The University of Greenwich, founded in 1890, has three campuses at Greenwich (London), Avery Hill (London) and Medway (Kent), each with modern learning facilities, in beautiful historic buildings. The University has a resource base of highly qualified staff with wide-ranging expertise and significant links with business and industry. Innovation and strong links to industry and commerce, complemented by research excellence and an international agenda are what make the University of Greenwich a leading modern university.
London, the home of the 2012 Olympics, is the capital of England situated in the south-east of the country and virtually on the doorstep of our Maritime Greenwich and Avery Hill Campuses. It is a thriving city, with tourist attractions including Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. As a student you are on the doorstep of London, with the seaside resorts and historic sites of Kent, the gateway to Europe, nearby.
Over 23,000 students study with us with over 6,000 from approximately 140 countries outside the UK. Subject areas include MBA, Finance, International Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management, International Relations, Project Management, Architecture, Construction, Computing, Science, Engineering, Law, Natural Resources & Humanities.
Many of our programmes are accredited by relevant professional bodies, and Schools are proud of their strong links with professions and industry. Such strong links with employers, plus research and investment in facilities ensure that our programmes reflect the needs of industry.
Avery Hill Campus
The Avery Hill Campus consists of two sites, Mansion Site and Southwood Site, both of which are located in the 86-acre Avery Hill Park in Eltham, south-east London. Only a few minutes' walk apart, these two Victorian sites house some of the best teaching, living and sporting facilities.
For over 80 years the campus was home to Avery Hill Training College, some of whose 19th- and 20th-century buildings are listed by English Heritage, while on Mansion Site there is a beautiful library housed in a former ballroom.
Students can use computing and laboratory equipment, lecture theatres and a TV studio with 1,000 square feet of floor space. The library has an extensive collection of books and journals and its staff provide expert media support. The university bookshop offers a wide range of course texts and has an online service for ordering over the Internet.
A £14 million project to improve facilities on campus has brought two new buildings to the Southwood Site. The David Fussey Building is home to a sports and teaching centre with a multi-purpose sports hall for staff and students and a 220-seat lecture theatre. The upper floors include four clinical skills laboratories, which replicate NHS wards, allowing trainee health professionals to get real hands-on experience.
A piazza-style courtyard, with wide, curved steps linking upper and lower levels, will offer ample social areas. The new Mary Seacole Building is the main base for the School of Health & Social Care and has teaching space for all Schools on campus.
The village complex on Southwood Site offers accommodation, a general shop and a launderette, plus nearby sporting amenities for tennis, rugby, football and cricket. 'The Dome' in the centre of the complex, houses a food outlet and a gym. Mansion Site has a café, a canteen and general shop.
Down the road at Sparrows Farm, there is a students' union bar and entertainment facilities. Outside here is the Airdome, an indoor football facility shared between Charlton Athletic Football Club and the university.
Around and about
Near the campus are plenty of pubs, clubs and restaurants, as well as cinemas, a 28-lane bowling alley and health and fitness facilities. The nearest town is Eltham, where you will find a high street with the usual array of places to shop and eat.
Bexleyheath has the Broadway Shopping Centre. Blackheath, to the north of the A2, has restaurants offering cuisine ranging from Mexican to Indian. A short bus ride or drive away is Bluewater one of Europes largest centres for shopping and leisure facilities, including a cinema.
Near the campus is Eltham Palace, which is two great homes in one: Henry VIII's boyhood home is next door to a wonderful example of 1930s chic, an Art Deco mansion built for millionaire Stephen Courtauld.
League One football is played at The Valley, home of Charlton Athletic Football Club. Near to Avery Hill is Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, which hosts grand prix athletics every summer and other high-profile events.
The Greenwich Campus is on a World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames. The university's largest campus is centred on three baroque buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren at the end of the 17th century. "More breathtaking than the Versailles of Louis XIV" is how The Independent newspaper described it.
The library has an extensive collection of books and journals, as well as language laboratories, and a 200-PC computing facility. The university bookshop is located opposite, in the Mews Building. Other computer facilities are on campus, including specialist laboratories for the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences. A TV studio and editing suites for use by Humanities & Social Sciences students are also on site.
The Stephen Lawrence Gallery provides a showcase for the work of contemporary artists. The grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, in which the Greenwich Campus is situated, also houses the tourist attractions of the Painted Hall and Chapel.
A few minutes' walk from the campus is Cooper Building, which is home to the students' union. Inside, Bar Latitude, has bright, modern decor and offers a range of hot and cold food. A pool room and the union shop are also in the building.
The campus also has its own selection of eateries. There are two coffee bars where you can grab a drink or bite to eat between lectures. The undercrofts of the campus have more substantial food on offer, with a restaurant below King William Court and a new café/canteen underneath Queen Mary Court.
London will host the 2012 Olympics and the University of Greenwich is already off the blocks. It contributed to the development of the successful bid and offered accommodation for games organisers.
The university itself is in one of the official Olympic zones which also includes the nearby Greenwich Park, the site of the equestrian events and modern pentathlon. The university buildings at Greenwich Campus will be used for games administration. Staff and students will be invited to act as volunteers during the event.
Time to explore
Greenwich is a bustling town with a great atmosphere fostered by markets, pubs, clubs and restaurants. Up the Creek, a comedy and cabaret club, offers up-and-coming names in stand-up and is a short walk from the campus.
The borough is steeped in history. East meets west on the Greenwich Meridian line, which divides the hemispheres and marks longitude zero. The line runs through the courtyard of the 17th-century Royal Observatory and indicates the spot from which Greenwich Mean Time is calculated. Greenwich is home to the Cutty Sark, a 19th-century clipper ship, and the National Maritime Museum, as well as one of Londons finest Royal Parks.
If you are feeling fit you could climb the steep hill to the park's highest point. Or you may like to join Greenwich Cyclists, which organises excursions for all abilities.
This splendid Edwardian redbrick and ivy-clad campus dating from 1903 has benefited from £50 million in investment since 1996. Extensive new laboratories and research facilities have been opened at Medway and the university has linked with other educational establishments to develop the campus as a major higher education centre in the Medway region, known collectively as the Universities at Medway.
The centrepiece of the development at Medway is a magnificent learning resource centre, the Drill Hall Library, converted from a naval drill hall and offering 100,000 square feet of space. It houses a library, computers, study areas and teaching rooms. The Pilkington Building next door, converted from the naval canteen, contains a lecture theatre, exhibition space, teaching rooms, a bistro-style café and the base for the Universities at Medway Student Association.
The Wolfson Centre is an engineering block specialising in bulk solid handling, and additional laboratory facilities for Medway School of Pharmacy and the School of Science.
The campus has modern workshops and equipment, including a computer-aided design studio and a training dispensary for pharmacy students. The Centre for Sport & Exercise Science has the latest in 3D movement and force analysis equipment, enabling researchers to help professional athletes improve technique and avoid injury.
The campus boasts a mix of social and leisure facilities, including a restaurant in Pembroke Building and the Venue café in Pilkington. Sports facilities include a sports hall, a gym with cardiovascular and weights rooms and outdoor tennis courts. The on-campus bar, Coopers, offers meals and traditional pub games. A general shop is also on campus.
Around the campus
The Medway region is a haven of history, but it looks forward as well as back. The campus is based in Chatham Maritime, near Chathams historic dockyard. Close by is a pub overlooking the river and the Dockside Outlet Centre, which has plenty of good-value shops and even an Australian-themed café.
The area surrounding the campus is currently undergoing development to enhance its business, housing and leisure facilities. A multi-screen cinema opened in 2006 and Dickens World, an attraction based around the life and works of the author Charles Dickens, opened in 2007. This offers rides and animatronics and a Dickensian shopping mall with a mix of themed restaurants and bars.
Rochester, a couple of miles to the south, is proud of its castle and cathedral (venue for the annual Medway Campus graduation ceremonies). Rochester stages events throughout the year, including music concerts and Victorian-themed Dickens festivals. In nearby Chatham you can find shopping centres and high street stores, while Rochester offers a range of quirky shops along its cobbled high street.
For those interested in watching sport, the nearest football league ground is Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium; Kent plays county cricket at Tunbridge Wells and Canterbury; and the Invicta Dynamos ice hockey team play regularly at the Silver Blades Ice Bowl in Gillingham.
The university has a range of facilities to offer students and staff alike from libraries to student centres, sports grounds and childcare.
The university provides library and computer laboratory facilities at each campus.
An extensive database
Our computer facilities have work spaces (with and without PCs), which provide access to traditional printed materials and, via the universitys portal, electronic journals, e-books and databases. Most of these electronic resources can be accessed from home, and the complete holdings of all the libraries are available from the library catalogue via the Internet.
Networked PCs, printers and scanners are available in computer laboratories (conveniently situated in the same building as the libraries), with additional resources in other buildings on each campus. There is Internet access, e-mail and a wide range of general and specialist software.
The Drill Hall Library on the Medway Campus is run in partnership with the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University. It serves users from all institutions on the site, known collectively as the Universities at Medway.
Each library and computer laboratory is open for 100 hours per week during term-time, including late opening until midnight seven days a week. There are photocopying facilities and self-service machines for users to beat queues by processing their own loans. Kiosk-style terminals are available for checking e-mail.
A specialist team supports the growing number of users working off-campus. These include distance learners and those studying on a Greenwich-validated programme at another institution.
Each of the universitys nine Schools is allocated an academic services librarian to give specialised advice via web pages, e-mails and meetings. Library and computing staff provide inductions and information/ computing skills workshops and help is available at any time at the library and computing help desks. Computer laboratory support staff are available to help during opening hours.
Sports and fitness
There are many opportunities for sport and fitness activities on and around the University of Greenwich. Below we list the most popular clubs and activities.
Local leisure centre in Greenwich. Facilities include gym, fitness classes, sauna and pool.
This is a well-established rowing club linked to the university's boat club. Its new boathouse is adjacent to the campus.
Greenwich Cyclists is a local group that exists to encourage people to cycle. It organises bike rides and events for everyone based in Greenwich, south-east London.
For only £50 a year, students can join Medway's gym and sports hall. The gym offers a variety of cardio-vascular and resistance equipment, while the sports hall provides facilities for football, volleyball, badminton, netball and table tennis.
Check out this sixteen-lane tenpin bowling centre at Pentagon Centre, Chatham.
International standard mult-sport facility close to the campus. Facilities include indoor pools, sports halls, a gym and a health and fitness suite.
This ice skating rink in Gillingham is open seven days a week. There's also a sports bar called Bar Blu, where you can watch sporting action on plasma screens.
Another leisure facility you can try in Gillingham is Strand Lesiure Park. It has a swimming pool, crazy golf, 3-par golf course and tennis courts.
This includes a sports hall, offering courts and equipment for a range of indoor sports, including five-a-side football, basketball, badminton, netball and volleyball. Outdoor facilities include football pitches and netball and tennis courts. Local cricket, basketball and netball teams also use the facilities throughout the year.
Next door to the student village on the Avery Hill Campus is the Airdome, an indoor football facility shared between the university and Charlton Athletic Football Club. The university uses the facility during the week, with special access for the student football teams at selected times at the weekend. The university sports teams also benefit from shared facilities with Blackheath Rugby Club and Dartford Judo Club, a National Centre for Excellence.
Local to the Avery Hill Campus. Gym and fitness centre with a variety of fitness classes available..
Swimming pools near to the Avery Hill Campus run by the local authority. Swimming school short courses available. Eltham Hill, Eltham.
This all-weather pavilion incorporates a studio, indoor changing facilities and shower area. Coaching is available for all abilities.
Student support & services
You may be a new student living away from home from the first time, or an international student adapting to life in a new country. Or you may be a mature student or a parent juggling conflicting demands on your time.
Whatever your circumstances, our student support and advisory services will help you make the most of academic and social life at the University of Greenwich and will help you deal with any issues or problems you may face.
Staying in good health and leading an active, balanced lifestyle will help you make the most of your time at the University of Greenwich. But when you register with us, you will also want the reassurance of knowing that if you do fall ill, you will receive immediate help and support.
Through our health and medical services you will get all the information and advice you need on how to live healthily at university and will have access to medical treatment in the event of sickness or emergency.
Listening Ears is an informal network of university staff that are interested in your well-being and offer confidential advice and student support.
Although they are not trained counsellors, Listening Ears members come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have a huge range of life experience. They can help you work through concerns you may have, or issues you may be facing, during your stay at university.
Any contact between you and Listening Ears will be confidential, unless you ask Listening Ears to tell your tutors, your department or an office in the university.
There may be time during your stay at university when personal or study-related matters are troubling you. Whatever issues you may be facing, you can turn to an extensive range of formal and informal counselling and support services for help and advice.
We have a team of professionally-trained counsellors on campus with whom you can talk confidentially with about problems of any kind.
Our counsellors are accustomed to helping people from different backgrounds and cultures and are experienced in dealing with a wide range of personal or study-related issues, from problems with stress, depression, alcohol and drugs to exam anxiety.
They also run regular workshops on topics such as positive thinking and stress management that help students make the most of university life.
Specialist support is also available for students with mental health needs.
The university Chaplaincy
We believe in the dignity and value of every human being. That is why, as Chaplains, we are here to help you in any way we can.
What is a university Chaplaincy?
Thanks in no small part to its close proximity to central London, student lifestyle is very much alive and kicking at the University of Greenwich.
The Students Union also provides listings of things to do and places to see around the three main campuses.
Our Campus Explorer can help you find your way round the university. You can also use it to plan your day or night out with interactive maps of the areas local to each campus.
The Students Union is at the heart of student life at the University of Greenwich an essential place to be and a means of interacting with other students and tutors alike.
Whether you organise or attend events or write articles for the magazine, there are endless opportunities for you to get involved with your students union.
The different unions
Students at the Greenwich and Avery Hill campuses are represented by the Students Union University of Greenwich (SUUG), whilst students at Medway are represented by SUUG and the Universities at Medway Students' Association (UMSA).
The Students Union acts as a provider of advice, entertainment and commercial services, as well as activities including its own joint sports clubs and societies.
Clubs and societies
You can join all kinds of clubs and societies through the Students Union.
Sports fans may be interested in our American football club, the Greenwich Mariners, which competes within the British Student American Football Association. We have cricket and basketball clubs, all of which have enjoyed success. The most popular team sports, such as football, rugby and netball, have multiple teams and compete against other universities in the British Universities Sports Association (BUSA).
Medway students can join the aforementioned clubs or UMSA's own clubs, which compete in Southern England Student Sports Association (SESSA) competitions. Sports clubs include men's football, women's football, netball, rugby, men's and women's basketball, mixed hockey and rowing.
Sports facilities across the campuses include pitches for football and rugby, courts for badminton and tennis and gyms to train in. Footballers at Avery Hill can use an artificial playing surface built by Charlton Athletic Football Club.
If you are not sports-minded, there are over 20 societies you can join. Representing a range of interests, faiths and nationalities, these include: Law; Future Aspirations; Christian Union; Muslim, Nigerian and Chinese associations; as well as Mardi Gras and our own Greenwich Student Radio.
A full list of sports clubs and societies is on the Students Union website and in the handbook given to new students at the Freshers Fair. Cheese lovers, synchronised swimmers, postcard collectors whatever your special interest, we will help you set up your own club if there is enough demand.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Bachelor at University of Greenwich!