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Information for new students about Medway Halls of Residence 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 my licence start date?

If you cannot arrive on the date your licence starts please notify Accommodation Service staff via e-mail at me.accommodation@gre.ac.uk . Please note if you arrive after 5pm you will still be able to take up residence but you should contact Accommodation Service if your arrival will be late at night or in the early hours of the morning.

How to get to the halls

Information on travelling to Medway is available at www.gre.ac.uk/travel/md.

Please plan your route before you leave home and contact staff no later than 4pm on Friday if you need any assistance and are moving in during the weekend. Staff will not have access to phone or e-mail on the weekends.

New arrivals should go directly to the halls of residence (located at the end of Central Avenue on the Medway campus) where you will find accommodation staff ready to welcome you. You will be asked to show photo ID so please bring a passport or driver's licence with you. Only the person licensed to the room can collect the keys. Although limited parking is available on campus over the move-in weekend, we do ask that your stay is kept to a minimum to allow adequate space for others arriving later in the day.

For those arriving between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, please report to the Accommodation Service Centre located in room 050 Blake Building where staff will complete your move-in documentation. 

If you intend to arrive after 5pm on any day, you must inform the Medway Accommodation Service to arrange the out-of-hours collection of your room keys.

Local facilities

The Dockside Outlet Centre is a 5 min walk from campus and hosts a number of restaurants including Nandos, Zippers and Chimichanga, two gyms, a multi-screen Odeon cinema, the Dickens World Centre and a variety of shops including The Range where you will be able to purchase bedding, kitchen items and stationery.

A 10-15 minute bus ride or 25-35min walk will take you to the town centre of Chatham, with its Pentagon Shopping Centre, or Gillingham. Both town centre provide a full range of shops and banks.

Food shopping

The most easily accessible food shops for halls are the Co-op supermarket on St Mary's Island (10 min walk), a new Asda superstore on the Chatham Waters development (10 min walk) or Tesco Express (10-15min walk).

Restaurants and pubs

At the Dockside Outlet Centre you will also find Pizza Hut, Subway and Boomers, as well as Creams Cafe. There is a fish and chip shop near to the Co-op supermarket and The Ship and Trades Pub on St Mary's Island also serves a varied food and drinks menu.

Leisure facilities

There is a tenpin bowling alley in the Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham a 10 minute bus ride away.

Bluewater shopping centre boast over 300 stores, is a 20min drive from campus and takes around an hour by bus.

If you haven't brought a bicycle with you, there is a Brompton Bike dock available on campus. 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.

As well as the two gyms at the Dockside Outlet, swimming and other sporting activities are available at the Medway Park Sport and Leisure Facility located in Gillingham, a 20min walk from campus.

Porters Bar & Britannia Theatre in Dickens World hosts live weekly entertainment, including live bands, karaoke and themed nights.

There are many other places to visit near campus, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Rochester Castle and Cathedral, Rochester hosts a number of different festivals in its historic streets, Sweeps Festival, Dickens Festival, as well as Dickensian Christmas markets.

Societies and the Students' Union

The Medway Campus is served by the Greenwich and Kent Students' Unions Together.

The brand new Student Hub opening in September will become the central location for the GK Unions service and the heart of the Medway Campus providing students with entertainment, social and activity space.

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

There is a bus stop just outside the campus entrance where buses (140/141) run every 10 minutes to Chatham Railway Station, with its links to London and the Kent coast. This bus route continues from Chatham to Rochester.

The 116 bus service runs through campus every half an hour and goes to Gillingham town centre, Medway Maritime hospital, Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre and Rainham. Buses run from outside the campus to other modes of public transport.

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 Medway is furnished with at least a toaster, kettle and microwave, as well as an iron, ironing board and vacuum. You will need to bring your own plates, cutlery, crockery 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.