The social side
Socialising on campus couldn’t be easier with four cafes and Coopers pub, there is something to suit everyone. From September 2016 the new Student Hub will offer a further social and entertainment space on campus.
There are a large number of student societies based on the campus as well as many sporting activities. The campus facilities include a sports hall, tennis courts and we are closely situated to the Medway Park Sports Centre. In addition to this, the area boasts a number of health and fitness clubs. Football is very popular and locally Gillingham Football Club has a loyal following. Other active pursuits in Medway include rowing, snowboarding, ice skating, ten pin bowling and if you want to stray further afield Thorpe Park and Brands Hatch are not far away. Activities including volunteering are a great way to meet people in the local community and to enhance your CV.
The campus itself is situated next to the Dockside Outlet Centre which contains numerous restaurants as well as an Odeon cinema complex. The Medway region has recently undergone some massive investment including a new development adjacent to the campus at Victory Pier which houses new student accommodation.
Each Kent town boasts good local shopping zones and a wide variety of superb restaurants including Chinese, Thai, Indian, Italian and French cuisine. Less than an hour away you can reach Europe’s largest shopping centre at Bluewater near Dartford. For those with an adventurous streak; you can get to the centre of London within 45 minutes by train and to France in less than 2 hours by Eurostar.
For more cultural outings, there are local theatres in Medway or explore the history of the area at the Historic Dockyard and the castle and cathedral in Rochester. There are also numerous festivals including the local Dickens festival. The local attraction at Dickens World takes you back into old London to celebrate the life and works of Charles Dickens.
Traveling by bus from the campus you can visit Canterbury with its world famous Cathedral, Kent county cricket ground, and experience the life and times of Geoffrey Chaucer at The Canterbury Tales. Visit the Marlowe theatre named for Christopher Marlowe the 16th century dramatist and contemporary of William Shakespeare or the University of Kent’s own Gulbenkian theatre. Alternatively you can take the bus or train towards London to the Avery Hill campus which sits next to the historic Eltham Palace. A bit closer to London is the Greenwich campus, situated in the Maritime Greenwich world heritage site by the River Thames.
Further afield you will find more historic places to visit, including Leeds Castle with its distant family connections to Nicholas Culpeper one of the most famous herbalists and medical reformers of all time, and Hever Castle the historic home of Anne Bolyen.
Alternatively, you can go to Whitstable, famous for its oysters or visit Herne Bay where you’ll find jet-skiers riding the waves. Just a little further on are the traditional seaside towns of: Margate home of the Turner Contemporary gallery; Ramsgate, home of the Ramsgate Tunnels; and picturesque Broadstairs with its sandy beach and Bleak House the former home of Charles Dickens.
Medway has a thriving night life with local night clubs such as Bliss in Gillingham and the Casino Rooms in Rochester. For an extra special night you can hop in a taxi with a few friends to Maidstone to reach some popular haunts of Medway students. Maidstone, as well as having a lively music scene has many restaurants, from Spanish tapas to traditional fish and chips.
In addition to all this, you still have the opportunity to be involved in the School's very own student associations, the MPSA and SOPP, which have organised events such as paint balling, ice skating, trips to Thorpe Park and the award winning annual Pharmacy Ball.
This Google map, compiled by a Medway student, provides lots of information about the Medway area local to the campus.