Eight Reasons to Study at Medway

Students are back where they belong and where better, than our beautiful and historic Medway Campus? Here, we list our top reasons for choosing to study at our culture-packed Medway campus….

1. Broaden your horizons!

One thing we love about the Medway campus is that you won’t just be sharing the campus with peers from the University of Kent. You will also get to meet and share experiences with students from the University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University.  All three universities come together to create the best student experience for all students at Medway – that’s three times the fun!

2. Everything you need is close by

There are a range of on and off-site facilities available to you. For food and drink you have the Pilkington Café and The Deep End on campus, but the Chatham Dockyard also has a range of restaurants a short walk away. Medway Park Sports Centre is just a short walk from campus and students can get a free membership when they stay in Pier Quays. Dedicated on-site learning, personal and IT support is also continuously available at the Drill Hall Library on campus, the longest in Europe

3. A hub for history

We are based at the Pembroke Campus, originally a Royal Naval shore which first opened in 1903 and has more recently been renovated into a 21st-century study space. Just a short walk away, you’ll find Chatham Dockyard where Horatio Nelson joined his first ship, and nearby Rochester, a favourite haunt of Charles Dickens. Quaint and historic buildings like Rochester Castle and Cathedral abound, which plays host to world famous events such as The Dickens Festival and Sweeps Festival.

4. Nearby accommodation at Pier Quays

Whilst Medway makes for a fantastic location for those who commute, it also offers fantastic living accommodation. Pier Quays’ modern flats are shared between five and eight students and every bedroom has an en-suite and double bed. Not only is it a short walk from the main campus, but it’s also located around a shopping plaza with a convenient Tesco Express, Domino’s Pizza and Subway.

5. Round the corner from London

From central London, one of the most well-known shopping capitals in the world, KBS Medway is about one hour drive. By rail it’s even faster, with high-speed services reaching Chatham in just 40 minutes which is great for anyone who wishes to commute to campus.

6. Sport, shopping and much more!

There is so much to do in Medway and the surrounding areas. Sports lovers can enjoy Gillingham FC, the Medway Dry Skiing centreice skating and Buckmore Park Go-karting.  For the shopaholics amongst us, Rochester is brimming with boutiques and vintage clothing stores, whilst Bluewater Shopping Centre is a 20-minute drive or bus ride away. For a more serene day out there are a host of country parks nearby for walking and cycling.

7.Innovation and creation

Fancy yourself as a bit of an entrepreneur or after a career in technological innovation? The Medway campus is set to become an internationally recognised centre for digital creativity, new technologies and performance and training opportunities. In 2024 Police Section House – a Grade II listed Scheduled Ancient Monument at The Historic Dockyard – will be transformed into a 21st Century creative industries’ accelerator space known as The Docking Station

8. A shuttle from Canterbury too…

During term-time, there is a shuttle bus that runs between the University of Kent’s Medway and Canterbury campuses every hour. It is free for students and staff and runs late into the night for those wanting to make the most of either Canterbury or Medway nightlife!

For a virtual tour of our Medway campus click here.

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