Date of release: Thursday, November 9, 2017

A new survey has revealed that the friendliest part of London has the University of Greenwich at its heart.

Greenwich came top of all 32 boroughs in a study which asked residents to rate their area based on time spent socialising with their neighbours, the availability of community activities and how welcome they feel.

The university's campuses in Greenwich town centre and nearby Avery Hill put students in the middle of life in London's friendliest borough.

Dedication to students has earned the university a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) silver rating and an Outstanding rating by Ofsted for primary education training.

The £76 million Stockwell Street building is the newest addition to the Greenwich Campus. It houses the library, TV studios, editing suites and academic facilities for a range of disciplines. The Stephen Lawrence Gallery provides a showcase for the work of contemporary artists.

The building also hosts the Greenwich Portraits exhibition, now in its second year, a collection of striking images celebrating some of our most influential and inspiring alumni. The exhibition was also shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award.

"I'm a very social person, so one of my main instincts was to make friends. Luckily, it's a great community here. There's always someone to have a chat with," says Faris Abbas, who has just finished his electrical and electronic engineering degree.

The next Open Day, on Saturday 18 November, is the perfect opportunity to find out about studying at Greenwich.

It takes place between 10am and 3pm at all three campuses: Greenwich; Avery Hill, near Eltham; and the Medway Campus at Chatham Maritime, Kent. Buses running throughout the day will take visitors between the campuses.

Visitors will get the chance look at accommodation, learn about the support on offer, including financial help, speak to academics and tutors, and hear more about student life. 

"Our Open Days are designed to give students the best possible idea of what it would be like to study at the university," says Robert Mayor, the university's Director of Communications and Recruitment. "We pride ourselves on being welcoming, and on offering excellent advice' and a 'hands on' experience." 

The University of Greenwich is home to more than 20,500 students studying in the UK, drawn from more than 150 countries. 

It has also been named as one of the "most international" universities on the planet, with a further 17,450 students studying wholly overseas, with a range of partner institutions from across the globe.

For more information: 020 8331 9900, https://www.gre.ac.uk/open-days-event, opendays@gre.ac.uk.