Plan your arrival
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.
When to arrive
You should plan to arrive the weekend of 17-18 September 2016 (Arrivals Weekend).
If you will be arriving after Arrivals Weekend, you should notify Liberty Quays direct by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parking at Liberty Quays (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)
We advise that you unload your belongings at Liberty Quays, and then move your car to the Drill Hall car park on the University campus, where a free shuttle service will be operating between 09.00 and 15.30 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.
Addresses for satellite navigation:
- Liberty Quays student accommodation: Liberty Quays, Blake Avenue, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 1FL
- Medway campus (for the Drill Hall car park): University of Kent, North Road, Chatham Maritime, Kent ME4 4AG
Transport and 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 and has excellent transport links within the local area as well as to and from London and Europe.
The Universities at Medway work together with Arriva Bus Company to make student travel even more affordable across the West Kent and East Sussex area. University of Kent students can purchase a substantially discounted bus pass or tickets.
The bus pass allows travel on all Arriva services in Kent and East Sussex, not just within the Medway area. To take advantage of these fares you need to have your KentOne card. Further information, including details on how to obtain these discounts, can be found on our Travel Discount webpage.
Parking is severely restricted at the Medway campus. If you live within the following postcodes, including the student accommodation ‘Liberty Quays’, you are not eligible to apply for a parking permit:
ME1 1**, ME4 3**, ME4 4**, ME4 5**, ME4 6**, ME7 1**, ME7 2**, ME7 4** and ME7 5**.
If you reside outside of the above postcode areas you can enter into the parking ballot, after 17 September 2016 and once you have fully registered at the University. Further information about who can apply for a permit and the parking ballot can be found on our website.
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.
If you are living in University accommodation
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)
Unloading your belongings and collecting your room key
- Arrive as per your allotted time (see Parking at Liberty Quays (Arrivals Weekend)), collect your room key from Liberty Quays reception and unload your vehicle
- Please have your photographic ID available to show to the receptionist on arrival. You will need to show this before you will be allowed into your accommodation
- Move your car to the Drill Hall car park on the University campus, where a free shuttle service will be operating between 09.00 and 15.30 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.
Please make your way to the Medway campus and the Pilkington Building to register and collect your KentOne card. If you need to go back to Liberty Quays, you can use the free shuttle service. Our student tweeters will be monitoring the queues and giving live updates, so make sure you're following them @UKMStudentLive
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 (17-18 September 2016) to complete your registration.
It is also important that you attend Welcome Week which commences on Monday 19 September 2016. 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 social 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 email@example.com).
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 2016 arrivals only), you should contact Liberty Quays on +44 (0) 1634 853285 or by email in advance so they can make the necessary arrangements for your arrival.
If you are planning to arrive before 17-18 September 2016, please contact Liberty Quays on +44 (0)1634 853285. Subject to availability and individual circumstances, you may be able to move into your room ahead of Arrivals Weekend.