Kingston University London

The University is located across four teaching campuses, in and around Kingston upon Thames. It’s a lively, student-friendly riverside town neighbouring Hampton Court Palace and two royal parks, perfect for long walks, deer watching, and quiet study time. Better still, Kingston’s on the doorstep of central London, so you’ll find yourself at the heart of the capital within half an hour of hopping on a train.

When you join Kingston University you become part of a welcoming, diverse and inclusive community where you will develop an ongoing passion for your subject. Our students benefit from a practice-based, hands-on education informed by innovative research to ensure our graduates have the skills and knowledge required to work in the industry. We are ranked a top 10 London university by the Guardian League Table 2019.

Our graduates have an unrivalled reputation for starting their own businesses - first or second in the UK for the past eight years - and we encourage all students to take an enterprising approach to their future careers.

On campus you can take part in a number of events run by our Union of Kingston Students from charity fundraisers, conferences, themed nights and trips abroad. You can share your passion or develop a new one with over 90 societies and 35 sports clubs covering everything from animé, hip-hop and for those dare devils we even have skydiving.

All first year undergraduate students who have firmly accepted an offer from us are guaranteed an accommodation offer. We have a range of accommodation available in our Halls of Residence, to take into account all tastes and budgets.

Alumni of the university include fashion commentator Caryn Franklin MBE, Glenda Bailey OBE, Editor in Chief at Harpers' Bazaar and the movie star Ben Barnes.

Times Good University Guide 2018 Ranking 117/129
Guardian 2019 Ranking 58/121
Address 53–57 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 1LQ View on Map
Contact Telephone +44 (0)203 510 0106

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  • Torjus Roberg

    3rd year BA(Hons) Journalism with Media Communications

    “I’ve found my course to be the perfect blend of theory and practice and we’re given lots of opportunity to put what we are learning in the classroom into practical application by undertaking work placements and writing for the University’s newspaper, The River. There’s always plenty of encouragement and support from lecturers in pursuing our own writing interests too.

    “My lectures don’t treat me like a student; they treat me like a journalist. Being treated like this, and having access to facilities such as the News Room, really puts me in the frame of mind of being a young professional journalist. This is setting me up well for life post-graduation when I’m entering the world of work.

    “I’d heard of Kingston from my friends who had studied here and they all spoke very highly of the University so I immediately thought it could be the right place for me. I’ve found Kingston upon Thames itself the perfect location. I have everything I need – great shops, bars, and places to eat all at your doorstep - but I hop on the train and I’m in the city in less than half an hour. This was ideal when I was applying for my work placements as so many central news headquarters are based there.  

    “Being an international student you can worry that you might not fit in or feel homesick. My experience of Kingston was completely the opposite as everyone was really friendly and I felt at home very quickly. Before I arrived in London I was supported by staff who ensured that I had accommodation in halls of residences. I was collected from the airport and there were loads of welcome events for international students. I went to every single one of them and so glad I did as I made loads of friends who were all in the same position as me. It also made that transition from living at home in Norway to moving to a new country on my own a lot easier.

  • Saffron Erfani-Shomaly

    2nd year BA Dance student

    “As a child my sisters and I loved writing songs, playing guitar and singing. It was my older sisters who helped inspired my love of dance too. We’d practice together in our living room and I still remember watching our reflections in the window as we’d dance around the furniture. I guess you could say dance runs in our family.

     “I only began considering studying dance at university whilst volunteering in China and Thailand shortly after completing my A levels. In addition to carrying out youth work I also had the opportunity to teach dance in orphanages and local parks. It was whilst I was teaching a community of displaced people, and seeing how much they got out of the experience of dancing, that I realised I wanted to use dance as a forum to help people as my career.

     “My lecturers at Kingston have been very supportive. They’ve always been there if I needed help or someone to discuss ideas for essays or performances with.  They’re all experts in different forms of dance and I’m really enjoying learning styles I haven’t tried before.

    “I’ve never wanted doing a degree to be about ticking a certain box. I wanted the experience of going to university to be more than learning about dance. I wanted to gain confidence and grow in character.  Kingston has done more than just stretch me academically; it has provided me with the opportunity to do just that.

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