We're based in Kingston upon Thames, a busy riverside town on the borders of London and Surrey.

Living in Kingston gives you the excitement and variety of London life without the stress of more inner-city areas. Located on the south-west edge of London, around 12 miles (19 km) from Trafalgar Square, Kingston is part of Greater London.

Home to around 29,000 university and college students, it's a lively, thriving, student-friendly place, packed with historic buildings, leisure venues and open spaces for you to enjoy life as a student. It's also the seventh largest retail centre in the UK (according to the Kingston Council website). So you could never call it a sleepy suburb!

Student life

Whether you fancy an affordable night on campus or want to paint the town red, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Head into Kingston upon Thames and you'll find:

  • drama at the Kingston Rose theatre;
  • film at the 14-screen Odeon cinema;
  • clubbing at Pryzm, the Hippodrome, Bacchus, Ama-gi or McClusky's;
  • comedy at the Fighting Cocks pub;
  • live music at the Grey Horse pub;
  • bowling at the Rotunda;
  • poetry and literature at the Kingston Readers' Festival; and
  • art at the University's Stanley Picker Gallery or Dorich House Museum;
  • food and drink in the town's many restaurants, bars and pubs.

Innovative learning

We're also keen to use the latest technology to keep your studies fresh and engaging.

  • Our virtual learning environment, StudySpace, includes learning and teaching resources, multimedia material, discussion boards, wikis and blogs. It also enables you to create your own profile, networks and groups. Recent developments include mobile access, improved desktop video-conferencing and podcasting, and video-enhanced instant messaging. You can use this environment to study where you want, when you want, from any internet-enabled computer. 
  • We're continually trialling the use of new technologies in learning and teaching, including the use of electronic voting systems in lectures and the role of mobile and personal technologies (eg mobiles, cameras, YouTube, Facebook) to support learning. We're also developing the role of virtual worlds, so that, during snowy weather, our computing students were able to attend virtual lectures in an open-air auditorium under a warm summer sky!
  • We're also investing £millions in new buildings, teaching facilities and our learning resources centres.