Living in Kingston upon Thames

Discover 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 both quiet small-town life whilst having easy access to vibrant city living. A train to central London only takes twenty-five minutes. By living in Kingston, you have the benefit of experiencing all London has to offer, without the hectic lifestyle.

Lively student town

Home to a great number of students, there is always something to do in Kingston upon Thames. You will find a wide choice of cafés and restaurants, as well as entertainment options such as comedy, theatre and the cinema. Despite its liveliness, Kingston is consistently named one of the safest boroughs in London by the Metropolitan Police (2017).

Culture and history

Filled with cobbled streets and red telephone boxes, Kingston is the picturesque traditional British town. Alongside the shops and restaurants of the town centre, you will find historical buildings giving you a glimpse into the United Kingdom’s long history.

Getting around

Exploring Kingston is made easy by the free Kingston University bus. As a student of Kingston University, you will have free access to different bus routes travelling all over Kingston. This allows you to get to and from any of the University’s four campuses, and from your accommodation to the city centre and train station.

London living 

London has something for everyone – and by living in Kingston, you can easily reach central London by train. London was recently ranked as the best city for students by QS Best Student Cities 2018, ensuring a fantastic student experience. As well as being one of the world’s leading business capitals, London offers the very best of culture, history, art and fashion. Many major global companies have their headquarters in London, providing a link to fantastic employment opportunities upon graduation. You will also be close to some of the country’s top attractions, such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.

River Thames

One of the most famous geographical landmarks in the United Kingdom, the River Thames, flows through Central London – and can be clearly seen in any map of the capital. Following the Thames leads you straight to the town of Kingston upon Thames. The river is an important part of life in Kingston, and many areas of the city are built around it. You can enjoy a relaxing afternoon spent in a riverside café, or even take a boat ride to nearby Richmond upon Thames to visit Richmond Park and Hampton Court Palace.

Kanishka testimonial

“In Kingston, I’m only 25 minutes away from London so I’m connected with the city. Everything is accessible for me here so Kingston was a really good choice, even the airport is only 30 minutes away. I like this place, everything is so close by that I don’t have to go anywhere and search for things.”

 

Kanishka, India
International Year One in Business and Management
Progressed to BSc (Hons) Business Management

Exploring Kingston

Free University bus

Students can take advantage of the Kingston University bus to explore Kingston upon Thames. This free bus service allows you to travel between the International Study Centre, all University campuses and the town centre. Watch our video to see the bus in action and discover the best places in Kingston.