Kingston student life

Kingston student life

Live and learn in Kingston

Kingston University is much more than a place of education; you will also enjoy a vibrant and exciting student life. Combining a small English town with the bustling city of London means that Kingston is a unique place to be a student.

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.

Living in London as a student, you will be free to explore one of the world's most famous capital cities. Whatever your interests, you will never be bored — with international restaurants, galleries, world-class shopping  and famous landmarks on your doorstep.

Fantastic facilities

As well as great sports facilities, Kingston University has a range of other facilities available to help you get the most 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 to refurbish its studios, and now offers industry-standard equipment in 3D workshops, digital media workshops, photography suite and filming studio – helping you to gain adaptable skills for the workplace.

The Students' Union, known as the Union of Kingston Students, is run by students, for students. As well as offering advice and guidance, the Students' Union runs a number of fun events and activities throughout the year. Popular events include the week-long Global Festival, which celebrates international diversity and culture.

The Union of Kingston Students runs more than 100 student clubs and societies. You can connect with people from your course or country, practice a skill 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 at Kingston with over 40 sports to choose from. Clubs include fencing, kayaking, snow sports, American football, sailing, dancing, mountaineering and even skydiving.

In addition to organised clubs, Kingston is home to 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.

How much you spend during your time at Kingston depends on your budget and lifestyle. Many shops and attractions offer student discounts, allowing you to save money. Another way to save 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

Supporting our students

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

  • A personal tutor, who will provide academic guidance and advice during your time at university.
  • The Student Life Centre at the Penrhyn Road campus, which can give you advice on everything from accommodation and student funds, to disability support.
  • StudySpace, an online learning tool that gives you access to teaching resources, timetables, blogs and discussion boards.

“The student life in Kingston is really nice. You not only enjoy the study experience, you also enjoy the beauty of London and the River Thames.”

Bella, Taiwan

International Year One in Business and Management

Progressed to BA (Hons) Business Management