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Kingston University


Kingston University is a public research university based in an attractive riverside area in south-west London, Kingston University is known for its career-focused courses and excellent teaching quality. Students from all over the world have achieved success at Kingston University. With students from 150 countries, representing nations across the world, Kingston is a truly multicultural university and proud of it. It welcomes around 1,500 new international students every year.

Kingston University has been named among the globe's top 200 institutions for business and economics education in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings subject tables (2017-2018). The University has been named as one of the best young institutions in the world  and among the top two in the United Kingdom  in the latest prestigious TOP-200 QS rankings of universities under 50 years of age (2017).

The University has roots going back more than 100 years. In 1899, Kingston Technical Institute opens, offering courses ranging from Chemistry, Electric Wiring and Building Construction to Nursing, Dressmaking and Clay Modelling. In 1970 The College of Technology and the College of Art merge to form Kingston Polytechnic. In 1992 Kingston Polytechnic becomes Kingston University.

  • Year established
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    South East England
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Academic specialism

Architecture, aeronautical engineering, forensic science, geography, geology, illustration and animation, law, mathematics, nursing and midwifery, social sciences and surveying.

  • 5 faculties - divided into schools
  • 4 campuses -in and around Kingston upon Thames

Each campus at Kingston has its own character. But they all combine state-of-the-art facilities with a friendly study environment, setting modern architecture against a backdrop of natural beauty.

  • Penrhyn Road: The hub of student activity in Kingston. Students from all campuses converge on this large complex, home to the Students' Union headquarters, the gym and the health centre. Students based here study: Arts and Social Sciences; Engineering (Civil); Computing and Information Systems; Radiography; and Science.
  • Kingston Hill: is a modern hillside campus set in landscaped gardens three miles outside Kingston town centre. It enjoys a real community feel. Students based here study: Business; Law; Music; Health; Social Care; and Education.
  • Knights Park: has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The riverside setting provides an appropriately picturesque backdrop for the University's design students. Students based here study: Architecture; Art and Design; and Surveying.
  • Roehampton Vale: is a modern building close to Richmond Park. Its top-quality facilities, designed exclusively for engineering students, provide important vocational experience. Students based here study: Engineering.
  • St George's: Health and Social Care courses are run in partnership with St George's, University of London (SGUL). Some students are therefore based at SGUL's campus at St George's Hospital in Tooting, south-west London. Students based here study: Health; and Social Care.


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Kingston University
River House
53-57 High Street
United Kingdom
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Kingston upon Thames is only 25 minutes from central London and has been consistently reported as the safest borough in London (Metropolitan Police, 2013) and the happiest place to live in Greater London (Rightmove, 2013)! Located on the River Thames in an affluent part of south-west London, it's no surprise Kingston is the ideal student location.