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These pages give you some practical information about how to get to the Canterbury and Medway campuses from within the UK and if you're travelling from overseas.

Parking at the Canterbury campus

Parking is available over Arrivals Weekend for parents, carers or friends who may be helping you move in to your accommodation (parking is restricted at all other times). If you are a Blue Badge holder, accessible bays are available near to your accommodation and across the campus. Ensure you display your badge at all times.

Unloading permit (Canterbury)

If you have been offered on-campus accommodation at Canterbury and you are arriving by car, you will be required to obtain and print an Unloading Permit. This allows you to park for approximately 20 minutes within the unloading area nearest to your accommodation. You will then need to move your vehicle. Full information about parking and unloading over Arrivals Weekend will be provided within the accommodation online induction.

Obtaining your Unloading Permit

Complete the online accommodation induction within your ‘MyAccommodation’ profile to obtain your Unloading Permit. On arrival, please be sure to display your permit clearly in your windscreen.

Postcodes for accommodation unloading areas

SymbolLocationPostcode
EEliot College and Becket CourtCT2 7NP
KKeynes CollegeCT2 7NP
PFPark Wood FlatsCT2 7WU
PHPark Wood HousesCT2 7SG
RRutherford and Darwin CollegesCT2 7NZ
TTyler CourtCT2 7NZ
TUTuring CollegeCT2 7FN
WWoolf CollegeCT2 7BQ

See our Directions for travel page if you are travelling by bus or train.

Getting to Canterbury by car

The campus is less than two miles from Canterbury city centre. It can be accessed by road from the west via A290 Whitstable Road or from the east via St Stephen’s Hill.

From London, the North and East Anglia (via M25 clockwise): Exit the M25 at junction 2 onto the A2 Canterbury. Continue on A2/M2 and exit at junction 7 then follow signs to Canterbury.

From the West and South-West (via M25 anticlockwise): Exit the M25 at junction 5 and continue on M26(M20) signposted Maidstone. Exit the M20 at junction 7 onto A249 Sheerness. Exit left onto M2 for Canterbury, exit the M2 at junction 7 then follow signs to Canterbury.

From Canterbury to the campus: Via A2 eastbound/London: Rheims Way, London Road, Whitstable Road, University Road.
Via A2 westbound: Wincheap, Rheims Way, London Road, Whitstable Road, University Road.

Parking at Medway

There is limited parking at Liberty Quays.

If you are moving in on Arrivals Weekend (14/15 September), please contact Liberty Quays ahead of your arrival on +44 (0) 1634 853285 to book a 15-minute slot to unload your vehicle.

Once your vehicle is unloaded, you will need to move your car to the Pembroke site on the Medway campus and park in the Drill Hall car park. A free shuttle service will be operating between 09.00-15.30 on 14 and 15 September to take you to and from the campus to Liberty Quays. The walk from the Drill Hall car park to Liberty Quays is along Pier Road and takes approximately ten minutes.

Getting to Medway by car

From London, the North and East Anglia (via M25 clockwise) and from the West and South-West (via M25 anticlockwise): Exit M25 at junction 2 signposted A2 Canterbury, where the A2 becomes the M2 at junction 1 leave the motorway and continue on the A2 signposted Gillingham. Follow the brown anchor signs for the Historic Dockyard and Chatham Maritime via the A289 and the Medway Tunnel. Take the first exit directly after emerging from the tunnel, turn right at the end of slip road, leading up Maritime Way towards Chatham. The campus entrance is the first exit at the next roundabout, signposted Pembroke and Universities at Medway.

From the South-East: Leave M2 at junction 4 signposted Gillingham. Follow the brown anchor signs for the Historic Dockyard and Chatham Maritime via the A278, A2 and A289. Take the last exit just before the Medway Tunnel, signposted Chatham and Historic Dockyard. At the end of the slip road, turn left up Maritime Way towards Chatham. The campus entrance is the first exit at the next roundabout, signposted Pembroke and Universities at Medway.

Postcodes for satellite navigation

LocationPostcode
Liberty Quays, Blake Avenue, Gillingham, KentME7 1FL
Medway campus (Pilkington Building, Pembroke site)ME4 4AG

See our Directions for travel page if you are travelling by bus or train.

Travelling from outside the UK

Coach transfer

Staff will be at Heathrow and Gatwick airports on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September. They will be able to meet international students whose flights arrive at either of these airports from 05.00 until 17.00 each day. Please make sure that when you book your flight, that you book to arrive at Heathrow or Gatwick between 05.00 and 17.00.

More our the coach transfer service

Travelling independently using public transport

Our Travel information leaflet has lots of useful information about travelling to the University from Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports as well as details of Eurostar services and the National Express coach service.

Download the travel information leaflet (pdf)

Taxis

We suggest that you do not use the licensed black taxis that wait outside each airport terminal. They are priced using the taxi meter and are usually very expensive. 

Find out how to book a taxi from the airport
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