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Medway and the region
I wanted to be close to London and the Medway campus at Kent was the ideal location.
Medway is a bustling area with lots of things to see and do; there are outstanding sports facilities, exciting arts programmes and buildings of historic significance. Kent’s Medway students are eligible for concessions at many of Medway Council’s leisure centres, entertainment venues and attractions.
Medway has excellent road and rail links. The Canterbury campus is 30 miles away and a free shuttle bus runs regularly between the two campuses during term-time.
History, culture and leisure
Medway has a rich and fascinating history. Rochester Castle was one of the first large stone keeps built by William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest, while Rochester Cathedral – where Kent holds its Medway graduation ceremonies – is more than 1,400 years old, the second oldest cathedral in the United Kingdom.
Medway also has a long and distinguished naval history. For instance, the first ship built at Chatham Dockyard took part in the defeat of the Armada; Lord Horatio Nelson joined his first ship at Chatham; and his famous flagship, The Victory, was built here.
One of Medway’s most famous inhabitants was Charles Dickens, who lived in Chatham as a child, and later at Gadshill Place in Rochester for 14 years until his death. The Medway region also features in many Dickens novels and every year the Dickens Festival celebrates his legacy.
Kent’s Medway campus is part of Chatham Maritime and The Historic Dockyard, Chatham. The Chatham Maritime area has received a huge investment in recent years and includes a multiplex cinema, a large retail outlet and a number of bars and restaurants, all within walking distance of the main campus.
Medway has excellent road and rail links and is well served by the M2, M20 and M25 motorways. Heathrow and Gatwick airports, the Channel ports of Dover and Ramsgate and the Channel Tunnel are all about an hour’s drive from the campus. There are direct rail links to London Victoria and Charing Cross – approximately 45 minutes’ journey time. Ebbsfleet International station is just 30 minutes from the campus, and from there you can be in London in under 20 minutes and Paris or Brussels in just over two hours.