Where is Medway?
Medway may be a location name, but it is actually an administrative area comprising the various towns as they are known locally, namely, Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham. The name Medway is taken from the nearby river which is strategically placed half way between London and the Channel ports.
The area surrounding the Medway campus has undergone recent development to enhance its business, housing and leisure facilities. This includes the Dockside Outlet Centre shopping complex, hotels, restaurants, bars, a multi-screen cinema and more recently the Dickens World, a permanent exhibition of the life and works of the author of Great Expectations and many other novels. The riverside location of the campus means that many nearby bars overlook the Medway river.
Rochester, a couple of miles away, is proud of its castle and cathedral where the Medway campus has its annual graduation ceremonies. Rochester stages numerous events throughout the year, including music concerts and Victorian-themed Dickens festivals. Whereas in nearby Chatham town centre you can find shopping centres and high street stores, Rochester offers a range of quirky shops along its cobbled high street.
To find out more about the area, explore the social side of student life in Medway. Additional information about our location and the local area is also available and this Google map provides detail and locations of all the above and more.