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Kingston University

Kingston upon Thames | South East England

City

Ucas code: K84

At Kingston University we offer world-class facilities, award-winning resources, an enviable location, excellent links with industry and a diverse student population. We make it our goal to provide you with the skills and experiences you need to go on and make a difference – to your own life and those around you.
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What students say about this university

Dialog 741 comments (233 students)
    • Academic Experience

      teaching time varies, as majority of time we're in placement. Initially we had 5 weeks in uni, learning some skills and with...

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      2013, 1st year, Midwifery

      Academic Experience

      teaching time varies, as majority of time we're in placement. Initially we had 5 weeks in uni, learning some skills and with teaching, but I think you learn more getting stuck in with learning on placement, through mentors talking the theory through, answering questions, and trying yourself with mentors overseeing. work consists of practice assessment documents (to be completed in placement); exams and and essay in year one; years 2 and 3 are more essay based work and practice assessment documents (and written and practical exams also).

      2013, 1st year, Midwifery

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    • Facilities

      The student union is very organized and provide an outstanding support for students with any queries and problems. The...

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      2012, 2nd year, Medical Biochemistry

      Facilities

      The student union is very organized and provide an outstanding support for students with any queries and problems. The University's cafe and bar is very lively and there is a wide range of snacks and meals for students to choose from. The are surrounding Kingston has a lot of pubs and a night club for the students who like partying. There is a library in general lacks the amount of books required for the most populous life sciences modules students, and you are required to buy your own books most of the time, which can get a bit costly. At peak times, such as between 11am and 3pm, specially during the Autumn, there isn't enough computers for all students at Penrhyn road campus to use, even though they have recently implemented a few more computers with a limit of 30 minutes time of use.

      2012, 2nd year, Medical Biochemistry

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    • Academic Experience

      will do well if you put little work in

      2013, 3rd year, Chemistry Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Accommodation

      I lived in Clayhill halls during my first year and did not have a gold experience at all. Each flat only has four people living...

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      2013, 1st year, Illustration

      Accommodation

      I lived in Clayhill halls during my first year and did not have a gold experience at all. Each flat only has four people living in it, with 3 flats in a block. On the accommodation website it explains how everyone is mixed up into flats however this is definetly not the case as in my block out of 12 people 6 already knew each other from home, making it extremely difficult to infiltrate their group to make friends - the whole thing about uni is how everyone is in the same boat when it comes to settling in and making friends. Also you move in according to the faculty your course comes under so everyone in my flat moved in on different days which was weird. I didn't get on with any of my flat mates and found living in Clayhill very difficult as there isn't a communal area to go to meet new people, it's very segregated. All my friends were living in different halls that are at least a 20 minute walk away which makes it difficult especially in the winter. I also had horrendous problems with noise, which I notified the halls management about several times to which they did nothing. It was so bad I ended up going home almost every weekend just to sleep and it ran me right down, resulting in me eventually suffering from depression. I lived with especially messy people who never cleaned the kitchen - halls management say that they will remove dirty washing up if its left for more than 48 hours however whilst I lived there several of my flat mates frying pans lay with burnt food in them for 4 months. It was really really disgusting and I genuinely have no idea how I even made it through the year living there. It had a huge impact on my studies and completely drained me. I was very glad when it came for me to leave Clayhill.

      2013, 1st year, Illustration

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    • Everyday expenses

      The food in the LRC cafe is both expensive and GROSS. The student union shop is better but there could be more available,...

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      2013, 3rd year, Social Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

      Everyday expenses

      The food in the LRC cafe is both expensive and GROSS. The student union shop is better but there could be more available, especially for certain dietary requirements. Courses should have more opportunities for work placements as modules. Having to choose between a dissertation and a work placement in third year is poor, why can't we do both? Also, having to pay to print off essays/course documents was a bit cheeky after paying a high amount in course fees. Imperial College get 30 quid worth of printing credits!! Had to purchase 200 quid worth of books too for my dissertation. I don't mind as I had a specialist topic but if there could be a reimbursement scheme for academic texts where you can donate to the library, that would be amazing. Also, first year really needs a very clear guide on how to write uni essays. I genuinely didn't have a clue until someone at CASE had to fix up my essay, which was pretty embarrassing.

      2013, 3rd year, Social Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Nightlife

      There are for sure many pubs and clubs as well, though clubs don't vary much. There are theme nights at clubs. There's one...

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      2014, 2nd year, Photography

      Nightlife

      There are for sure many pubs and clubs as well, though clubs don't vary much. There are theme nights at clubs. There's one venue offering gigs from time to time but it's a club as well. Even though it's not very diverse, nightlife in Kingston is active and it's really easy to socialise and feel good. I consider Kingston area as a student town a bit.

      2014, 2nd year, Photography

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Political

55%

MED

Creative

64%

MED

Diverse local nightlife

63%

MED

Varied union activities

63%

MED

Sporty

56%

LOW

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £20.8k MED
Student score 76% MED

Overall student satisfaction

80%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

20,885

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

78%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

16%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

55%

of students are female

Young / Mature

18%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

18%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

61%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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