Kingston University London

London, England

Kingston University was ranked a top 10 London university in the recent Guardian League Table (2019), which was a leap of 23 places from the previous year. Many of our courses, such as sport science, pharmacy, journalism, fashion and design also feature in the top 10 nationally, and lead the listings for London.


Penrhyn Rd,
Kingston upon Thames

About Kingston University London

Factsheet about: Kingston University London

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Kingston University was ranked a top 10 London university in the recent Guardian League Table (2019), which was a leap of 23 places from the previous year. Many of our courses, such as sport science, pharmacy, journalism, fashion and design also feature in the top 10 nationally, and lead the listings for London.

Our supportive, multicultural and inclusive community is one of our greatest strengths. We are immensely proud to have won the 2017 Guardian University Award for teaching excellence, and for the second year running, the NEON University of the Year Award. Both these awards recognise our commitment to increasing access to higher education for everyone, but in particular for under-represented individuals and groups. It is our belief that, given the right tools and support you can reach your full potential and go on to be successful in the career you choose.

University Alumni?

(Any well known or successful alumni?)

  • Romesh Ranganathan, Comedian, Actor and star of Asian Provocateur

  • Lawrence Dallaglio, International Rugby Player

  • Hadia Tajik, the youngest minister, and also the first Muslim, to serve in the Norwegian government when she was appointed Minister of Culture in 2012 at the age of 29

  • Fiona Banner, Turner prize nominated Artist

  • Yoganathan Ratheesan, Entrepreneur, Lebara Mobile -  a telecommunications company

  • Caryn Franklin, Fashion Commentator, most famous for presenting The Clothes Show

  • Ed McKeever MBE, Kayaker who won Gold in the London 2012 Olympics'

  • Ben Barnes, Actor who has been in Westworld, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • London Hughes, comedian and presenter. Appeared on the last series of Celebs Go Dating

  • Glenda Bailey OBE, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar US

  • Lesley Thomas QC, Leslie was Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in 2012

  • Jessie Cave, actress, cartoonist and YouTuber who is best known for her role as Lavender brown in the Harry Potter films

Brief outline of the university’s facilities

We constantly strive to provide excellent facilities for you all. Over the past year we have delivered a number of improvement projects to provide a better teaching, learning and working experience for our students, staff and local community.

Our new landmark building, Town House, on our Penrhyn Road campus, is centred on transforming the learning experience for our students. Designed by RIBA award-winning and Stirling Prize nominated Grafton Architects, Town House will provide great new study facilities including a new library with over 1,000 study spaces, flexible learning spaces, a covered courtyard, cafes, dance studios, roof top gardens and an attractive landscape along the front of the campus.

Explore our new Town House for yourself:

We have also carried out a major refurbishment at Kingston School of Art’s Knights Park campus.

Designed by Stirling Prize winning Haworth Tompkins, the refurbishment has provided students with two floors of world-class workshop spaces and four floors of modern design studios.

Specialist Learning resources centres (LRCs) are present on each of 4 campuses and offer library and computing facilities open into the evening, with 24-hour access at Kingston Hill and Penrhyn Road during term time.

These facilities are complemented by extensive online resources; including an expansive network of 3,000 networked computers, 250 short-term loan laptops and of course free, campus-wide access to Wi-Fi.

Sports and fitness

In addition to our huge 55-acre multi-sport sports ground we provide at Tolworth Court, we have an indoor fitness centre at our Penrhyn Road campus and a tennis court, nature trail and multi-use games area at Kingston Hill.

Course-specific facilities

Our facilities that you’ll have access to on your course will help you apply theories to practical settings.

Here’s just a taste of what we have to offer:

  • 3D materials workshop
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality lab
  • Hospital ward
  • Learjet Lab
  • Moot room for law students
  • Moving image workshop
  • Printmaking studios
  • Real-time Bloomberg trading room
  • Crime Scene House

Closest airport to the university?
(How long does it take to get from the airport to the main university campus?)

Kingston University is nearby to 3 of London’s main airports: Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick and London Stansted.

From Heathrow Airport:

Buses run directly from Heathrow to Kingston every 10 minutes, there is also an express service every 30 minutes.
Tube lines connect Heathrow to Wimbledon, where you will need to catch a connecting train service to Kingston upon Thames or Surbiton station.
It normally takes around 1 hour, traffic permitting.

From London Gatwick:

Trains run from Gatwick airport to Clapham Junction regularly, from Clapham Junction you can catch a train direct to Kingston upon Thames or Surbiton station.
It takes approximately 1 hour 10 minutes to get to Kingston University.

From London Stansted:

Trains from Stansted run to London Liverpool Street. You will then need to travel across the city to London Waterloo to catch a connecting train to Kingston upon Thames or Surbiton station
It will take approximately 2 hours to get to Kingston University from London Stansted airport.

Once you arrive to Kingston, our free bus service can connect you to all four of our campuses as well as to Surbiton and Kingston train stations. Free Wi-Fi is available on all the buses and we have a live bus tracker on our app so you don’t have to worry about missing one.

Student Union activities & societies?

When you join Kingston, you automatically become a member of the Union of Kingston Students. Working in partnership with the University, they are here to represent your opinions and views on your student experience and to support your education.  They do this in lots of different ways, from providing opportunities to influence the Union’s and University’s policies, activities and priorities to determining the student campaigns that are funded.

You can take part in a wide range of events run by the Union of Kingston Students, from charity fundraisers, conferences and themed nights, to trips abroad. Not to mention Freshers’ Week, which is packed with activities and parties to make you feel welcome. The highlight of the week is the Freshers’ Fayre, where you can get freebies, meet Kingston’s sport clubs and societies, big companies, and departments within the University.

You can share your passion or develop a new one with over 70 societies to choose from, whether you’re passionate about a cause, enjoy playing video games, or reading a good book. If none of the societies currently on offer take your fancy, the Union of Kingston Students will help you run, and fund, your own.

There are over 30 different sports clubs at Kingston including all the usual favourites from football and boxing to cheerleading and rowing. All these activities provide you with the opportunity to meet fellow students, develop confidence and gain new skills.

See what societies and sports clubs you could join:

Scholarships & Bursaries
(Any specifically for NI students?)

All eligible students are able to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan or a Student Contribution Loan specially designed for prospective students from Northern Ireland. Full details can be found here:

Internships/Placement/Study abroad opportunities?

Our proactive and student-focused team will support you throughout your time at Kingston and after you graduate, not only to find a job, but also to develop the skills you need to succeed in it. A calendar of events and training will help you develop the important employability skills you need, from creating a winning CV, delivering the perfect pitch, and how you can nail that interview. Employers attend on-campus events so you get industry exposure long before you complete your course.

Study Abroad

If you’ve got a taste for adventure, then you should study or work abroad.

Most of our undergraduate courses recognise and support studying or working abroad and have exchange links across all five continents. We have partner universities across most of the European Union, Turkey and Norway, as well as Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, USA and the West Indies.

What accommodation is available & what is the average cost?

Where you live while you’re at university can play an important part of your overall experience.

From our online booking system where you get to select your own room, to our social media groups where you can meet your new flat mates in advance, we’re here to help you every step of the way to ensure you feel settled in your new home.

Living in halls is a great way to get to know people, as you could be sharing with other students from different backgrounds or on different courses to you. We have loads of different options of accommodation to take into account all tastes and budgets and parking for your bike or car is available at most of our sites. Better still, we guarantee an accommodation offer to all our first year undergraduate students who have firmly accepted an offer from us and want to live on campus.

A team of our current students act as Halls Connectors; they live and work in halls and run events to support you throughout your stay. They help foster a community atmosphere by organising student-led and student-focused activities, which will connect you with other students from the moment you arrive.

Find out more about our accommodation:


Renting from a private Landlord

Some of our students decide to live independently in the local area rather than living in our halls of residence, particularly in their second and third years. We have our own dedicated KU Student Homes website to help you find the property of your dreams. Here, you’ll find all the latest vacancies in local rented accommodation from single rooms and lodgings to full house and flat shares.  

All new full-time undergraduate students who firmly accept their offer to study are guaranteed an offer of accommodation.

Take a virtual tour of residence halls here

Full details on cost and FAQs, can be found here

3 Fun Facts about the university
  1. Kingston University graduate, Chris Godfrey, broke the world record for most liked picture on Instagram with the world record egg account, garnering more than 52 million likes on Instagram.
  2. David Bowie performed at Kingston University as part of the group, Spiders from Mars on 6 May 1972.
  3. The University is ideally situated in Kingston upon Thames, or ‘K Town’ as our students like to call it. Kingston has a mix of markets, museums, restaurants, shopping and clubs – including PRYZM, one of the most popular destinations for students from all over London. Better still, Kingston’s on the doorstep of central London, so you’ll find yourself in the heart of the capital within half an hour of hopping on a train.
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