St George’s is the UK's only specialist health university. Based in south west London, we share a campus with one of London's busiest NHS hospitals, St George’s University Hospital.
Our size, campus and specialism makes us unique. We’re dedicated entirely to medical and health sciences education, training and research. Every member of staff and student you'll meet here is committed to making a difference and is driven by similar interests. Plus our students are immersed in a professional clinical environment right from day one.
Our aim is to advance health research and education that transforms people’s lives in our community, throughout the UK and around the world. We offer a breadth of educational opportunities in healthcare and science, from medicine to paramedic science. Students work and study alongside others on different clinical career paths, building multi-disciplinary understanding.
Teaching is intertwined with medical and healthcare practice, and most lecturers are clinically active or have extensive clinical experience.
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 ranked St George’s best for graduate prospects in the UK, with 93.6% of graduates moving straight into professional employment or further study.
St George’s has also been ranked the best in the world for the quality of citations for research influence in the Times Higher World University Rankings 2018.
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Our facilities are first rate, offering access to state-of-the-art clinical and scientific educational resources.
Paramedic simulation centre
Complete with two fully-fitted rear sections of an ambulance, three purpose-built domicile rooms, a skills lab and an immersion room capable of 270° projections, this space can be adapted to fit any required environment. Students using the facility build their confidence, flexibility and resilience.
Our science laboratories can be used for biological, chemistry, biomedical, molecular biology and pharmacy practicals. The type of equipment we have includes microscopes, spectrophotometers, PCR machines, organ baths and specialist glassware. We also have audio-visual equipment installed, so that microscope images can be projected on to large screens.
The dissection room is where present and future healthcare professionals and scientists in the hospital and university learn or refresh their anatomy knowledge directly from the human body, through access to cadaveric material and models, and plastinated specimens.
The art of living suite
The Art of Living suite is a specifically designed teaching facility for occupational therapy. It has adapted kitchen and bathroom facilities alongside furniture and equipment so that students can practise assessment and intervention skills. We use specialist recording equipment in the suite to provide feedback and to help students develop their interpersonal and communication skills.
Our on-site museum houses a collection of over 2,000 pathological specimens, including a number of original specimens donated by Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie in 1843. This space is used for small group tutorials by students across all of our courses as an educational tool to help them understand the mechanisms of disease.
Our modern health sciences library offers a wide range of books, e-books, academic journals and other resources to support you. You will also have access to online resources such as the Canvas virtual learning environment and our Hunter discovery service to help you find the information you need. The library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and comprises of silent, quiet and group learning areas as well as four group discussion rooms.
We have five computer suites housing 260 workstations. Three of these suites are accessible 24 hours a day. It’s easy to find a free space with our handy real-time computer locator. We also have 75 self-service laptops available. Free wifi covers the whole campus, including all accommodation. You can use these resources to access your course materials, discussion boards and feedback through Canvas, the virtual learning environment provided by library and Learning Technology Service
We offer a careers service to help current students and recent alumni with careers advice and support. This includes:
- Relevant, timetabled workshops as part of your course
- One-to-one guidance discussions to help you with career decision making and queries
- Guidance on preparing CVs, covering letters and job applications
- Practice interviews and tips on how to handle assessment centres
- Support to help you identify your transferable skills
- Access to a range of resources including careers information and jobs board.
We encourage our students to start thinking about their career options early on and to develop their employability skills during their time at St George’s, both independently and through curriculum-based activities.
There are plenty of places to eat and drink on campus and in the surrounding area catering for different tastes and budgets. The spacious Students’ Union Bar hosts regular club and band nights, quizzes and sports and film screenings. We also have a games room, a music room, a café, a dance studio and several counselling and welfare rooms.
As a St George’s student, you automatically qualify for membership of the Students' Union (SU). Almost a whole floor is devoted to the Students’ Union, which exists to represent your interests, look after your welfare and enrich your social life.
The Students’ Union also organises events and allows students to create societies dedicated to sports, cultures or specialisms.
You also get the added benefit of being part of the National Union of Students (NUS) and University of London Union (ULU), which offers support and advice, along with social events you can take part in at its central London headquarters just 30 minutes away.
Our hockey, rowing, football, netball, rugby union, cricket, fencing and many other teams are always on the lookout for new members. Whether you are international standard or have never played sport in your life, St George’s offers teams to suit your abilities. The majority of our sports teams play in the British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) and The London Universities Sport Leagues (LUSL) cups. There is also the added competition of the historic inter-medical-school battles in the United Hospitals and National Medical Schools competitions. Run by students for students, our teams and groups strive to provide the best possible choice of social and sporting activities.
From day one you’ll be provided with support when you need it. Our Student Centre team can help you with almost any aspect of student life: finances, accommodation, exams and assessment, academic procedures, admissions, international queries, careers, disability and wellbeing, even finding your way around –whatever it takes to make you feel at home.
All students are assigned a personal tutor from their very first day. Your tutor will be an invaluable point of contact and source of academic support throughout your studies.
Grants and bursaries
If you are a UK student you may be eligible for financial support from the UK government to help with living and study costs. Eligibility depends on your personal circumstances and household income. If you have any questions regarding grants and bursaries at St George’s, please email [email protected]
The disability service is the first point of contact for any student, current or prospective, who is disabled or has a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia. If you have any questions regarding disability support at St George's, please email [email protected]
Mature student support
While the rewards speak for themselves, leaving the world of work to return to the classroom can be daunting. So you might like to know that 70% of our student body is ‘mature’, i.e. 21 or over when they start, and many have family and caring responsibilities. You won’t be alone!
Chaplaincy and faith support
Many faith communities are represented on campus and there is a multi-faith and quiet contemplation room on site. Pastoral support is available to all who seek it.
Our Open days give you the chance to find out precisely what St George’s can do for you. Discover more about the subjects that interest you, meet our students and staff, see the facilities for yourself and experience the St George’s spirit.
Our Open Days cover both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Come along to an open day to:
- get a feel for the atmosphere at St George's and the warmth of the people studying and working here
- talk to current students and ask questions about living and studying at St George's — they will be able to show you around the library, lecture theatres and teaching spaces, IT suites, labs, the Students' Union, the bar, cafes and shops
- find out more about our courses, entry requirements and the St George's student experience
- meet other applicants with whom you might be studying.
How to get to the uni
We'd always recommend leaving plenty of time to spare when you set off, as London road and rail networks get very busy and there is always a chance of delay.
St George's, University of London is in Tooting, south west London, and shares a site with St George's Hospital. Our front entrance is wheelchair-accessible and we are about five minutes’ walk from Tooting Broadway Tube station.
Enter the university and St George’s Hospital site via Effort Street. Head for the main hospital entrance in Grosvenor Wing next to Marks and Spencer. Follow the corridor straight ahead and continue through the archway signposted ‘St George’s, University of London’ into the Hunter Wing. The main reception is on your right.
The nearest Tube station is Tooting Broadway (Northern Line, Zone 3). The tube journey takes about 22 minutes from London Bridge and 25 minutes from Waterloo. St George’s is about five minutes’ walk from Tooting Broadway underground station. Consult the Transport for London website for further details.
Several buses stop directly outside St George’s, and even more stop at Tooting Broadway underground station.
Download a map of bus routes from St George's (PDF)
Tooting mainline station is a 15 minute walk away. The line runs from Wimbledon to Luton and Bedford, via King’s Cross. Visit the Thameslink website for more information.
We have bicycle racks on campus and at the Halls of Residence. Please check the Transport for London cycling website for London cycling maps and route planners.
The closest major roads are the A3 from the west, M23/A23 from the south and the A2 from the east. Visit Google for a map of the local area.
St George’s is not located in the Congestion Charge zone.
The university does not have public car-parking space so, though there is a limited amount of pay-and-display parking in the area, we strongly advise using public transport.
Courses and fees
Our courses are academically demanding and we look for strong exam results. As well as A Levels, Baccalaureate and Access Diplomas we also consider a range of other qualifications. Our website has full, up-to-date information on all the entry requirements for each of our courses.
For UK/EU entry, the following UCAS application deadlines apply:
Medicine courses 15 October
All other undergraduate courses 15 January
We conduct interviews for all our undergraduate courses except Biomedical Science and Clinical Pharmacology. The majority of our programmes, such as Medicine, Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy and Radiography, conduct Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) which involve candidates completing a series of activities or scenarios rather than one long interview.
Prospective students undertake a total of eight five-minute tasks. You might be asked to consider a hypothetical scenario, answer questions, explain your thinking or undertake practical tasks. The key competencies we are assessing include intellect and a talent for effective learning; empathy; initiative and resilience; insight and integrity; an ability to communicate, organise and solve problems; and the capacity to work well in a team. Healthcare Science interviews are panel style, usually involving two members of staff
All of our applicants (with the exception of Biomedical Science applicants) must meet a range of Fitness to Practise conditions, such as an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an occupational health (OH) screening, prior to starting their studies. You must be immunised against Hepatitis B and we also recommend immunisation against MMR, Meningitis, TB and Chicken Pox.
Here at St George’s we are based in the thriving, multicultural hub of Tooting in south-west London. Tooting is famous for being the birthplace of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the market, and its amazing, affordable restaurants and bars.
We have close ties with the local community and as an institution we play an active role in the vibrancy of the area.
That London feeling
Our students love making the most of the cultural and educational opportunities in nearby central London, enjoying quick and easy access to theatres, museums, markets, galleries, shopping and sporting venues.
St George’s is five minutes from Tooting Broadway tube station, which is in London Transport's Zone 3. Central London and all its attractions are just 25 minutes away and accessible via the Northern Line tube service, which now runs 24/7 on weekends.
With a Student Oyster Card you get a 30% discount on tube and bus travel, and your Students’ Union card entitles you to discounts and concessions at a wide range of shops, clubs and cinemas. Plenty of museums and art galleries are free to enter, and there’s no charge for mooching through the streets and parks of this awe-inspiring city. Whatever your budget, you should be able to make London your own.
With a variety of pubs, clubs, parks and entertainment, as well as a plethora of amazing restaurants and eateries, there is plenty in Tooting to keep you occupied. The shopping areas in Clapham, Balham, Wimbledon and Colliers Wood are also close by.
Aside from food and drink, we’d recommend taking a walk to Tooting Common to experience Tooting Lido – a 300ft by 100ft outdoor swimming pool which is very popular in the summer months. It was also featured in the film Snatch starring Brad Pitt.
As well as all this, we have Tooting Market – a vibrant up and coming space with independent stores including a winery, a brewery, a gin bar and an Italian restaurant where your order is handmade and cooked in an open fire oven right in front of you. With a DJ playing chilled reggae until the early hours each Friday and Saturday night, it's the perfect spot to relax with friends. With cheap, fresh fruit and vegetables available daily, Tooting Market is sure to become a staple during your time at St George’s.
Sports and recreation
Joining one of the local gyms in Tooting which are easily walkable from our campus. PureGym Wandsworth is open 24/7 with free exercise classes for members and membership from only £15.99 a month, as well as associated benefits for students. Tooting Leisure Centre is also close by and offers a gym, swimming pool and sports court hire – keeping fit at George’s couldn't be easier.
For travelling deeper into London, the nearest station Earlsfield is approximately a 10 minute walk away with the nearest underground station a 15 minute walk away. However, several buses stop directly outside the University, such as the number 44 which goes to Victoria and the 77 which goes to Waterloo, among many others.
Living in halls is a great way to get to know students from across the university. Our main accommodation hub, Horton Halls, offers real value for money, and is among the newest and most competitively priced student accommodation in London. It is less than a mile from St George’s and can be reached easily on foot, by bike or by bus.
Undergraduates and international postgraduates are prioritised for places at Horton Halls in their first year. Most, if not all, of these students will secure a room.
The halls house 486 students in self-catering single study/bedrooms with en suite facilities. Each study/bedroom is fully furnished and has a telephone and an internet connection. Bedrooms are grouped into apartments, with between three and eight students sharing a well-equipped kitchen and dining area. Horton Halls is wheelchair accessible and we provide for students with other disabilities or special needs.
If you have any medical conditions, a disability or personal circumstances which may have a bearing on your accommodation needs, our accommodation team is here to help you find the right place to stay.
In total, nine accommodation blocks are located round a central courtyard. Each has its own entrance, stairs, lift and vending machines, and includes a common room with comfortable seating and a large plasma-screen television, where students can relax and meet friends.
Utilities, including water, heating and internet access, are included. There are laundry facilities on site, secure storage for 200 bikes and a reception manned 24 hours a day.
A local bus service, running every 20 minutes, serves the halls and drops off right outside the University’s main entrance.
The weekly rate at Horton Halls for the 2019/20 academic year is £168 for a standard room and £178 for a premium room.
When planning how much money to allow for accommodation, we recommend budgeting for a 42-week academic year, although this may be longer for some courses.
Many of our students live in private accommodation, and there are a great many reasonably priced rooms, flats, maisonettes and houses available in and around Tooting. Shared flats and houses are often passed from student group to student group within the St George’s community. Most of our students end up living within a 15- to 20-minute from the university.
Housing advice and support
A Student Accommodation Advisor is on hand with help and advice, whether you’re staying in halls or a private flat. We also work very closely with the University of London Housing Services (ULHS), which maintains lists of registered private landlords and private halls of residence, and operates a contact list for students offering or wanting somewhere to live. ULHS also assists with tenancy agreements, and deposit and rent queries.
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The surgeon Henry Gray trained at St George’s and went on to write ‘Gray’s Anatomy’, first published in 1858 and still on every medic’s reading list.
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