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Kingston University is situated in Kingston upon Thames, south-west London. Its main campus is on Penrhyn Road, close to Kingston town centre, however it has several other campuses including ones at Kingston Hill, Knights Park and Roehampton Vale. It was established in 1899 as Kingston Technical Institute and reached university status in 1992. It currently has 19,981 students, including 17,333 undergraduates.

General Information
Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, UK
Kingston University, River House, 53-57 High Street, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 1LQ
+44 208 547 2000
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Total students:
2,168 (excluding temporary staff)
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Applicants per place:



There are libraries available on each campus (Penrhyn Road, Kingston Hill, Roehampton Vale and Knights Park). Each library has specific specialist collections depending on subjects taught on campus. The LRCs offer computing facilities, DVD/Video libraries, periodicals, group and quiet study areas and of course thousands of books. 24-hour openings are now available.

IT and Computing

The uni has a wide range of IT equipment, mostly RM computers (Research Machines) which are all up-to-date offering Windows XP, and Microsoft Office 2007 Professional Suite. The libraries offer a large number of computers, plus wireless access for laptop use, as does the new Galsworthy building at Penrhyn Road campus. The university offers a very fast internet connection, which serves the campus sites and the halls sites.


There is a fitness centre at the Penrhyn Road campus which has two floors: the ground floor is for weights, aerobic hall and treatment rooms while the first floor has many cardio machines as well as some machine weights. There are two main membership levels, Gold and Silver. Silver allows entry only before 3pm. Aerobics classes are free to members. The fitness centre is open to everyone over 16, but has discount rates for the university students and staff.

Tolworth Court sports ground is the university's outdoor sports facility. It offers students grass pitches for cricket, football and rugby plus floodlit hardcourt pitches for tennis, netball and five-a-side football. Many other leisure and recreation activities are offered for students at local amenities through the Students Union.


There are student union shops at both Kingston Hill and Penryhn Road campuses. Knights Park campus also has a shop for art and design equipment on the ground floor.


There is a 'Foodstore' at most campuses offering a variety of sandwiches, salads, cooked meals (with Halal meats) jacket potatoes with various fillings and pasta/noodle bars.


RBS cash point inside Hannafords at the Kingston Hill Campus, Natwest cash machine at Penrhyn Road campus. Banks in Kingston town centre include, Lloyds, HSBC, Barclays, Abbey, RBS, Nationwide, Halifax, NAT West


There is a university bus service which is free of charge and runs between the main campuses and some halls of residence. Numerous local bus routes including 85/K3 to Kingston Hill. Also several train stations, Kingston, Norbiton and Surbiton which are close to campuses and halls of residence.



There is a university Health centre at Penrhyn Road campus, provided by the Fairhill medical practice. The Health centre offers: Doctor's surgery, counselling and various types of complementary medicine from Indian Head Massage to acupuncture.

Careers service

The Careers Service offers advice and opportunities for current students, graduates and even local employers. The university careers service can also help finding work experience and placements while you're still studying to boost your CV. If you need to improve your finances during your studies they can also help to find part time work.

Religious facilities

There are Praying rooms provided on site, with numerous dedicated sites around the Kingston area like churches, for university students. There is also a university chaplain who runs, among other things, the University Christmas carol service. The chaplaincy website is a very useful source of information regarding religious facilities and events.

Part-time jobs

Kingston town offers plenty of opportunities for part time work through the multitude of retail outlets, plus the university runs the jobshop online notice board with literally hundreds of part-time, holiday and even graduate jobs advertised. There are part-time jobs available with the student union, ranging from working for the student newspaper to working in the union bars. Alternatively you could apply to become a Student Ambassador and work for the university at all sorts of events including HE fairs, open days and local school visits.

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Bars, Pubs and clubs

Student union bars: Hannafords at Kingston Hill, Space Bar at Penrhyn Road and The Knight's Park Bar.

In Kingston town centre Bars and Clubs:

Oceana - The biggest club in Kingston, has student nights on Mondays and Wednesdays. Music usually commercial with some cheese. Often have celebrity guests: 2011/12 have seen J Cole/Sean Paul/Calvin Harris and more.

Hippodrome - Also run by Luminar, Hippodrome is very popular with students at the weekend as music is still commercial in the main room but entry and drinks are much cheaper than Oceana. Also, rooms 2 and 3 often play house/dubstep/indie. Thursday nights herald New Slang which is Kingston's most popular Indie night. 2011/12 have seen Mystery Jets/Man Like Me/The Cribs and more play at New Slang.

McClusky's - Generally known as the most 'student' venue - Most nights are free entry for students, especially popular with freshers. Music is almost always commercial/R&B, some garage nights. Often have PAs with people from popular reality TV shows eg. TOWIE/Geordie Shore/The X Factor. Lots of foam parties/UV Paint parties too.

Ama-gi - Small venue, popular with students as relatively cheap.

Bacchus - The 'alternative' venue in Kingston. Has nights that you can't find anywhere else in Kingston such as 50s and 60s rock n roll, punk/metal, reggae, ska, funk/disco, electro and more. Drinks usually very reasonable.

Essence - Kingston's 'premier' club. More popular with locals than students as entry and drinks are more expensive than anywhere else in town.

Pubs: The Kings Tun (Wetherspoons), The Kingston Mill (£1.50 a pint on Mondays), The Ram, The Bishop out of Residence, The Grey Horse (live music), The Druid's Head.

Clubs and societies

The Students' Union runs a huge selection of clubs and societies ranging from ethnic groups, cheerleading or debating through to music groups and sports clubs. The Students' Union also encourages its members to get involved in local community schemes such as volunteering, which could be great for your CV.

Student union

Hannafords (Kingston Hill Campus), Space Bar (Penryhn Road Campus), Knights Park Bar (Knights Park Campus).


2012 prices - Lager/cider - £2.50 - £3.50; Wine (small) - £2.50 - £3.00



Near Kingston Hill/Roehampton Vale Campuses:

Walkden - Large en-suite rooms arranged in flats of 7-10 students. 2012/13 price: £124.50pw

Chancellors - Smaller en-suite rooms arranged in flats of 6-8 students. 2012/13 price: £112.75pw

Both of the above halls are situated on Kingston Hill campus.

Near Penrhyn Road/Knight's Park Campuses:

Middle Mill - Standard room with wash basin, arranged in flats of 3-8 students. Situated next to Knight's Park Campus, 5 mins walk from Penrhyn Road. 2012/13 price: £109.25pw

Kingston Bridge House - Standard room with wash basin, arranged in flats of 5-7 students. 10-15 mins walk from KP/PR Campuses. 2012/13 price: £109.25pw

Seething wells - En-suite rooms arranged in flats of 6 students. 20 mins walk from KP/PR Campuses. 2012/13 price: £115.50pw. Also a limited number of smaller Budget En-Suite rooms priced at £99.25pw.

Clayhill - En-Suite rooms arranged in flats of 4 students. 20 mins walk from KP/PR Campuses. 2012/13 price: £115.50pw.

IQ Wave - Premium En-Suite rooms in the town centre. 10 mins walk from KP/PR Campuses. 2012/13 prices range from £164.00pw - £192.75pw.

Private sector

Students in the second and third year may apply for accommodation through Headed Tenancy; there are also many estate agents in Kingston which offer private accommodation for students. Students are also able to access a list of properties specifically for students via the Blackboard system.



As an ancient market town, many of the buildings in the centre of the town are very old, and several examples can be found in the town's market square. The university's buildings vary largely in architectural style, from original 1940's buildings at Kingston Hill through to ultra modern purpose built teaching facilities opened in 2007/08.

Local area

Kingston is situated only 20-25 minutes from central London. Surrounding towns include Richmond, Twickenham, Wimbledon, and Epsom. Richmond Park can be found close to the hospital and is open to the public 7 days a week (opening times vary). You could also visit Hampton Court Palace which is around 10 minutes away.

Teaching quality

The Times newspaper describes Kingston as "one of the leading new universities" in its Good University Guide 2007, whilst back in 2005 The Sunday Times judged Kingston as offering "sustained excellence".

A 2005 external audit praised several aspects of the teaching quality at Kingston including the accessibility of academic staff, levels of support on offer and external input from industry into course content.

Applying to Kingston

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My interest in science got me appointed as a laboratory assistant whilst I was in my final year at secondary school. The study of biology and chemistry was intriguing and I am highly looking forward to studying biomedical science at university. My interest in biomedical science is due to my passion to be involved in the diagnosis of disease, evaluating treatment and researching the causes and cures of the diseases. My desire to explore health science is reflected in my day to day life activities. Being interested in the caring professions and hospital care, but without the required qualifications to enter a profession, I worked for ISS Mediclean as a ward hostess at Princess Royal University Hospital. I learned a lot about caring for patient such as catering, providing set-up assistance and follow-up care to patients regarding meal service requests. I have also learned to multi-task well without becoming overwhelmed in a busy and stressful ward. Working in different wards like the stroke unit, Chartwell (cancer patients), dementia unit, surgical wards and maternity ward has taught me to treat each patient as an individual. My duties include taking responsibility for the patient's food service, by ensuring their meal is nutritious and appetising, taking the menu list from one patient to another. My communication and team functioning skills have helped me to work effectively with patients. For example, I ensure appropriate meals are given according to the patients' medical and cultural needs. As an Access student of Medicine and Medical Biosciences at Lambeth College, I have become increasingly aware of some subjects I will be studying at university. The study of microbiology is extremely interesting. I gain an insight on the illness and diseases of the human body, the behaviour and destruction of microbes by the action of drugs, for example antibiotics and penicillin and how it was transformed for the treatment of disease. Without biomedical scientists, the diagnosis of disease, the evaluation of treatment, and research into the causes and cures of disease would not be possible. I also enjoyed human anatomy and physiology; it gives an explanatory insight of how the human body works. I also had the opportunity to study pharmacology enjoying the calculation of drugs as it puts my mathematical skill to the test. To explore these topics in greater depth, I bought and read a pharmacology book by RANG, Nursing Calculations by Gatford and, John Playfairs 'living with germs'. It is fascinating to read about the malaria parasite putting people's lives in danger. So how can we ever hope to defeat these organisms? Carrying out experiments in Biology has allowed me to develop my scientific planning, analysis and evaluation skills and writing scientific reports. In addition, I have developed the ability to work effectively as an individual. Having being a victim of infertility has inspired me to study and research this more upon completion of my degree in biomedical science. I would love to work as a trainee embryologist whilst undergoing my certificate in clinical embryology and be involved in the procedure of fertilising eggs with sperm under laboratory conditions. Researching into what the gynaecological histology and diseases of the infertile is part of my five year career plan. Beyond the academic field I frequently surf the internet to read about health and disease. This has helped me in becoming a better student as I enjoy surfing the net for the education forum. I also enjoy watching football and am a Chelsea fan, a makeup artist and enjoy web design. I would love to study this course at your university because it is accredited, have heard of its excellent reputation and I like the fact that is located around London axis. I am focused, positive, have outstanding teamwork abilities and patience. I think these are skills to look for when going into this profession. It would be the fulfillment of my lifelong dream of becoming a biomedical scientist.


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