Moving in to Medway Halls of Residence

Find out when and how you can move in to student accommodation at the University of Greenwich's Medway campus. Dates, directions and tips for moving.

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 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 main arrival weekend staff will contact you with your specific arrival instructions.

If you have paid the £400 deposit before arrival, your room will be held for you for two weeks from the start of your licence period. Please note that you will be charged room fees from your licence start date, regardless of your move in date.

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 email at 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

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 email 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 arrivals outside of the main arrival weekend – please go directly to the hall reception Sodexo Office at Merlin House, Central Avenue, Chatham, ME4 4GW where you can check in with Sodexo staff during the day, or where you can meet the duty Resident Assistant (RA) to check in out of office hours. If RA is on patrol or dealing with a call, please call them on 07792654634 and wait for them to return to Sodexo Office.

What to bring

Bedding and towels:  Please bring your own towels and bedding as these items are not provided for you.

Plates, cutlery, and crockery do need to be brought with you along with pots and pans.

Every kitchen at Medway is furnished with at least a toaster, kettle and combi microwave, as well as an iron, ironing board and vacuum. If you bring your own electrical equipment, please also note that it must be fitted with a suitable and fused plug and must carry an internationally recognised certification mark. All equipment must be kept in a safe condition.

If you have any queries or concerns about what to bring, then please contact a member of the team. 

Bedding, kitchen items and stationary shopping

Why not take the hassle out of buying and transporting your bedding and kitchen items by pre-ordering from our friends at UniKitOut. All you need to do is CLICK HERE, choose the items you want, select your residence, then confirm and pay for your goods. The pack will then be pre-delivered directly to your residence, so it is there ready and waiting for you in your room when you arrive, leaving you to quickly settle into your new and exciting environment.

Don’t forget to enter promotional code: Greenwich10 to receive 10% off.

Contents insurance

It’s easy to underestimate the value of your possessions, and we're not just talking about your laptop and phone. Items such as your clothes, hairdryers and other smaller gadgets, like Fitbits and watches can all add up. The great news is that we include insurance for all the students who live with us, by partnering with Endsleigh, the No.1 student insurance provider.

Watch this video to understand your content insurance: Student insurance explained

What is My Endsleigh?

My Endsleigh  is a  personalised account area for your insurance policy.  Once registered, you can confirm the contents cover arranged by us, then instantly access your cover details and policy documents, as well as contact the claims team at any time.

It’s also packed with loads of useful products and information to help you through your first year at Uni, including:

  • My Uni - student city guides; Everything you’ll need to know about your new Uni town. From top eats to best nightlife, in one place
  • Student-friendly insurance products such as gadget, motor, and bicycle
  • 24-hour Wellbeing support

Register and you could win!

As a welcome treat, Endsleigh are giving away £100 a week for a year to one lucky student and you will also be automatically entered into the prize draw when you register for My Endsleigh, below:

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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).

Societies and the Students' Union

The Medway Campus is served by Greenwich Students' Union (GSU).

The Deep End is the central location for the GSU 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.