At Kingston University, students become part of a welcoming, diverse and inclusive community where they will develop an ongoing passion for their subject.

The university is located across four teaching campuses, in and around Kingston upon Thames. It's a lively, student-friendly riverside town just 30 minutes away from the capital. Each of the campuses has its own character, but all offer state-of-the-art facilities and a friendly study environment.


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

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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 44%
  • Female 56%

Student Services and Facilities


  • Four learning resources centres (LRCs) on each of the main teaching campuses provide wireless access and expert support for the development of web and multimedia content.
  • Extensive opening hours at all sites throughout the year, with 24-hour access (term-time) to the LRCs at Kingston Hill and Penrhyn Road campuses.
  • Access to more than 350,000 books and audiovisual materials, 270,000 e-books, 73,000 e-journals and more than 1,800 open access PCs.

Student jobs

  • Kingston University's multi award-winning careers and employability team, KU Talent, provides innovative and inclusive support to Kingston students and recent graduates. This includes helping students find part-time work through its Jobs Central facility.
  • Please refer to the university website for more information on part-time work while at Kingston University.

Careers advice

  • Kingston University's multi award-winning careers and employability team, KU Talent, provides support to Kingston students and recent graduates, developing and maintaining 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 along with independent complementary therapists.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Counselling services

  • 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, co-ordinate 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 learning resource centres.

Students' Union

  • The Union of Kingston Students is run by students for students, with representatives that campaign 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 including dinners and dances, themed nights, conferences, guest speaker events, fun activities, and 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.
  • 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

  • The first computer purchased by the College of Technology (later part of Kingston) cost £50,000 – and that was back in 1966!

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, 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 SE Asia, Rolls-Royce.
  • Ben Barnes – actor.
  • Brian O’Rourke − Chief Composites Engineer, 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