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Arriving at the Medway campus

This section gives you all the essential informaiton you need about getting to the campus and Liberty Quays to ensure a stress-free Arrivals Weekend.

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When to arrive

You should plan to arrive the weekend of 19-20 September 2015 (Arrivals Weekend).

If you will be arriving after Arrivals Weekend, you should notify Liberty Quays direct by email at

Parking at Liberty Quays (Arrivals Weekend)

Please note that there is no parking available over Arrivals Weekend. Please call Liberty Quays on +44 (0) 1634 853285 in order to book a move-in appointment (this will include a 15 minute drop-off slot in the car park)

During Arrivals Weekend, a minibus shuttle will be running between the Medway campus and Liberty Quays between 9.00 - 15.00.

We advise that you unload your belongings and then move your car to the Drill Hall Library car park on the University campus where free parking is offered to University of Kent visitors. During Arrivals Weekend the Drill Hall Library car park barrier will be open for parking and is ten minutes walk from Liberty Quays.

Addresses for satellite navigation:

  • Liberty Quays student accommodation: Liberty Quays, Blake Avenue, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 1FL
  • Medway campus: University of Kent, Medway Building, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4AG

Parking on campus (at all other times)

The University of Kent promotes itself as a Green University and aims to reduce single car occupancy as part of its Travel Plan.


Parking is severely restricted at the Medway campus. Students residing at Liberty Quays or within the local exclusion zones are not entitled to park on campus, with the exception of those who require a vehicle for accessible parking, medical reasons or have an exceptional circumstance.

Accessible parking bays are available for those with restricted mobility but you must display the appropriate University of Kent permit as well as your blue badge.

Further information about parking or student travel discounts on local buses information can be found here

If you are living in University accommodation

Once your accommodation is confirmed, Liberty Living will supply you with all documentation for your accommodation. Please remember to bring a form of personal identification (eg a passport), which will be required before you can collect your keys from the reception at Liberty Quays. You must ensure that you have completed all aspects of your online agreement prior to arrival. Failure to do this will result in you being delayed from accessing your accommodation.

Download the Liberty Living Guide (pdf)

TBC: We advise that you unload and then move your car to the Drill Hall Library car park on the University campus where free parking is offered to University of Kent visitors.  A shuttle service between Liberty Quays and this car park is in operation over the arrivals weekend.


If you are not living in University accommodation

If you will not be living in University accommodation, you should still come to the Medway campus over Arrivals Weekend (19-20 September 2015) to complete your registration.

It is also important that you attend Welcome Week which commences on Monday 21 September 2015. Your academic school will be hosting a number of induction events that will ease the transition into studying at Kent and you will get to know the people on your course. There’s also lots of activities and events run by the students’ union that will help you settle in and have some fun.

If you need further information or assistance with finding private sector accommodation, you can contact the University’s Accommodation Office (+44 (0)1227 766660 or by email at

Arriving outside of the specified dates/times

If you will be arriving very late at night or in the early hours outside of the times listed on the key dates page (for September 2015 arrivals only), you should book a local hotel or guest house accommodation and move in the following day. Guest house or hotel accommodation in Medway can be booked via the Visit Medway website



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Last Updated: 05/06/2015