Why move to Gillingham?

Home to the League One football club (go Gills!) and within easy distance to both the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church campuses, the Medway town of Gillingham is a popular haunt for students. It has a bustling high street, teeming with bars and restaurants, and more sports facilities than you can shake a stick at, Plus Gillingham is huge, meaning there’s lots of student housing at affordable prices. With great transport links to boot, what else does this thriving Medway town have going for it?

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Where is Gillingham close to?

Chatham is an easy 5-10 minute drive away and although the University campuses are *technically* located here, Gillingham is still within easy reach. A little further and you’ll reach the historic town of Rochester, which was famously once home to Charles Dickens. 

Why move to Chatham?

Transport links to and from Gillingham

London is a mere 45-minute train ride away, thanks to the HS2 service into St Pancras. There’s a reliable bus service that operates all over the Medway region, with buses arriving every 10 minutes or so. If you drive, there’s good access to the rest of Medway as well as the other Kent towns via the M2/A2 and the M20. 

What is there to do in Gillingham?

Gilligham and great shopping go hand-in-hand. The town centre itself has all the usual high street brands, plus there’s a regular weekly market selling everything from local fruit and veg to clothes. For an even greater dose of retail therapy, Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre is located south of the main town. 

The Waterside boasts a range of great bars and restaurants – and even its own man-made beach and outdoor swimming pool. With even more investment on the horizon, this area is only set to grow more. Watch this space! 

What do the locals say?

“Gillingham is close to London and uni so offers the best of both worlds, really.” 

Jon, 24

“I love living here. It has everything you need and it’s pretty cheap for somewhere so close to London.” 

Poppy, 22. 

Recap: why move to Gillingham?

  • It’s close to London – with a regular high-speed train service to London,  you can be in the capital in under 45-minutes. 
  • Like nearby Chatham, Gillingham is close to the UKC and CCCU Medway campuses. 
  • There are loads of student properties – from houses to purpose-built flats, Gillingham has plenty of properties for students. 

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

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