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Kingston University, London

Kingston University London accommodation

Where you live during your studies can play a large part in your overall experience. If you are considering studying at Kingston University London, you will be happy to know that its location is a fantastic place to make your home.

Student.com offers a variety of Kingston University student accommodation within walking distance of the university.

Some of our student accommodations near Kingston University are located in some of London’s most sought-after neighbourhoods, around the corner from some of London’s most fashionable shops, eateries and nightspots.

Give us a call or message us on live chat to learn more about the Kingston University accommodation we offer. Our booking consultants are happy to answer all of your questions.

Where is Kingston University located?

Kingston University is based in Kingston upon Thames, a beautiful and vibrant area on the River Thames in southwest London. The borough has the bustle of city life without the hustle and is consistently rated as one of the safest and happiest places to live in London.

The lively, student-friendly location sits on the doorstep of the English capital neighbouring historic Hampton Court Palace and two royal parks.

The University’s four campuses can be found in and around the town centre with a free inter-site bus connecting them. It’s also just 30 minutes away from central London by train.

With two mainline train stations, a network of bus routes, major motorways close by and easy access to both Gatwick and Heathrow international airports, Kingston’s excellent transport links make it easy to visit, even from further afield.

With royal connections Kingston is full of history and heritage, and also has a strong reputation in the fields of architecture, business and health & social care. However, Kingston also offers all the highlights of city living in a leafy, riverside location - ideal for studying and living.

The city’s riverside is home to many events and activities, including the annual Dragon Boat Festival and the Regatta. The river offers a great selection of restaurants, bars and boat trips as well as picturesque walks.

It also has its own acclaimed theatre, a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, live comedy venues and lots of nightclubs.

Kingston is also a shopper’s paradise. With more than 500 shops, the city has everything you would need, from the famous Bentalls store and a variety of department stores, fresh fruit and vegetables from the outdoor market, to antiques and boutique stores.

Studying at Kingston University

If you decide to study at Kingston University, you will be choosing one of the most diverse and multicultural universities with around 5,000 international students from more than 140 countries across the world, with the total student body being over 18,000.

The university is proud to be multicultural, welcoming around 1,500 new international students every year.

Kingston University (KUL) ranked as one of the top 40 universities in the UK in the 2021 Guardian University Guide league table and inside the top 650 in the QS World University Rankings for 2022.

High-quality teaching

One of the primary reasons for its high ranking is its teaching excellence. KUL offers career-focused courses that lead within their field in the UK and London and are taught by teachers that are research-active and respected in their fields.

The combination of researchers and active practitioners inspires forward-thinking teaching that is bolstered by the application of the latest industry insights and in-depth research.

KUL is one of the top universities in England for design and crafts and has cemented its position as a top global destination for fashion and textiles. Its BA (Hons) Fashion degree is internationally acclaimed and has been featured prominently by influential website Business of Fashion.

The undergraduate fashion programme was one of just two in the UK and 11 internationally to receive the maximum possible ‘Badges of Excellence’ - a feature in the website’s prestigious rankings.

Great support for studying

KUL’s four faculties are ordained with modern resources and cutting-edge facilities, creating a robust learning environment. With award-winning learning resource centres, computer suites, and online access, the university is well equipped for research, writing and revising.

Its award-winning Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Unit does its part to ensure a supportive and welcoming community by helping to provide all students with a wide range of support services.

If you’re an international student, from before you even leave your home country, until after you graduate, you can get support with arriving in the UK, visas and immigration, health and counselling, religion and spirituality studies, improving your English language skills, CV preparation and job fairs.

Student life at KUL

Kingston University (KUL) welcomes students from many different ethnicities, nationalities and backgrounds. With such a welcoming, inclusive, diverse and multicultural community, wherever you are from, KUL will feel like home.

Although uni life is primarily about studying, it is also an opportunity to enjoy experiences that you will carry with you for the rest of your life. At KUL, it’s more than setting the building blocks for a bright future, it’s also about discovering who you are, trying new things, making new friends and having fun.

The university has set up a range of initiatives that will help you to develop, inside and outside the classroom so that you graduate with more than just a degree.

You’ll have opportunities to take part in many leisure activities, enjoy many social events, join clubs and societies, or get into the team spirit with sports.

Student Union

The Union of Kingston Students is the voice of the student body and is dedicated to making your student experience enjoyable and worthwhile.

It runs a range of entertainment events that cater to different tastes, setting up enjoyable activities, and providing free and independent student support throughout the year.

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet like-minded people, do what you love and get active. Student societies and volunteering opportunities are available for practically any culture, subject, campaign, passion, faith and activity you can think of.

You’ll also have opportunities to join sports clubs and use first-class sports and fitness facilities or get involved with the community.

Kingston University London history

Kingston University’s roots go back more than 120 years to the 19th century when Kingston Technical Institute opened its doors in 1899, offering courses in chemistry, electric wiring, construction, nursing, dressmaking and clay modelling.

Eighteen years later, Gipsy Hill College for teacher training, was opened. 

In 1926, the institute was formally recognised as a technical college by the Board of Education and in 1957 Kingston was recognised as a ‘Regional College of Technology’ by the Ministry of Education.

In 1970, The College of Technology and the College of Art merged to form Kingston Polytechnic, offering 34 major courses, 17 of them at degree level. 

Five years later, Kingston Polytechnic merged with Gipsy Hill College before officially becoming Kingston University after being granted university status under the Further and Higher Education Act in 1992. 

Frequently asked questions about student accommodation near Kingston University

How can I book student accommodation near Kingston Uni on Student.com?

You can use our search filters to compare listed student properties based on budget and other preferences. After selecting one that you like, go to the property page by clicking ‘View rooms’. There, you’ll need to choose your preferred room type and then click ‘Enquire’ or ‘Book Now’.

You’ll then be asked to leave your contact details which one of our booking consultants will use to contact you to take you through the next steps of the booking process and answer any questions you may have.

Why should I choose private accommodation over halls of residence?

Booking a private accommodation will provide you with a modern, convenient and well-secured private property. Many modern PBSAs (purpose-built student accommodations) have excellent facilities on offer for their students. These typically include things like games rooms, lounge areas and in-house gyms.

Living in private accommodation instead of halls or residence will also give you the option to freely choose your preferred room type, whether you want to stay in a shared apartment with flatmates or live in a studio apartment by yourself.

By booking a private property, you can also choose to live in any area of the city you like. With about 500 different properties on offer in London, you can surely find one in an area you like, and with good transport links to the KUL campus.

What are the different room types you offer?

We offer three different room types:

In a Shared Room you’ll share a bedroom with at least one person. Other living spaces will be shared with your roommate, as well as other tenants from other rooms.

In a Private Room the bedroom will be just for yourself. Depending on the property, your bathroom might be private or shared. Other living facilities are shared with other tenants.

If you book the Entire Place you’ll get your own bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette, meaning you’ll get a self-contained studio property without having to share with anyone.

Are bills included in the rent?

Typically, all bills are included, and you won’t have to pay for anything other than your rent. But make sure to check on the property page if this is the case with the property you like, as some properties have slightly different policies.

Are the rooms fully furnished?

Again, this will depend on the property you are interested in, but most of the properties we list in London are fully furnished.