Why move to Chatham in Kent?

Chatham in Kent is (arguably) the best town in Medway for students. Not only are the University of Kent AND Canterbury Christ Church University Medway campuses based there, it’s also home to the University of Greenwich as well as the University for the Creative Arts. 

A mere 42-minute train ride to London Victoria, its excellent transport links makes those trips home laden with dirty laundry all the easier. Plus, the nearby Medway towns Gillingham and Rochester are ridiculously close (less than ten minutes by car). 

But what else, other than a killer location, does Chatham have going for it for students? Coming up, we’ll share our favourite things about living in Chatham. 

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Things to do in Chatham for students

First up is the Historic Dockyard. Home to the Medway campuses for UKC, CCCU and the University of Greenwich, and also the filming location for Call The Midwife, the  Instagram-ready Dockyard is full of great things to do, and even has its own gin! Students get free entry into the Dockyard along with discounted tickets for up to five guests (in case you’re stuck for things to do during those parental visits). 

Chatham also has some great shops and restaurants, many based at the Pentagon Shopping Centre. For nights out, students and locals alike head to the Tap N Tin which is renowned for its cheap beer and good music. 


What about student jobs in Chatham, Kent?

There are retail, restaurant and bar jobs aplenty in Chatham (see above) so if you’re after a part time job to fund your student lifestyle, take your pick. With three Universities in the town, there are loads of on-campus jobs too. For more tips on finding part time jobs for students, take a look at this article


… and the student accommodation in Chatham?

With such a high student population, there’s loads of great and affordable student accommodation in Chatham. Your best bet would be to stick to the areas close to the various student campuses so look out for student accommodation in the city centre, the popular Dockyard and Brompton areas, or nearby Gillingham. 

Whether it’s shared student houses or private flats that you’re after, Student Places can help. We have a great selection of student accommodation located all over Medway. Get in touch to find out more. 

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Need more advice? Check out our guides…

Student Places has loads of guides for students right here on our website. From how to study at home and your kitchen cupboard essentials, to the best part time jobs for students and how to budget effectively, we’ve all you need to navigate the world of student lettings. 

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For more advice on finding your new student home, get in touch with Student Places today. 

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