New students

Arriving at the Medway campus

Students living at Liberty Quays accommodation will find information below about what do to when you arrive in Medway, including how to find accommodation for friends and family who may be travelling with you.

For all accommodation enquiries please contact the Accommodation Office on +44 (0) 1227 766660, or Liberty Quays direct on +44 (0) 1634 853285 or you can also contact them by email.

Arriving at Medway

If you will be arriving at Liberty Quays very late at night or in the early hours, it may be possible for you to move into your accommodation, providing this has been pre-arranged with Liberty Quays. Please contact them directly using the contact details above to arrange a scheduled arrival slot.

Alternatively, you can book a local hotel or guest house accommodation and move in the following day (see the 'Hotels/guest houses' tab).

Arriving at other times during the year

If you are arriving at another time of the year you will be notified of your arrival date and time.

Transport and Parking (Arrivals)

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  • 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

If you are not arriving by car, please see our website for details of getting to the campus by public transport.

If you are arriving by car, you are able to park at Liberty Quays for unloading only and then you will need to move your vehicle to the Drill Hall car park. Please contact the Transport Team if this is on a weekday so we can make sure you are let in through the barrier at the Drill Hall car park.

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.

Further travel information can be found on our website Keep up to date by following @unikent_travel on twitter.


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**. 

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.
Parking is allocated through a ballot process. As the ballot has already passed, anyone who requires parking on campus will need to apply through Exceptional Circumstances. More details can be found on our website.

Students living in University accommodation

Once your accommodation is confirmed, Liberty Living will supply you with all documentation for your accommodation. Please remember to bring your accommodation agreement and 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. Please refer to Liberty Living's 'A Guide to Living: Essential Information for Tenants' document for further information.

Liberty Quays opening hours: Monday to Friday 08.00 - 17.00

Students not living in University accommodation

If you will not be living in Liberty Quays, you should arrive at the Medway campus in time for the start of term (Monday 15 January 2018). If you need further information or assistance with finding private sector accommodation, you can contact the University’s Accommodation Office (T: +44 (0)1227 766660 or E:

Hotel and guest house accommodation

We regret there is no on-campus accommodation for family and friends. If you require accommodation for family and friends you are advised to book hotel or guest house accommodation well in advance. Information on local guest houses and hotels close to the campus can be found using the links below:

Medway Visitor Information Centre

T: +44 (0) 1634 338141

Bed and breakfast, hotel and guest house accommodation directory

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Last Updated: 29/01/2018