St Mary's University, Twickenham, is a modern, friendly university based in leafy Strawberry Hill on a single London campus, where all 5,000 students are valued, encouraged and supported. St Mary's has invested £2.6 million to help under-represented students get into higher education and support them during their studies.


In or close to the countryside


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


Located on a green space in, or near to, a city or town centre

UCAS Code: S64

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 75%
  • Postgraduate 25%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 79%
  • Part Time 21%

Where students come from

  • UK 94%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 2%

Student gender

  • Male 47%
  • Female 53%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities


  • The university has two libraries, one on campus with 300 study spaces, and within a ten minute walk of the campus, a brand-new £6 million facility with approximately 270 study places to suit different working styles, plus a café.
  • Also available, the 24-hour i-Learn Café offers students open access study space with refreshment facilities, along with a large collection of library resources in both online and printed formats to support learning and research.

Student jobs

  • Job opportunities in the area are plentiful, whether in bars, shops or sport-related.
  • The university employs students via their Student Ambassador training scheme.
  • Accredited work experience modules are available as part of degree programmes.

Careers advice

  • A dedicated careers service is available to students.
  • The Careers team will help students find part-time work during their studies as well as graduate-level jobs.

Health services

  • The Student Well-being Service has a dedicated mental health adviser who works with students with a possible or actual mental health diagnosis, and/or experiencing emotional or psychological distress or personal difficulties during their time at university.
  • Working as a point of contact for students throughout their studies, the mental health adviser can signpost or refer students to relevant support networks within the university or external services such as GPs or health professionals.
  • Please refer to the university website for further information.

Counselling services

  • Professional and experienced counsellors offer support to students for any emotional difficulties they are going through. They link with other areas of the Student Well-being Service and other teams in Student Services.
  • All counsellors abide by the ethical framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which assures complete discretion.

Disability support

  • The Disability and Dyslexia team work closely with the other members of the Student Services team, providing support across many areas in a private and confidential environment.
  • Please refer to the university website for further information.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union is committed to providing social events, support and information and to be a voice for students.
  • The Students' Union building includes a bar with a screen playing a mix of Sky Sports, ESPN and music channels, and a wide range of leisure facilities, including a multipurpose hall with its own performance stage.
  • More than 50 clubs and societies cater for just about every interest.


  • Founded in 1850, St Mary's University has a long and distinguished history within higher education.
  • His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, was appointed as Chancellor in 2015.

Fascinating Fact

  • In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI visited St Mary’s University as part of the first Papal visit to the UK since 1982, leading three events at the university.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Sir Mo Farah – distance runner and four time Olympic gold medallist, BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017.
  • Pete Postlethwaite OBE – Oscar-nominated actor.
  • Rebecca Romero MBE – cyclist and Olympic gold medallist.
  • Mohammed Sbihi MBE – rower, Olympic gold and bronze medallist.
  • Joe Wicks – fitness coach and TV presenter.
  • Chris Chibnall – television writer including Broadchurch and Doctor Who.
  • Clara Amfo – BBC Radio 1 presenter.
  • Tom Grennan – musician.


St Mary's University, Waldegrave Road , Strawberry Hill, Twickenham , TW1 4SX