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Kingston University, in London is an expanding multicultural learning community, with excellent links with further and higher education, industry and commerce throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

At Kingston University you can find 19,918 students in total from which 3,534 students are foreigners all over Albania to Zimbabwe. With students from 150 countries, representing nations across the world, Kingston is a truly multicultural university. The University is divided into 4 campuses that are situated in and around Kingston upon Thames. University students, staff and visitors benefit from the environmentally efficient buses with disabled access. The borough is only 25 minutes from central London and has been consistently reported as one of the safest borough and one of the happiest places to live in Greater London!

The Country

The United Kingdom consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The UK’s form of government is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system, and its capital city is London. The current British monarch is Queen Elizabeth II. With over 53 million inhabitants, England is by far the most populous country of the United Kingdom, accounting for 84% of the combined total. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west. The Irish Sea lies north west of England, whilst the Celtic Sea lies to the south west. The North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separate it from continental Europe. Most of England comprises the central and southern part of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic. The country also includes over 100 smaller islands such as the Isles of Scilly, and the Isle of Wight. England’s economy is one of the largest in the world, with an average GDP per capita of £22,907. Usually regarded as a mixed market economy, it has adopted many free market principles, yet maintains an advanced social welfare infrastructure.

The City

Kingston upon Thames is a part of Greater London and one of the major metropolitan centres. Dating back to the 800s, Kingston upon Thames is full of history and heritage with royal
connections. King Henry the VIII’s royal palace is nearby and it is rumoured that seven Saxon kings were crowned in Kingston. The town is also home to an ancient market that still
runs today. That is why it is commonly known as Royal Borough. It is one of only four royal boroughs in England and Wales. It is located on the banks of the River Thames, 12 miles(25 minutes) from central London. The river travels through the borough for almost three miles, connecting Kingston to Hampton Court, Richmond and central London. The borough has excellent road and public transport links to all parts of the UK so is well placed as a visitor and commercial centre. Kingston is home to two of London’s eight royal parks, including the largest, Richmond Park, where deer roam freely. It is also close to other outdoor attractions such as Kew Gardens. Here you can also find one of the largest shopping malls in London – Bentall Centre with over 1000 brands.

Student Life

Kingston University Students’ Union (KUSU) offers more than 60 active societies who organise
and run weekly activities related to culture, faith, academia, arts, activities, liberation and
campaigns. KUSU also run more than 30 sports clubs, collectively known as the Kingston
Cougars. You can do one-off volunteer events at festivals or the local dog sanctuary, work
regularly in a school or care home, mentor a teenager, run your own project from scratch – the
possibilities are endless. With its own acclaimed theatre, a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, live comedy venues and lots of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, Kingston upon Thames has
something to offer everyone’s tastes.


Kingston offers a range of high-quality halls, all located close to the University’s campuses. Each hall consists of single-study bedrooms arranged in flats with self-catering kitchens. Different room types are available within a range of price bands. If you wish to live independently in a flat or a house there is a strong private-rented sector in Kingston and the surrounding areas, with a good range of properties available.

Travel Opportunities

There are many opportunities to travel. Kingston has fantastic transports links, including easy access to central London, Gatwick and Heathrow airports and surrounding areas. Explore
South of Great Britain or take a train and visit north Scotland.