Four students on Kingston's riverside.

Student life at Kingston University International Study Centre

Where is Kingston? 

Kingston University is located in the beautiful riverside town of Kingston upon Thames. An ancient market town, it is the ideal place to experience quiet, small-town life whilst having easy access to vibrant city living. A train to central London only takes 25 minutes. By living in Kingston, you have the benefit of experiencing all London has to offer, without the hectic lifestyle. 

A supportive student community with 140+ countries represented on campus, so you can feel at home no matter where you’re from. Kingston is also one of London's safest boroughs — in 2023, it was ranked as the fifth safest out of 32 (HomeViews, 2023) — so you can explore your new home with confidence.  

Becoming part of our community 

When you join Kingston University International Study Centre you become part of a welcoming, diverse and inclusive community. Whoever you are, wherever you come from and whatever your background, the University will feel like home, and your Kingston experience will be one you will carry with you for the rest of your life. 

An Ideal Campus Life 

Kingston University has four campuses, each with its own specialities and distinctive appeal. The university has invested over £118 million to revamp facilities across all campuses. In 2021, the Town House located on Kingston's Penryn Road campus was awarded the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize and the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award.  

Sports clubs and facilities 

For many Kingston University students sport is a passion, so we've really invested in providing and maintaining outstanding facilities for a great variety of outdoor sports. With 30 sports clubs on campus, students have a great opportunity to try something new. Tolworth Court sports ground covers over 20 acres and includes 12 football pitches, two rugby pitches, three cricket squares, tennis courts plus floodlit training areas. 

Students’ Union 

The Union of Kingston Students is a student-run organisation offering sports and entertainment activities, over 70 cultural, religious and interest societies and advice and support to students. There's always something to get involved in at Kingston University. Every year the Union of Kingston Students' societies run hundreds of events including: 

  • charity fundraisers; 
  • dinners and dances; 
  • themed nights; 
  • conferences; 
  • guest speaker events; 
  • fun activities; and 
  • trips abroad. 

The societies come together for big events like the Global Festival – a week-long festival celebrating diversity, culture and internationalism. At the end of the year it's the Societies and Volunteer Awards, celebrating all of the exceptional work that societies have done. 

Welcoming Community

Afaq from Pakistan, in a computer lab

Kingston is welcoming to all the international students. They offered a lot more opportunities and facilities.

Afaq, from Pakistan
Studying International Foundation Year in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

London living

Home to students from 200 countries across the world, London provides the very best of culture, history and fashion, as well as being one of the world’s leading business capitals - the perfect setting for students to begin building a global business network. Discover living in London

Career opportunities  

As an international student in the UK, you are able to work for up to 20 hours as part of your Student visa. Discover more about the Graduate Immigration Route.

Become a Student Ambassador

We have an exciting opportunity available at the International Study Centre to develop your social media skills and contribute to our social channels!

Get involved in taking over our social media, writing fun blogs, hosting Q&A sessions, shining bright at events, starring in our marketing materials, sharing your daily activities, and creating engaging content through photos and videos.

Of course, this would also be an impressive experience worth adding to your CV. Once your Student Ambassador role comes to a finish, you will receive a LinkedIn recommendation from us based on your performance.

“Choosing to apply to the student ambassador position was way out of my comfort zone, I can just be honest about that. But I'm grateful for the opportunity and it made me get more skills and apply them in my daily life. It made me more open to speaking to different people and getting different perspectives from other ambassadors” – Awrad, a previous Student Ambassador

Kingston University students sat in a class


We offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, to help prepare you for your degree and make the most of your career.

Kingston University students talking to a tutor

How to apply

See how to apply for a course at the International Study Centre and view the documents you need to provide with your application.

Join us today

Our student enrolment advisors are available to answer your questions and help you with your application. We can’t wait to meet you.