Your guide to student accommodation in Medway

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Why Medway is great for students


1) It’s close to London

Wherever you’re based in Medway, there’s usually a direct train into London which takes under an hour. So, no matter if you’re in Gillingham, Chatham, Rochester, Rainham, or Strood, you’re always a single train journey away from the capital. For somewhere so close to the Big Smoke, rents and living costs are comparatively cheap. 

2) It’s full of higher learning institutions

Wherever you choose to study, Medway has more than its fair share of great places to learn – which is why it attracts so many students. Ans, as you’d imagine, with so many students there are some great draws to each of the Medway towns that service them. From nights out at pubs and clubs to sedate walks around historic grounds and quayside docks, Medway is a great place to be a student. 

3) It’s full of GREAT student accommodation

There are loads of great options for well-positioned and affordable student accommodation in Gillingham, Chatham, and the rest of the Medway region. Whether it’s shared student houses or private flats that you’re after, we have loads of options all over Medway. Just check out our student lettings page to find your next home-from-home. 

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Know your options: where to live in Medway?



For the easiest access to the University of Kent (UKC) and Canterbury Christ Church’s Medway campuses, Chatham is your best bet. It’s ideally situated within minutes of each university and is a-buzz with studenty vibes.

Easily one of the nicest parts of Chatham is The Historic Dockyard – home to some incredible museums and warships, not to mention the walking tour of the Call the Midwife set AND it forms part of the UKC Medway campus. Students receive free admission into the dockyard, with discounted admission for up to five others so there’ll always be something to do on those weekend visits from the parents. 



As well as Chatham, Gillingham is a pretty convenient base for trips to the Medway campuses for UKC and Canterbury Christ Church University, as well as UCA Rochester and the University of Greenwich. With so many universities nearby, lots of local landlords are providing student accommodation – and Student Places has access to some of the best. 

Being a student in Gillingham is packed full of benefits. Let’s start with the entertainment options when you’re out of lectures: there are lots of pubs and clubs in the town centre, as well as parks and playing fields and some free attractions, including the Royal Engineers Museum. For sports fans, there’s a local EFL League One football team (go ‘Gills’) as well as a stadium. What’s more, you’re only an hour away from London. 



A few miles to the east of the University of Greenwich campus, and even closer to UCA Rochester, the historic town of Rochester is teeming with heritage. Leading the charge is Rochester Cathedral, England’s second oldest and the venue for all graduation ceremonies from the Medway campus. You’ll love whiling away hours in between seminars within its capacious grounds and castle ruins. 

With excellent links to London and the rest of Kent, and lots to do in the town itself, Rochester is a great place to live. There are some fantastic pubs in the town, as well as a club (Casino Rooms) and lots of coffee shops and greasy spoons for the morning after!


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