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St Mary's University, Twickenham

St Mary’s University, Twickenham is a public university based in South West London, It traces its origins back to 1850 and is known as the oldest Roman Catholic University. It was formally granted a university title in 2014 and each year welcomes over 5000 students.

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St Mary's University, Twickenham

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the St Mary's University, Twickenham.

  • Rankings

    St Mary’s University, Twickenham (SMU) has received a Gold rating from the Office for Students (OfS) for student experience at the University in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The rating acknowledges the student experience is ‘typically outstanding’ at SMU.

  • Employability

    80% of graduates are in graduate level jobs within 3.5 years. At St Mary's we are proud to have a 95% graduate employment rate (Source: DLHE survey).

  • Fees

    Undergraduate home fees for a full time course are £9250 and £11,100 for a two year degree. International undergraduate fees are £16,890 for full time students and £16,320 for two year degrees.

  • Bursaries

    The University offers 9 different bursaries from fixed amounts of £2000 to £3000 and some with varying amounts. Full lists can be found here.


The University has two catered en-suite halls: De Marillac and Cashin and Cronin; four catered standard halls: Clive, Graham Wiseman and Doyle, Waldegrave Park and Old House; and one catered shared at Waldegrave Park House as well as one self catered standard room at Grosvenor Apartments. Additional options to stay with a host family and further information can be found here.

Students' Union

The Student’s union offers over 20 different sports clubs and 39 different societies which can be found here.

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St Mary's University, Twickenham Students' Union
St Mary's University, Twickenham Students' Union

Famous for

Famous alumni include Joe Wicks, Mathew Wells, James McEvoy, Tom O’Conner, Paul Clement and Toby Gold.


Following the tragic deaths of 27 migrants in the English Channel, Colin Carswell, ‘Human Trafficking, Migration & Organised Crime’ lecturer at St Mary’s University, spoke to Sky News, explaining how smuggling gangs operate, how they exploit people in the most vulnerable situations, and the challenges of investigating and stopping the gangs.

AFS says

"Don’t worry, London students; London is far better than the terrible clubs you visited during Fresher’s Week. Away from the Tiger Tigers and Zoos there is a whole world of fantastic nightlife and student pubs in London.Even if getting stuck to the floor of The Piccadilly Institute has sworn you off of clubbing for life, the capital offers so much to do. Plus, despite its reputation and what every parent tells you, you can afford to do it all without having to sell a single one of your kidneys, trust me".

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