Kent's Medway Campus Watch

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(Original post by hey-hey-hey)
do you like it there?
Honestly? No. I'd prefer a London uni, or anther big uni. It's too small for my liking. The area is such a change from where I've come from.
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Hey guys,

Me and a few friends have heard that there are complaints about the student nightlife in Medway, and we are considering doing something about it.

What in your opinion is missing the most? What do you think Medway would benefit most from I.e. Indie night, retro night, latino night, cheese night? more fancy dress or themed nights? etc

We are aiming to improve the local nightlife and any feedback would be amazing, hopefully this will help to make freshers 2011 a whole lot more exciting for you guys
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I like your idea Yogin. Instead of complaining, you decide to do something about it.

I want to do the same thing when I go Kent this September.

To make it good for me, I'd like a dubstep night, weekly if possible. I've never been to a fancy dress party so that would be good too.
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TBH when someone says Kent uni they don't think of Medway and that will probably be the same for employers, it reminds me of Nottingham compared too Nottingham Trent, Oxford to Oxford Brookes, Liverpool to Liverpool John Moores, Manchester to Manchester Met etc etc
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(Original post by Yogin)
Hey guys,

Me and a few friends have heard that there are complaints about the student nightlife in Medway, and we are considering doing something about it.

What in your opinion is missing the most? What do you think Medway would benefit most from I.e. Indie night, retro night, latino night, cheese night? more fancy dress or themed nights? etc

We are aiming to improve the local nightlife and any feedback would be amazing, hopefully this will help to make freshers 2011 a whole lot more exciting for you guys
What was freshers like last year? Where did you go out?
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hi ive just moved to gillingham....any good bars??
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OK honest truth. I made the same mistake as you as i didn't realise there was medway and canterbury. Anyway medway offered B,B,B and canterbury A,A,A so I thought I would never get the grades for canterbury anyway so didn't have it as my 2 choices.


So I went to medway eventhough I got the grades for canterbury. Anyway basically I ****ing hate and i've got another 2 years there!

Only thing thats nice is the uni buildings and the halls. But the general area is a ****hole and the nightlife is crap you have to get a taxi everywhere and even then its only to 1 club at a time.
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Bit late for the OP, but in case anyone else is reading for future years: avoid Medway. I go to CCCU on the campus, but I live at home in Maidstone, and drive in every day. There isn't much to do, I never hang around at the end of the day. If you want nightlife you're forced to commute to Canterbury or Maidstone, and that isn't cheap.

As a place to go and learn something it's fine. In that respect it's great for people that enjoy their home lives and want to treat it like a college. But for anything more than that, it's awful. There's nothing to do, nowhere to go, and Chatham in general is a total dump.
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Jesus christ. Cheers guys, stoked to be headed there in a few weeks now...
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Jesus christ. Cheers guys, stoked to be headed there in a few weeks now...
Me too *sarcasm*. im gonna be commuting from london, so to be honest im not really bothered about the night life there. Is there anyone here who is studying chemistry or any other science course? What is the teaching there like?
Ive heard about the university bus from greenwich to medway but what is it really like to commute there?
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Hey,i'm a new intake to medway bt coming in to study pharmacy pratice which is the foundation course.i'm searchin 4 a nearby accomodation,if any1 knows abt any pls let me know asap.THANKS
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Hey,i'm a new intake to medway bt coming in to study pharmacy pratice which is the foundation course.i'm searchin 4 a nearby accomodation,if any1 knows abt any pls let me know asap.THANKS
Hey Check out the Facebook group USMA there are people are looking for flat mates.
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Haha I feel the urge to defend Medway. It's not as bad as everyone is making out. Like everywhere else, there are dodgy parts but generally its fine.

As far as nightlife is concerned, Canterbury is much more of a student town but that doesn't mean Medway has nothing. I'll list a few places and what their vibe is.

Tap n Tin: Open on a Monday, Poundland drinks deal. £3 entry then £1 for all drinks all night. Alternative music downstairs fades into floorfillers for the last couple of hours. Metal room, describes itself. Dace music/dubstep on the top floor.

Casinos: Student night is Thursday. Free entry for students before 11pm. Buy one get two free. Indie room, Dubstep room and massive dance room upstairs.

Krystal and Vanity: Newly opened this week, looks pretty decent and is open 5 nights a week so im sure theres something on.

Rochester Highstreet: Picturesque location on a Victorian street and full of decent pubs, never had a bad night in Rochester.

The Barge pub: Pub in Gillingham has instruments available at the pub so if you can play, pick a guitar up and sing away. Have jazz nights, open mic nights. Very nice atmosphere, one of my favourite pubs ever.

There are two Cinemas. Odeon is located by Chathams Historic Dockyard. Which is well worth a visit, such a fantastic place. Theres also a Vue cinema sits on the River Medway, and it actually looks pretty decent at night. You can see the whole of Rochester from the River bank.

Hundreds of restaurants. Too many to name but if anyone wants i'll recommend a few.

The Guildhall museum is well worth visiting. As is Fort Amhurst.

It has several gyms. A Virgin, Roko, Reynolds and Echoes. Also a new oe just nxt to the student accommodation called Waterfront.

Not much in terms of shopping. Savacentre or Hempstead Valley as its known is probably your best bet. Got everything you need. Burtons, blue inc, marks and sparks, game, wh smith, superdrug and sainsburys plus a few others. Although for decet shopping i'd definiteyl go to Maidstone, which thanks to Medways very well organised public transport is easy and cheap to get to.

Pardon the long post but hopefully I've helped, at least partly, dispel the myth that Medway is a horrible, uncultured cesspool
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I just joined to let the new Kent Medway students know that life in Medway definitely has its perks. Big universities like the main campus may have more things to do, and more people, but being on a smaller campus means you develop closer bonds to friends. I know loads of people who go to larger unis who have much weaker relationships than I have, and while they may be happy with their surrounding area, many of them have been stuck in accommodation with people they aren't that close to.

The nightlife is quite limited as others have said, but as a fan of Rock and Metal, Tap and Tin is a good choice on Mondays (they also have a DnB kinda room), and the place has a great vibe. There's another club next door called Venue 26 as well which will be holding Alternative Nights on Tuesdays next year. Casino Rooms is pretty much perfect if you're into chart music, club classics and cheese. Coopers is good as well, although you may get a little bored of it if you go a few times every week. Next year I plan on holding more casual house parties with friends instead of going out anyway, because I'm one of those people who prefers pre-drinks to actually going out, and it's way cheaper!

The area is pretty horrible in honesty, to the extent that you don't see many students around, but London is only 50 mins away, and Canterbury is 30 mins by train. In any case, I am quite happy to have experienced a bit of a rougher place, because it's opened up my eyes to a different kind of society than I'm used to, and I get the feeling that some people going from universities that are fully catered to the student's needs will experience a culture shock when moving into the real world.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have tried another university, but that doesn't stop me counting down the days until I can finally return to sunny Medway
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Haha I feel the urge to defend Medway. It's not as bad as everyone is making out. Like everywhere else, there are dodgy parts but generally its fine.
Cheers for this, I can get back to looking forward to uni now!
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No worries. I'm at the Medway campus this year so if you want to know anything else just give me a shout
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Poco Loco is also a fun place to go to! Tapas and cocktails!
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I'm coming here in September for the Journalism course, the feedback on here is making me doubt my choice now...
The BA or the MA?!
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I'm starting in September, did deferred entry and didn't even realise there were two campuses until it was too late.

Anyone got any positives about Medway? Reading this thread has been pretty mortifying so far.
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Jeeesus, im joining for Business Information Technology in september, forget all the bad things people seem to list about Medway, i rekon if you make a good group of friends, it'll be just as good as anywhere else, well that's what I'm planning anyway.
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