The UK is a welcoming place to live – making it a great choice for international students. The country has a long and fascinating history, but also embraces the modern. Kingston upon Thames is no exception.
Close to central London by train for when you want to experience the big city, but also nestled away in its own small town. In Kingston, you will find beautiful parks, traditional red phone boxes and the famous River Thames.
The UK is a popular choice for students from all over the world, with big cities having the largest international community. Kingston upon Thames is a popular choice for international students thanks to its close transport links to London. Currently 36% of the student population at Kingston University are international (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018). As well as experiencing British culture and developing your English language abilities, by studying here you will also be able to meet people from other cultures - making you a true global citizen.
London is known as a global hub in business, with many graduates heading there to climb the corporate ladder. A large amount of worldwide businesses have offices in London, making it an exciting and diverse place to work.
Living close to London means you can explore the city to get an insider knowledge. With a degree from Kingston, not only will you be close to the city, but you will benefit from studying at a University known for its career preparation. Alongside your programme, you can also benefit from the University's careers service to prepare you for success after graduation.
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.
Travel in the UK is made accessible because of its effective transportation system. Thanks to its close proximity to London, you can easily explore a range of other popular UK destinations from nearby coastal towns to further afield cities like Manchester and Edinburgh. The UK is also perfectly situated for easy travel to the rest of Europe, with the University having a variety of nearby airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.
You can use the UK’s nationwide rail network to explore the rest of the country. Most towns have a train station connecting them to nearby destinations. Being close to London means you have access to the many large stations in the city, allowing you to travel almost anywhere in the UK. Manchester and Cardiff are both just two hours from London by train. Edinburgh in Scotland is only four hours away by train. As a student, you will also be able to benefit from student discount.
Buses are generally used to travel short distances, especially around the town you are living in. Kingston upon Thames is home to the iconic red buses you may have seen on television. As a student of Kingston University, you can also benefit from a free bus which travels all around the town. You can also use buses to travel further around the UK, which is often cheaper than taking the train. Though the vehicles for these longer journeys, which can also travel to Europe, are referred to as coaches.
The easiest way to travel around London is by tube. The tube is a series of connected underground train systems, also referred to as the London Underground. Many tube lines now run 24 hours on the weekend, ensuring you are always able to travel around the capital.
Travelling around on the tube and London’s network of overground trains is simple. You can use tickets known as travel cards, a pre-paid Oyster Card, or even use contactless payments from UK bank cards. Kingston Train Station is included within zone 6 of the London transport network, making travel to and around the capital even easier.
The UK is home to many budget airlines, making travel to Europe cheap and easy. Living in Kingston, you are close to a variety of airports, including:
"One of the beautiful things about Kingston is that you have all the advantages of a small English town, but you’re 20 minutes by train from Central London."
John Cotis, Academic Lead at Kingston University, London - International Study Centre