Kingston University

Kingston upon Thames | South East England

City

Ucas code: K84

Just 20 minutes from central London, Kingston University has four campuses surrounded by leafy parks, an ancient market town and a picturesque riverside. The hustle and bustle of our shopping centre and gourmet restaurants in the daytime is replaced at night by a vibrant and thriving club scene. The Union is there to help students have the best experience from Freshers' week to free advice.
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What students say about this university

Dialog 652 comments (186 students)
    • The upside

      In my first few weeks, university life proved to be a challenge. There are key enrolment steps that can appear quite daunting...

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      2012, 2nd year, English Literature

      The upside

      In my first few weeks, university life proved to be a challenge. There are key enrolment steps that can appear quite daunting at first, but Kingston University makes the whole process very simple and easy by establishing communication with the students even before they arrive on campus. Coming from another EU country, I found the welcome events set up for International as well as Home students to be the best asset of Kingston University. They contributed to making me feel I was in a friendly environment, and that I could look forward to a challenging but rewarding studying experience. The programme for the first week provided me with ample choice between academic and social events, and it granted me the opportunity to put the university, and myself, to the test before the actual first day of classes. Even then, we were assigned to small groups with a personal tutor that would follow our progress throughout the three years of our degree; I was given the impression, and I am sure my fellow students would agree, that we were more than numbers to our tutors. The daunting experience of being on our own for the first time was made manageable by the excellent support system that Kingston University avails itself of and I honestly could not have asked for a better one.

      2012, 2nd year, English Literature

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    • Academic Experience

      12 hours a week , quite interesting I really don't like the group work because no group does well

      2013, 1st year, Public International Law

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    • Facilities

      They're about what you'd expect.

      2012, 3rd year, Imaginative Writing Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The upside

      Challenge and relevance of corse

      2013, 3rd year, Architecture Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Everyday expenses

      Depends on the type of course you are on as to the course costs, there are lots of good value shops in and around town to get...

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      2013, 2nd year, Film Studies

      Everyday expenses

      Depends on the type of course you are on as to the course costs, there are lots of good value shops in and around town to get good value and bargains. Sometimes it's better to shop around a bit and get different things fro different places and not doing all your general shopping in one shop but instead a few. There's good value and choices of food, drink, and refreshments on campus however being a student i mostly bring food and drink with me that i have prepared at home, this saves money in general and is cheaper than buying a sandwich for lunch everyday. There's a free uni bus which makes things very easy and cheap to get around town between campus'. If you get an oyster card and use your 16-25 railcard this makes traveling outside of the kingston area and into london fairly cheap. There are plenty of bars, shops, cafe's etc to find work and employment in and uni do have quite a few positions and opportunities to work throughout the year.

      2013, 2nd year, Film Studies

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    • Everyday expenses

      there are always transport going to campuses and the university always has opportunities for part time jobs for students.

      2013, 1st year, Theatre & Professional Practice

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 12,500 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

53%

MED

Creative

66%

MED

Sporty

55%

MED

Diverse local nightlife

69%

MED

Varied union activities

62%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
Student score 74% MED
% of graduates in work or further study 87% LOW
Average graduate salary £20.7k MED

Overall student satisfaction

78%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

24,585

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

73%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

21%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

52%

of students are female

Young / Mature

42%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

19%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

62%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

University images

  • The John Galsworthy building

    The John Galsworthy building

  • Student bedroom

    Student bedroom

  • Kingston students dance

    Kingston students dance

  • The Learjet lab

    The Learjet lab

  • C-Scaipe centre

    C-Scaipe centre

  • Kingston Hill LRC centre

    Kingston Hill LRC centre

  • Nightingale LRC centre

    Nightingale LRC centre

  • Netball at Kingston

    Netball at Kingston

  • Freshers ball

    Freshers ball

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