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Kingston University

Kingston University London is located within the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in the South West of London. Its roots go back to 1899 when the Kingston Technical Institute was founded, but it was not until 1992 that it received university status and was known as Kingston Polytechnic. There are currently 13,105 home/ European students and 2,680 international students from more than 140 countries at the university.

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the Kingston University.

  • Rankings

    Kingston University is ranked a top 5 university in London in 21 subjects in the 2023 Guardian University Guide. It is also in the top ten universities for studying biosciences and nursing in London.

  • Employability

    Kingston University places great emphasis on real-life learning that equips students with the skills they will need for the workplace. All of the courses are led by experts in their fields who allow students to put their theory into practice.

  • Fees

    Undergraduate tuition fees are £9,250 per year for UK and EU students. For international students, the cost ranges from £16,200 per year for classroom programmes and £18,400 for art and design programmes for 2024/2025 Admissions. For more detailed information, click here.

  • Bursaries

    There is a minimum of 400 bursaries of £2,000 available to students who start courses at Kingston University in September 2023. The details of eligibility can be found here.


In addition to providing a wide range of accommodation options, Kingston also runs a ‘flexi-stay’ scheme to cater to commuting students who may wish to book a room on a casual basis. There are 2,005 rooms available in Kingston’s halls of residence; most with en-suite facilities and a number of self-contained studios. AFS also has a selection of recommended private accommodation options here.

Students' Union

The Union of Kingston Students works hard to improve the lives of students and change the issues that matter to them. Being politically independent from Kingston University, the Union represents the voice of its students. The broad range of clubs and societies encourage students to try something new and gives the opportunity to meet many people.

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Famous for

Kingston University is known for being a top institution for fashion, journalism and publishing and it specialises in the arts, design, fashion, science, engineering and business


Kingston University’s School of Art fashion degree is among the best in the world, as it has received the maximum possible ‘Badges of Excellence’ by the Business of Fashion. This prestigious ranking was only rewarded to one other university in the UK and ten others internationally.

AFS says

"Situated on the River Thames, Kingston is placed in a historic location between capital and country. Students make up more than half of the town’s population who are drawn to its close proximity to central London".

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