King's College London

King's College London is one of the oldest and most prestigious in England, ranked 33rd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020). A leading research university, it has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. With five campuses in the heart of London, it offers students a cosmopolitan setting with superb access to the academic, cultural and social riches of the city.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: K60

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 59%
  • Postgraduate 41%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 79%
  • Part Time 21%

Where students come from

  • UK 65%
  • EU 13%
  • Other 22%

Student gender

  • Male 37%
  • Female 63%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • All campuses have libraries and library services available.
  • The Maughan Library on Chancery Lane includes a fantastic round reading room; it is the main research library and a wonderful place to study.
  • All students and staff are able to use the extensive facilities and expert assistance available in archives and special collections.

Student jobs

  • King's Careers & Employability service assists and advertises vacancies for part-time, temporary, voluntary and vacation work.
  • A student ambassador scheme provides many paid working opportunities, for example one-to-one mentoring, student talks and campus tours.
  • A wide range of paid work is available via the Students' Union.

Careers advice

  • King's Careers & Employability provides support to current students and graduates, organising events, workshops and professional skills development programmes, as well as offering one-to-one advice. They also offer internships and events across the world, and up-to-date information on working abroad, assisting students to find their international career.
  • King's advisers can help students generate a range of ideas and make a plan to achieve their career success, whether in the corporate world or public sector, charities or academia: the service has knowledge across all sectors both in the UK and internationally.

Health services

  • Students can register at the King's NHS Health Centre located in the Strand campus, or with a practice closer to home using the NHS website and GP finder.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Counselling services are available for students at King's. This is usually by appointment during normal working hours, Monday to Friday. Staff work during holiday periods, except when King's is officially closed. All enquiries are dealt with sensitively and in confidence.

Disability support

  • King's Disability Support service offers information, advice and guidance to current and prospective disabled students about support that may help them to engage with their studies. All enquiries are dealt with sensitively and in confidence.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Students' Union

  • King's College London Students' Union (KCLSU) supports students throughout their time at King's.
  • KCLSU organises social, sporting and cultural activities, provides opportunities to develop skills and ensures students can voice their opinions – as well as being there with advice and support when it is needed.
  • The Students' Union supports clubs and societies, with over 300 societies and activity groups. It can also help students get their own activity group up and running.


  • King's College London is among the oldest universities in England, founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington (then prime minister) in 1829.
  • King's is a member of the Russell Group coalition, and the academic partner of King's Health Partners, one of only six Academic Health Sciences Centres in England designated by the Department of Health.

Fascinating Fact

  • King's College London has played a major role in many of the advances that shape modern life today, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Dina Asher-Smith – athlete, currently Britain's fastest woman. 2016 European Champion at 200 metres and Olympic bronze-medallist from Rio 2016.
  • Rosalind Franklin − chemist and X-ray crystallographer contributing to knowledge on DNA, RNA, viruses, coal and graphite.
  • Professor Peter Higgs − theoretical physicist, emeritus professor at the University of Edinburgh and Nobel Prize laureate.
  • Michael Morpurgo OBE − author, poet, playwright, and former Children's Laureate.
  • Dame Katherine Grainger – rower and Britain's most decorated female athlete, achieving five Olympic medals.
  • Dame Cicely Saunders − nurse, social worker, physician, and writer known for her role in the hospice movement.
  • The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu − South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop.
  • Sir Charles Wheatstone − scientist and inventor.
  • Professor Maurice Wilkins − physicist and molecular biologist, and Nobel laureate best known for his work on DNA.
  • Virginia Woolf − writer, one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.


King's College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS