Kingston University has an excellent record for teaching quality, aiming to develop potential, transform lives and improve the world around. Students have a choice of topics that reflect their interests and the demands of a modern workplace. Four teaching campuses are located in and around Kingston upon Thames, which is a lively, student-friendly riverside town just 30 minutes away by train from the capital.

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town


On the outskirts of a city or town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: K84

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 77%
  • Postgraduate 23%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 85%
  • Part Time 15%

Where students come from

  • UK 83%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 12%

Student gender

  • Male 42%
  • Female 58%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Four libraries, one on each of the main teaching campuses, offer extensive opening hours throughout the year, with 24-hour access (term-time) at Kingston Hill and Penrhyn Road campuses. Resources include more than 350,000 books and audiovisual materials, 270,000 e-books and 73,000 e-journals. IT facilities include more than 1,800 open access PCs and more than 250 laptops for loan, including MacBooks. All libraries have Internet access and Wi-Fi.
  • The award-winning service includes online chat to help with library queries from any campus or from home. There is also expert support for the development of web and multimedia content.
  • Special collections include the Iris Murdoch archives, among others.

Student jobs

  • The Careers and Employability Service helps students find part-time work through its Jobs Central facility and from online sources.

Careers advice

  • Kingston University's award-winning Careers and Employability Service provides tailored support to Kingston students and recent graduates, building partnerships with a wide variety of employers and industry professionals to get inside knowledge and provide greater development opportunities.
  • With a base on the Penrhyn Road campus, faculty-specific members of the team work on each campus to ensure all students are able to access the service, which includes interactive events and training sessions.

Health services

  • National Health Service (NHS) provision is available, along with independent complementary therapists. Please refer to the university website for details.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Well-being services include focused counselling and mental health support, stress management, and drug and alcohol advice.
  • Support is provided through groups and workshops, listening sessions, and drop-in advice, as well as an online support service and self-help guides.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Disability support

  • Disability and mental health advisers, based in the Student Life Centre, coordinate support arrangements and resources to enable students to benefit fully from their time at Kingston University.
  • Specialist support is available for students with disabilities, including students with long-term health conditions, mental health conditions, physical or sensory impairments and specific learning differences such as dyslexia.
  • A range of accommodation is suitable for disabled students and, wherever possible, accommodation can be further adapted to meet individual needs. Extensive support for disabilities is available in the specialist Access Technology rooms within the libraries; for students with specific learning differences this may also include the reformatting of core texts.

Other services and facilities

  • Specialist course facilities include a scene of crime house, a moot courtroom and community legal advice centre, and a Bloomberg trading room for business and finance students. Teaching students can hone their skills in a virtual classroom.
  • Engineering facilities include a Learjet 25, flight simulators, drop tower (for weightless environments) and global navigation satellite systems equipment. Computing-related courses have CAVE (Centre for Augmented and Virtual Reality Environments) and a games laboratory.
  • Creative facilities include a 3D materials workshop, a digital media workshop, interacting hackspace, a moving image workshop and an architectural science and technology laboratory (ArchiLab). Performance instruments include a double-size Javanese Gamelan, as well as an analogue Visconti recording studio, film-, audio- and video-editing facilities, and a newsroom.
  • Healthcare facilities include VERT (Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training) suite – a simulated cancer treatment room. There are also practice simulation suites and well-equipped clinical skills laboratories (including fully-equipped hospital beds and patient simulators) for nursing students and paramedics.

Students' Union

  • The Union of Kingston Students is run by students for students, with representatives that campaign on student views and give guidance.
  • Unmissable events and activities include the biggest Freshers' Fayre in the South East of England, providing a week of lively social events where thousands of new students can join societies, sports, and student services. Every year the union's societies run hundreds of events from themed nights to guest speaker events or trips abroad. The union can also help students to run their own sports clubs and societies.
  • Independent advice and support is available for students, along with lots of wonderful volunteering opportunities.


  • 1899 Kingston Technical Institute opens.
  • In 1970 the College of Technology and the College of Art (which separated in 1930) merge to form Kingston Polytechnic.
  • 1992 Kingston Polytechnic becomes Kingston University.

Fascinating Fact

  • For the past nine years Kingston University has been one of the top two institutions in the UK for the number of graduates starting up their own businesses.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Ed McKeever MBE − 2012 Olympic Gold in the men's 200 metre kayak sprint.
  • Glenda Bailey OBE − editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar.
  • John Tiner CBE − first chief executive of the UK Financial Services Authority.
  • Lawrence Dallaglio OBE − international rugby player.
  • Jonathan Asherson − regional director for south east Asia, Rolls-Royce.
  • Ben Barnes – actor.
  • Brian O’Rourke − chief composites engineer for Williams F1 Engineering Ltd.
  • Simon Kneen − creative director of fashion brand, Banana Republic.
  • Sophie Hulme − designer with her own label.
  • Caryn Franklin − fashion commentator and current professor of diversity at Kingston University.


Kingston University, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2EE