Welcome to Kingston University
From extensive resources and facilities to the award winning support provided in areas such as employability and entrepreneurialism, Kingston University is proud of what it can offer and is especially proud of what our graduates achieve as a result.
Offering a wide range of courses from the arts to engineering, business to pharmacy, our lecturers have strong links with industry and the courses have employability skills embedded throughout.
Here at Kingston you will find a university that is a wonderful and varied mix of people, offering you experiences that will help make your time at Kingston rewarding and enjoyable.
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Courses and fees
Kingston University offers a variety of courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation degree level. These courses are focused on giving students the professional knowledge and real skills needed to start a successful career after graduating.
Throughout your time at the University you will be exposed to real world projects taught by champions in their sector, and have excellent opportunities to put theory into practice. Your learning will be current with prominent professionals and researchers feeding the most current expertise into their teaching.
The University is committed to giving people with the potential to achieve the opportunities regardless of their background. Average offers for undergraduate degrees are around 300 UCAS points, but the university also accepts admission from mature students or those who lack traditional qualifications if they can demonstrate relevant experience.
Work placements and internships can really help build your work skills and boost your CV – not to mention the networking opportunities; so many of our courses include an optional sandwich year for students to take on a paid work placement. In your final year you can also get involved in the Inspiring Talent – mentoring programme, a fantastic opportunity to learn from and work-shadow a successful Kingston graduate.
Most undergraduate students can study or work abroad as part of their degree. Kingston University has links in places like: Australia, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, the USA or the Caribbean along with a number of European exchange partners in Germany, Spain, Italy and France. Kingston University students also have the chance to learn a language for free while they’re studying.
There are five faculties at Kingston University: the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture; the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; Faculty of Business and Law; Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education; Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.
Art, Design and Architecture is based on the Knights Park campus and has a history which dates back to the 1890s. It is now one of the most high profile art and design institutions in the world. Many of their graduates are snapped up leading, global brands in fashion and creative industries.
Arts and Social Sciences covers a wide variety of subjects like film studies, journalism, English, media, and music, with opportunities to study joint honours. Students benefit from exclusive facilities for performance, production and research, and are taught by the leaders in their field.
The Business and Law Schools are renowned for its high quality teaching, industry learning facilities and successful partnerships with local, national and international businesses. It produces some of the top legal and business minds in the country, as well as successful entrepreneurs.
Health, Social Care and Education works in collaboration with St George's, University of London and offers courses in nursing, midwifery, paramedic sciences and social work. They are one of the leading providers of health, social care and education courses and training in the United Kingdom.
Science, Engineering and Computing are known for their state-of-the art learning facilities and professional courses. Courses are developed in collaboration with and accredited by the top professional organisations and institutes.
Undergraduate tuition fees for students starting in 2015 is £9,000 per year, while international students' fees vary between £10,750 and £12,350. Postgraduate fees vary so check the individual course pages. International students' postgraduate fees are set between £10,250 and £13,400. All fees are annual and will increase each year in line with inflation.
Kingston University offers a number of bursaries to help you with your studies if you meet certain criteria and also a £1,500 bursary for care leavers. For more information visit our website. The university can give you helpful advice and support on financial aid and managing your money throughout your studies.
Kingston University is spread across 4 main campuses all situated within a 5 mile radius of Kingston Upon Thames, a safe yet lively London suburb. The University has an abundance of specialist learning facilities which you can read more about under courses, and an extensive range of amenities on offer to help students through their studies. The student experience is embedded throughout the University, so if you choose to study here you can be sure that you will find yourself surrounded by a supportive environment.
Library, IT and study facilities
Our learning resource centres (LRCs) have won awards in recognition of the superb student service they offer. With one based on each of the main campuses, catering to the specialist subject areas taught on site, they offer an extensive range of sources. From more than 420,000 books on offer as well as 2,000 printed journals, you will also have access to 45,000 electronic journals and over 1,800 computers. With fast wifi access and a mix of quiet, group and social study spaces, you will easily find somewhere that suits your style of working and if you need a break then you can relax in our welcoming social areas and cafes.
To ensure that you can use the space and services whenever in need, all our LRCs have long opening hours, and the LRCs at Kingston Hill and Penrhyn Road campuses are open 24 hours a day during term time.
Student Life centre
The Student Life centre based on our Penrhyn Road campus, is home to a number of key student support services including – accommodation, money advice, disability support and student funds. All prospective and current students can access the support on offer. The centre is open throughout the year on weekdays so there is always someone on hand if you have a question or query.
Kingston University has an on-campus NHS doctors’ surgery at Penrhyn Road, available to all students. Our health centre also offers a range of wellbeing services and low-cost complementary therapies including: aromatherapy, massage therapy, osteopathy, reflexology and sports massage.
Union of Kingston students
The Union of Kingston Students is the voice of the university’s student body. Home to over 90 student societies and sports clubs, it runs fantastic events and entertainment throughout the year. It is also responsible for a number of venues including the award winning Knight Park bar, and Hannafords based at the Kingston Hill campus and can also offer academic support services to all Kingston University students.
There are more than 40 student sports clubs including everything from football, rugby, basketball and cheerleading to gliding, skydiving, dancing and sailing. There is a new, expansive sports ground which provides ample green space for playing, facilities include 14 football pitches, two rugby pitches, floodlit training areas, three tennis sorts and two netball courts. There is also a fully equipped fitness centre on our Penrhyn Road campus.
International student support
Overseas students choosing Kingston University are in good company. There is a thriving international student body, from over 150 countries, offered extensive information and support services. Through events, societies and diverse teaching, international students can feel at home at Kingston University throughout their studies.
Kingston University's award-winning careers service, KU Talent, are on hand throughout your student life – and beyond. The service helps you develop a range of employability skills; from creating a winning CV, to excelling at that interview. They also offers work opportunities like internships, part-time work and graduate roles along with a number of regular events for networking.
Accommodation can play a large part in your experience at university and here at Kingston we offer a variety of options to suit your needs. You can choose to apply for halls of residence for your first year, live independently in a privately rented flat or house share or if you live locally, travel into the University from home as and when you need to.
Halls of residence
Living in halls is a great way to get to know other people and can be lots of fun. To enhance your student experience, you will normally share a mixed gender flat with other students from different backgrounds and courses.
Kingston University has a wide selection of rooms on offer to stay in. The halls of residence consist of single rooms based in cluster flats with between two and nine students in each flat. All halls are self-catered with shared kitchens and on-site launderettes, and your room is furnished though you'll have to bring essentials like bedding and cooking equipment. A big bonus of Kingston University's halls is that you do not need to leave during Christmas and Easter like many other halls make you do.
En suite rooms
These rooms come with your own private bathroom facilities, and they either come in standard or superior, which is larger than the standard rooms. En suite rooms can be found at Kingston Hill, Clayhill and Seething Wells. The latter also offers budget en suite rooms, which have a reduced height ceiling and a smaller floorspace. All rooms cost between £111.25 and £139.50 per week (2015/16 prices).
Based at Middle Mill and Kingston Bridge House these rooms all have a washbasin and you'll be sharing kitchen and bathroom facilities with between three and eight students. Great for those on a budget, it costs £123.50 per week to live in these type of rooms (2015/16 prices).
iQ Wave is a privately run set of halls leased to Kingston University, opposite Bentall Shopping centre and 10 minutes' walk from Penryhn Road. These halls offer standard, en suite and double rooms, plus studio flats which contain your own personal bathroom and kitchen facilities. Prices start from £194 per week (2015/16 prices).
Other housing options / Private halls
Many students prefer to live independently in the local area rather than in halls of residence. Living independently gives you lots of flexibility. You can live near your campus or elsewhere in the town; choose your own flatmates; find a property to suit your budget; pay your rent monthly; and choose your facilities.
Private accommodation options in Kingston include rooms in house or flat shares with other students; studio and one-bedroom properties; and lodgings.
The Kingston University accommodation team are on hand to help when you're searching for a room or flatshare and there are a number of facilities available to students including a list of latest vacancies in local rented accommodation which is updated daily and a student to student noticeboard which helps you get in touch with other students also looking for accommodation.
A number of students at Kingston choose to stay at home and commute in to university to help keep their costs down.
At Kingston University, we believe that attending an open day is the best way for you to really experience what it is like to be a student here, and to explore everything we have to offer.
We run a number of open days throughout the year and more information can be found below. We look forward to meeting you and demonstrating how Kingston University can offer you so much more than just a degree.
Undergraduate open days
The University organises a selection of open days as well as subject specific days and campus tours. Attending an open day gives you the chance to meet with your future lecturers, find out more about what's on offer on your course and chat with staff members about accommodation, finances and more. Our enthusiastic student ambassadors will also be on hand to share their experiences and show you why Kingston is so special to them.
Upcoming pre application open day dates for 2016 entry:
- Saturday 10 October 2015
- Saturday 7 November 2015
- Saturday 28 November 2015
For more information on what is happening, which courses are represented and how to book an open day visit the universities website.
Postgraduate open evenings
If you are interested in studying a postgraduate course at Kingston University we run a number of evening events throughout the year which give you the opportunity to find out more about the courses and to get a feel for the campuses.
For more information visit the universities website.
We also have a virtual tour which gives you a taste of what there is on offer here at Kingston University. Sit back and get a feel for the campuses and facilities in the comfort of your home. If you like what you see we strongly recommend attending an open day as there is so much more to see.
The next open days for both postgraduates and undergraduates take place on:
- Saturday 28th November 2015
- University wide undergraduate open day
- Wednesday 2nd December 2015
- Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture undergraduate open day
Kingston University's study year is divided into three terms. The 2015/16 term dates are as follows:
Monday 28 September – Friday 18 December 2015 (new students from Monday 21 September 2015)
Monday 11 January – Friday 18 March 2016
Monday 4 April – Friday 24 June 2016
Our students consistently tell us that one of their favourite aspects of studying at Kingston University is the location, and everything it has to offer. As well as everything the University itself has to offer, Kingston itself is a friendly place packed with historic buildings, leisure venues and open spaces. From relaxing in the beautiful royal parks on our doorstep, to enjoying the culture of Hampton Court, the social riverside bars and cafes, and the wide variety of sporting venues within close reach, you can also enjoy the proximity to Central London. It is just a 25-minute train ride away, so you can take advantage of all it offers – from arts and culture to job and career opportunities. London is home to many of the world's leading brands and organisations, especially in the business, creative and science industries. So it's the perfect place to gain valuable work experience and start a successful career after university.
Just wandering around Kingston is enough to fill your days, with so many sights, shopping areas and markets, places to eat and cultural venues. There's always something going on from brilliant productions, interesting classes and workshops, to active sports and big festivals.
The Rotunda is an entertainment one-stop shop with a 14-screen Odeon cinema, restaurants and bars , a David Lloyd gym and Tenpin bowling alley. Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park are also nearby. Kingston also hosts a number of festivals throughout the year including the International Youth Arts Festival , Kingston River Festival and the Food Festival.
If you are an art lover, you will love Kingston with its excellent galleries, theatres and music venues. The Stanley Picker Gallery, which is devoted to exhibiting contempory exhibitions, is located at the Kingston University Knights Park campus, the home of Art, Design and Architecture. The Rose theatre has been graced by world-class thespians (Dame Judy Dench and Timothy West) and emerging talents alike. The Rose Theatre is known for well-loved classics, from A Christmas Carol to Romeo and Juliet and the Importance of Being Earnest to the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, or the monthly visit from The Comedy Store – one of the most celebrated comedy clubs on the planet.
In Kingston you can have a good night out without going out of pocket.
There is a huge range of pubs, bars and clubs catering to all types of interests. Popular student pubs include The Ram, The Mill and the Fighting Cocks.
If you don’t fancy cooking then you can find a wide range of resturants, many offering student deals and if you are after a night of dancing then there are a number of clubs offering great student promotions and themed nights including Bacchus with themed nights ranging from indie and rock to punk and emo to the more mainstream Pryzm nightclub or The Hippodrome which regularly hosts live bands.
If you're up for more of a quiet night, you might head to the Rotunda to watch a film or go bowling, or go and see a show at the Rose theatre.
Sports and recreation
You'll be spoilt for choice on campus, but even more so out in the active borough of Kingston Upon Thames – lots of leafy parks, lovely riverside, local sports clubs, national and international sport activities all on your doorstep. There are active clubs in almost every sport and leisure activity from archery to free-diving, croquet to tenpin bowling. There is also a fantastic choice of local leisure centres and gyms with modern facilities and fun classes to take advantage of, including of course, the University's own More Energy fitness centre.
If you enjoy watching competitive sport then take your pick with Chelsea, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers (QPR) football clubs nearby you can go and see some premier league action. Wimbledon and Twickenham are just down the road if Tennis or Rugby is more your thing and you are spoilt for choice if you fancy a day at the races, with Epson, Sandown and Kempton racetracks all nearby.
Don't forget, you're only a short train ride away from the city of London, home of the 2012 Olympic Games so you can also get involved in in celebrated events like the London Marathon or Prudential Ride London. You can also enjoy the great parks of London where you can go rollerblading or horseback riding (Hyde Park), playing tennis or fishing (at Battersea), or take part in something more unusual like acrobatic rock and roll, BMX, bubble football and dragon boat racing. In London, the world is your arena!
Like Kingston, London is truly for everyone. You can be a loud and proud tourist visiting the big landmarks like the London Eye, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. You can also get into the contemporary scene with terrific cafes, bars and restaurants, gigs, film screenings, theatre productions, exhibitions and markets and just so many completely unique experiences. It's all just 25 minutes away by train from Kingston stations.
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