On the doorstep of London, Kingston upon Thames offers all the benefits of city living, in a beautiful riverside setting. It's a student-friendly location with a lively shopping and nightlife scene.
Nightlife and culture
- Kingston upon Thames boasts vast green spaces, including Bushy and Richmond Parks, and a spectacular riverside location close to Hampton Court Palace.
- With a number of popular bars and restaurants, a 15-screen cinema and bowling alley, Kingston has a lively nightlife. Major London attractions are just a train ride away.
- Kingston has a thriving arts scene with music venues, museums and the university's Stanley Picker Gallery, while performances at the Rose Theatre include work by students.
- Kingston has cafés and restaurants to suit every taste and budget. It's a popular retail hub, with more than 500 shops and a bustling market place.
- As well as the university's sports facilities at Tolworth Court, Kingston is close to many top venues including the rugby union stadium at Twickenham and Wimbledon tennis.
- Kingston University guarantees an offer of accommodation for all new full-time undergraduate students for the September intake.
- Halls of residence provide 2,440 rooms, most with en-suite facilities, and in flats with up to eight other students.
- Halls are on or close to the university's main campuses. There is a free inter-site bus service that also serves Kingston town.
- Support is provided for students searching for rented accommodation, including local properties managed by the university.
- EU or international students studying at Kingston for the first time and for less than one year, can book a room in lodgings.
Accommodation costs 2020/2021
£4960- £16500 per year
- Union of Kingston Students champions student views and provides experience through campaigning and student council membership.
- More than 100 societies and sports clubs provide opportunities such as trips abroad, socials, workshops and much more.
- The union runs a range of events, including Freshers' week, the Varsity sports challenge and a global festival.
- Kingston University's four campuses can be found in and around the town centre.
- A free inter-site bus service connects the campuses. Environmentally efficient, it has disabled access and a mobile tracker.
- A power-assisted e-bike scheme allows students to hire a cycle to travel between Penrhyn Road and Kingston Hill campuses.
- Kingston's transport links make commuting simple, with two mainline train stations, a network of buses, and motorways nearby.
- Gatwick and Heathrow international airports are easily accessible from Kingston University by both road and public transport.
- Students can apply for one of 600 student ambassador roles which offer training, flexibility and competitive pay.
- There are a wide variety of local part-time jobs available, from sports coaching to social care, advertised during jobs fairs.
- Support includes a specific part-time jobs fair.
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