from the halls and located on Greenwich High Road. A Sainsbury's is also on site at the McMillan Student Village, open between 6:00 – 23:59 every day of the week. Co-op is also open every day, between 7:00 – 22:00. If you have an NUS card, a 10% discount is available from Co-op, occasionally rising to 20%.

Marks and Spencer is just around the corner from the Cutty Sark hall in the centre of Greenwich, and is located close opposite the Gipsy Moth pub, on the corner of Greenwich Church Street and Welland Street. It is open between 8:00 – 21:00 from Monday to Saturday and 9:00 – 20:30 on Sunday.

At Lewisham (7 minutes on the DLR from Cutty Sark station), Tesco is a 5-10 minute walk from the station, and is open 24 hours up to Saturday, when it closes at midnight. It is open on Sunday between 11:00 and 17:00.

Another 24-hour Asda superstore is located in Charlton, and is accessible via the 286, 180, or 177 bus from Greenwich (stops are close to all halls), which takes roughly 35 minutes. The opening hours are identical to the Asda in Crossharbour.

Restaurants and pubs

A short walk around the local area will give an idea of the variety of restaurants in Greenwich. In the local area you can find Tapas, Steakhouses, Nepalese and even Nando's.

Leisure facilities

The O2 arena, as well as being something to visit in its own right, hosts many restaurants, bars and activities, some of which are listed below. Numerous travel options are available, with North Greenwich station within the immediate vicinity of the O2, running trains on the Jubilee line, and the 127 and 188 buses (amongst others) which can be accessed from various stops around the Greenwich campus. However, if you fancy a walk or cycle, the Thames Path will take you directly along the river to the arena.

The Meantime Brewery Company is based in Greenwich, and tours of the brewery are available every day of the week (book ahead of time!) A short bus ride on the 129 or 188 from the University campus will take you to the Tunnel Avenue Lane stop on Blackwell Lane, just outside the brewery.

Whilst there are numerous gyms around the Greenwich area, PureGym is arguably the most accessible for most residents, with a gym situated on Greenwich High road and Lovibond lane, which is currently open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There are various cinemas located in and around the centre of Greenwich, with the Picturehouse the closest to the halls, located on Greenwich High Road, and offering a heavily discounted student membership. Inside the O2 arena you can find the Cineworld, which is a great option if you want dinner before or after the film, as your cinema ticket will also give you a discount in many of the restaurants in the arena. Lastly, the Odeon features Greenwich's only IMAX screen, and can be found a short walk from the o2. Alternatively, it can be accessed via the 129 bus, at the Odeon Greenwich Peninsula stop.

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 next to Devonport House and close to the other residences.

A great way to see London are the various cycle paths, and one of these, the Thames Cycle Path, runs right along the Greenwich bank of the Thames, and takes you well passed the Thames barrier.

If you haven't brought a bicycle with you, there is a Brompton Bike dock available on the University campus and within Defoe Hall. 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.

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.

If the stage is your thing, then make sure you check out Greenwich Theatre, an intimate venue located a stone's throw from Greenwich Park and the campus, just off Stockwell street. As well as professional productions, Greenwich Theatre is also the venue for many student productions.

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

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. A multitude of weekly events, society meetings and special events (such as a packed all-night Election 2015 event) 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, Bar Latitude 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.  Alternatively, at the Avery Hill campus, Sparrows Bar hosts frequent big club nights and live sports events.

With societies ranging from academic interests to musical performance, and a diverse set of sports clubs, you are bound to find something that piques 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*! 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.

Greenwich is served by three tube stations, across two lines. Cutty Sark and Greenwich operate on the Dockland Light Railway (DLR) line, whilst North Greenwich station operates on the Jubilee line. Watch out for Transport For London's (TFL) plans for a 24-hour service starting in September!

Greenwich, and London, in general is well linked by buses, with stops close to the Campus, and all of the local halls, as well as a fairly frequent night bus service. You can check TFL's website for bus timetables and routes. It's important to remember that buses no longer accept cash as payment, only an Oyster or travel card is valid.

Greenwich is also linked by train, with Greenwich station providing a service to central London stations and beyond. 

*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 in the residences are furnished with at least a  kettle and combi microwave, as well as an iron, ironing board and vacuum. Plates, cutlery, and crockery, pots and pans need to be brought with you.

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're there!),and say hi to everyone who comes passed! 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.