Student life

Student life

Kingston University is much more than a place of education; it will prepare you for employment. The University offers career-focused courses and excellent teaching, which makes it the perfect place for ambitious students with big plans in business.

This is why it is proud to be the top university in the UK for graduate start-ups, for the sixth year running.

Beautiful setting

The University is based in the beautiful riverside town of Kingston upon Thames. It is a safe and student-friendly town, only 25 minutes from London: the capital of finance, business, and culture.

The Students' Union, known as the Union of Kingston Students, is run by students, for students. As well as offering advice and guidance during your time here, the Students' Union runs a number of fun events and activities throughout the year. A popular event with our international students is the week-long Global Festival, which celebrates international diversity and culture.

The Union of Kingston Students runs more than 90 student clubs and societies. You can connect with people from your course, country, faith or political group or try something completely new. Clubs range from films and food to entrepreneurship and the environment. Or why not start your own society and share your hobbies or ideas with other students?

Keep fit and healthy during your time here at Kingston by getting sporty. With over 40 sports to choose from, this is the perfect time to try a new activity. Clubs include fencing, kayaking, snow sports, American football, sailing, dancing, mountaineering and even skydiving!

In addition to organised clubs, we have top sports facilities. Tolworth Court sports ground covers more than 20 acres and has an incredible 12 football pitches, two rugby pitches, a lacrosse pitch, mini-soccer pitch and netball and tennis courts.

Kingston University also has its own gym at the Penrhyn Road campus, where you can work out with the latest equipment, or take part in one of many fitness classes.

As well as great sports facilities, Kingston has a range of other facilities available to help you get the best out of your degree. As an International Study Centre student, you are welcome to use them all from day one. There are more than 3,000 networked computers across the University, with free wi-fi and access to library resources.

In addition, the University invested £12 million refurbishing the studios. Kingston University now offers industry-standard equipment in our 3D workshop, digital media workshops and a photography suite and filming studio so you will gain adaptable skills to the workplace.

How much you spend during your time at Kingston depends on your budget and lifestyle. You can save money by showing your student card in many shops and attractions, which will offer discounts. Another way to save money is to use the University’s extensive library. This way you won’t need to buy all the books on your course – just the key texts, which your tutor can advise you on.

Here is a rough guide of what you can expect to spend (approximate weekly costs):

  • Halls of residence accommodation: £135
  • Food: £48
  • Leisure: £24
  • Insurance: £8
  • Other (clothes, books etc): £49

Total: £255

The International Study Centre has a number of services to help you settle in and adjust to life as a student.

  • Personal tutor – your tutor will provide academic guidance and advice during your time here.
  • Student Life Centre at the Penrhyn Road campus – get advice on everything from accommodation and student funds, to disability support.
  • StudySpace is an online learning tool that gives you access to teaching resources, timetables, blogs and discussion boards.

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Anna, a student at Kingston International Study Centre

"London is an amazing and magical city with which I have fallen in love. It has everything to offer. I was and am still fascinated by the variety of opportunities and chances you have here."

Anna from Russia studied Law

Career Ahead

Yajun, a student at Kingston International Study Centre

The International Study Centre offers a CareerAhead service as part of all three programmes. It is integrated into your programme and is designed to give you a head start in today’s competitive employment market by helping you become a confident, highly skilled and employable graduate.