University of Greenwich



Quick Facts

  • Constantly ranked #1 in terms of student satisfaction across all 20 listed universities in London (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013).
  • The greenest university in the UK in 2012 as assessed by The People & Planet Green League.

The university dates back to 1890, when Woolwich Polytechnic was founded as the second-oldest polytechnic in the United Kingdom. In 1970, Woolwich Polytechnic merged with various other higher education institutions to form Thames Polytechnic.

In the following years, Dartford College (1976), Avery Hill College (1985), Garnett College (1987) and parts of Goldsmiths College and the City of London College (1988) were incorporated. In 1992, Thames Polytechnic was granted university status renamed University of Greenwich.

There aren’t many universities that can boast a world heritage site, but this one can. The main campus is on the banks of the Thames in three baroque buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren at the end of the 17th century. Other sites are Avery Hill, in an 86-acre park in Eltham, south-east London, and Medway, another charming campus full of Edwardian redbrick and ivy, near Chatham’s historic dockyard.

Greenwich and Canada
The site’s London location benefits from close proximity to the financial district and all of London’s creative industries from film and the media to technology and museums. The legal district of London is of particular importance to our Canadian students and this makes our Law School and its 2-year long, LLB Senior Status especially attractive to our Canadian students.

Colleges and Schools
The university offers more than 1,200 postgraduate and degree programmes, including accounting and finance, chemistry, agriculture, computing, engineering, pharmacy, sociology and more. Greenwich was ranked top for adult nursing in the latest NHS London performance ratings for universities and colleges. Its law courses came top in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the latest national student survey.

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The University of Greenwich offers a wide range of International Scholarships. Click here to learn more.

Over 23,000 students and over 2,000 staff.

Entrance Requirements
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The University of Greenwich aims to meet the needs of students, in halls and rented accommodation. For more information click here.

Greenwich’s Stockwell Street which combines an open plan library and facilities for architecture, landscape and digital arts opened in 2014. The building includes landscape roofs specifically designed for teaching and research, plus TV and sound studios.

The university’s Dreadnought Building is also being redeveloped as a student centre. Once completed, students will benefit from more state-of-the-art learning, teaching and computing facilities. This will include a large campus café, social spaces, the students’ union and other key student-facing services. Plans also include a gymnasium.

Daniel Defoe Hall, the latest of the Greenwich Campus’ four main halls of residence, opened in 2014. It has 356 en-suite bedrooms, and a planned café and gym will further enhance the facilities. The Avery Hill and Medway campuses also have a range of academic, sporting and social facilities.

The Greenwich campus can be reached by Docklands Light Railway, rail and boat. You can be at London Bridge in 10 minutes. Avery Hill to London Bridge involves a 10-15 minute walk to the station and a 25-minute rail journey. The Medway campus takes 45 minutes from London by train, then bus in Medway, which stops on the campus. Greenwich provides a bus service between all three campuses. The Avery Hill to Greenwich service is free. There is also a free service between Avery Hill campus and Falconwood station.

Living in London
London is one of the world’s foremost student cities with countless universities and colleges. With the 2012 Olympics, recent Royal Wedding and Queen’s jubilee, it is a city that has enjoyed great attention of late. As Samuel Johnson once said, “If you are tired of London, you are tired of life.”

London has a unique mix of historical character and modern development. Take advantage of London’s vibrant cultural scene, with world renowned theatres, galleries and museums to explore.  Discover the dynamic social character of London, from the ever changing restaurants, vibrant bars and nightlife and the endless ways to spend your spare time. Visiting London’s famous landmarks, exploring the markets and green spaces of the city or learning more about the legacy of 2012’s Olympics.

London is a city brimming with work placement and job opportunities, whatever sector you wish to work in. Our partner universities are well connected to the many professions and businesses in London and draw upon their unlimited expertise and connections in the city for the benefit of their students. London is not just a great city to visit; it is also a fascinating place for you to live, work, and study.