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Kingston University London

Situated on the River Thames in south-west London, Kingston University offers internationally recognised qualifications and a supportive community in one of the world’s most exciting capital cities.

London living

London is a great place to be a student and an experience not to be missed. The centre of London is only 25 minutes away from Kingston, offering you easy access to world-renowned landmarks, theatres, museums, shops and nightlife.

Ideal location

The University is located in Kingston upon Thames, a historic and lively riverside town and a short journey from the centre of London. It’s rated one of the safest London boroughs (Metropolitan Police) and one of the happiest places to live in the capital (Rightmove). Gatwick and Heathrow airports are under an hour away, so you’ll never have far to travel to catch a flight home.

Diverse and multicultural

Every year Kingston welcomes students from more than 140 countries to Kingston University. You’ll meet people from all over the world, from East Asia to Africa to South America!

Excellent facilities

Kingston is investing up to £80 million on new campus and teaching facilities. They have the latest e-learning technology, excellent library resources and their design studios, workshops and laboratories are fitted with the best technical equipment.

Top quality teaching

At Kingston University, excellent teaching quality is essential and very important. To ensure you learn from the very best academics Kingston endeavours to employ staff who are: research-active; respected in their fields; active practitioners in their subject who maintain business and industry links.

Career-focussed courses

Kingston's courses place an emphasis on developing work-based skills, so that you can get the important career skills you need to succeed. The three year undergraduate business degrees provide a professionally recognised qualification as well the opportunity for a 6-9 month work placement. Kingston also offers a fantastic postgraduate work placement scheme to allow students to work for 12 months as part of their course. The vocational focus helps achieve some of the UK’s best graduate employment figures.

Supportive community

From before you leave your home country until after you graduate, Kingston University offers a wide range of support services, ranging from a free airport pickup service when you first arrive, to social events that help you make friends, to jobs fairs on campus, to health and counselling services.


Kingston's special international scholarships are worth £2,000 for the first year of study and offer you not only a financial saving but also an admirable achievement that will look great on your CV.

For more information about applying to Kingston University, please contact one of our Across the Pond Advisors.

Student population: 16,785

Number of international students: 3,680

City population:

  • Kingston upon Thames – 160,000
  • London – 8.9 million

Location: Greater London

Closest airports: Heathrow (9 miles), Gatwick (25 miles)

Date of establishment: 1992

Areas of expertise: Creative Writing, Journalism, Art & Design, Business, Graduate Creative Economy courses

Cost of tuition per year: from £13,100 per year (2020/21)

Accommodation costs per week (on campus): from £132

Scholarships: Kingston's international scholarships are worth £2,000 for the first year of study. Ask your Across the Pond advisor for details.

Notable alumni:

  • Gail Emms, celebrated badminton player
  • Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief ‘Harper’s Bazaar US’
  • Eason Chan, Chinese pop star
  • John Richmond, fashion designer 
  • Simon Kneen, Executive Vice President of Design and Creative Director at Banana Republic, 2008-2013
  • Ruby McGregor-Smith, Chief Executive at MITIE
  • Shelley Page, Head of International Outreach at DreamWorks Animation
  • Yoganathan Ratheesan, Founder & Chairman of Lebara Group
  • Hadia Tajik, Member of Parliament for Oslo, Norway in 2009 and Norwegian Minister of Culture, 2012-2013
  • John Tiner, Chief Executive of the UK Financial Services Authority, 2003-2007

Kingston University – AMBA Accredited for 33 years

Kingston Business School’s MBA, DBA and MSc in International Business Management courses have achieved re-accreditation for a further five years from the Association of MBAs (AMBA).

The globally recognized MBA program has now been AMBA-accredited for 33 continuous years, with the latest re-accreditation set to run until 2023.

More than a traditional degree

The UK offers you much more than a traditional degree -  Kingston University, London’s integrated undergraduate programmes are a good example. They include your degree, and business experience, and a path towards professional membership, as well as the opportunity to study abroad, all in three years, and for the same fee as a traditional degree. This combination gives you the knowledge, skills and practical experience that employers look for, enhancing your career prospects.

I want to move back

Name: Tashiel Beckfors - Course: Clinical Applications of Psychology

I was able to travel more than I ever thought possible. I am now obsessed with the idea of moving back.

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Made my plan to move to London totally realistic

Name: Jena Hatch

With the help from my advisor, every application step, some of which were stressful and tedious, very easy!

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Very helpful

Name: Breanne Grazer

The great thing about Across The Pond is they provide support throughout the entire process, from application to visa.

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The support was more than I could have ever bargained for

Name: Marina da Silva - Course: MA Publishing

It was extremely cheap to travel in Europe and during my spare time from classes I had plenty of opportunity to explore London, which is and will always be my favorite city in the world!

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With the help from my advisor, every application step, some of which were stressful and tedious, very easy! ...

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