Rochester Independent College is in the County of Kent, just south east of London – an exciting place to be in the educational field with both the University of Greenwich, the University of Kent and the University of the Arts currently moving increasing numbers of courses into their local campuses because of its strategically important location. There is a School of Pharmacy in the former Chatham dockyards.
Rochester offers more affordable living accommodation than London, yet within cheap and easy reach of all the facilities the capital city has to offer. RIC is located opposite the University of the Creative Arts and next to the Medway Little Theatre.
Rochester itself is a historic city, famous for its connections with Charles Dickens and with a magnificent Cathedral and Castle that can be viewed from the College’s classrooms and Halls of Residence bedrooms. The College is at the heart of a conservation area. There are annual events on the High Street including the Dickens festival. The castle grounds host live music concerts in the summer.
The former naval dockyards at Chatham are now a world famous tourist attraction with battleships and submarines as well as the Dickens World theme park! Rochester is unusual for having resisted the invasion of chain stores and offers a range of quirky local shops and traditional businesses as well as museums and some great restaurants and coffee shops. More mainstream shopping is available in Chatham town centre, a short walk from the College and Bluewater shopping centre a short train journey away.