Why Greenwich? The student experience

Discover more about our campuses, our communities, how you'll learn, and how we support you on your career journey.

The University of Greenwich is driven by a founding ethos of "no limits". Our fundamental vision is to empower everyone to explore new possibilities, unbound by conventional wisdom and artificial boundaries.

Through this approach, we aim to inspire new ways of communicating, connecting and expressing our personal and collective identities.

We're also one of the few London universities that has everything you need in one place. Teaching, social, sports and living spaces are all on campus or close by.

Beautiful, inspiring locations

Our campuses are very special places to study. We have two south-east London campuses in the Royal Borough of Greenwich - the iconic Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich and attractive Avery Hill - and historic Medway Campus in Kent.

Our home campus is the historic Greenwich Old Royal Naval College on the bank of the River Thames and next to the Royal Park. The iconic Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site receives millions of tourists each year who visit the Royal Observatory meridian line, Cutty Sark ship, historic market, museums and, of course, the ORNC. Our campus can be seen in many movies including Skyfall and Pirates of the Caribbean, and TV series such as The Crown.

Just a short distance away and easily accessible by a regular university bus service, Avery Hill is a purpose-built green campus with a student village and impressive sports facilities situated next to the beautiful park in Eltham.  Its cluster of teaching, living and sports facilities offer a relaxed atmosphere to study, live and work out.

Medway Campus at the Chatham dockside in Kent has great facilities, including excellent laboratories and workshops, and is ideal for exploring the Kent countryside and seaside towns. It's an easy commute to central London and the Bluewater Shopping Centre.

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Our campuses are the perfect blend of old and new. You'll enjoy state-of-the-art teaching spaces set within splendid historic buildings and grounds.

The Greenwich Community

Greenwich is more than a collection of individual students and staff, it is a community of people united by their passion for learning.  Being a member of the university community conveys a sense of pride and a responsibility to live up to the high standards of previous generations of students.  It also means that you rely on others to help you become the best student you can. There are many opportunities to make friends, try out new things and discover what you're good at, alongside other like-minded people. Everyone is welcome and can find a way to fit in at Greenwich.

You will be part of a friendly community that will help you discover new talents and achieve extraordinary things.

Enjoy your learning

It's important that you enjoy studying at Greenwich and have the opportunity to excel. Our courses are designed in conjunction with business and industry and use the latest research-informed curricula. We will support and encourage you to achieve your best possible outcome.

Technology plays a big role in our teaching. An example of this is lecture capture, which allows you to revisit lectures online and on-demand. Our staff have the resources to make multimedia a key part of your learning experience.

We specialise in subjects that prepare you for the next stage of your career. Many of our students have external mentors and take work placements to build the workplace skills and experience valued by employers.

Taught by passionate people

We employ well-qualified, expert teaching staff, the majority with formal teaching qualifications. A large number of our academics have also previously worked in business or industry. This enables us to provide up-to-date and industry-relevant courses that are accredited by professional bodies.

Our lecturers are as passionate about sharing knowledge as they are about their subjects. They are ideally placed to help you reach your potential. Our students often remark how our academics will go the extra mile to help them excel at their chosen subject.

Support Services

We offer a comprehensive range of support services for all our students. Every student is assigned a personal tutor that will help guide you throughout your studies at Greenwich. Our Student Academic Services team can help you deal with accommodation needs, money matters, advice and counselling, and disability needs. The Greenwich Students' Union is at the heart of the university and offers an excellent range of social, sporting and support capabilities for all undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Facilities to shape your future

Since 2013, we've invested more than £150 million in laboratories, teaching spaces and student facilities. This includes a new Student Hub in Medway Campus and the Dreadnought Building at Greenwich.

Dreadnought is a new central hub for all student academic and social activities. Alongside teaching and computing areas, you'll find a café, restaurant, gym, and a concert and events venue. This is where you can do your social learning, access student services, take part in student activities, and hang out with friends.

You'll also benefit from excellent study facilities, including first-class advanced laboratories for science and engineering subjects and three campus libraries with dedicated academic services librarians.

Our Dreadnought Building has been transformed into a vibrant learning, teaching and social centre thanks to a £32 million programme of investment.

Advancing knowledge at Greenwich

Our research addresses some of the world's most challenging issues, from global health to public safety.

Current investigations include mosquito-carried diseases, such as malaria and the Zika virus, and the use of 3D printers for medical implants. Other projects include life-saving research into evacuating difficult environments, such as high-rise construction sites, and understanding the links between politics and the economy.

This expertise feeds directly into our teaching. Your classes are informed by cutting-edge research and taught by leading researchers who are themselves pushing the frontiers of knowledge.

We also welcome the next generation of postgraduate researchers to carry out leading research using our world-class facilities. You'll be supported by a supervisory team who will help you develop skills for careers in academia, research and industry.

Supporting our researchers effectively is essential to the university's research mission; to inspire society and the world through the discovery, application and sharing of knowledge.

Come visit us

You can find out a lot about a university online, but to really get a feel for what it's like to live and study here you should come and visit. Please come take a look at our historic campuses in London and Kent.

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Got a question?

To find out more about our Open Days and Campus Tours or if you need any assistance, please email opendays@gre.ac.uk.