We understand that arriving in a new country can be both exciting and a bit scary! That's why we offer a free airport pick-up service for new international and EU students living in the local area.
This service forms part of International Arrivals and Orientation.
The September 2016 intake airport pick-up service will take place on Wednesday 14 September.
IMPORTANT: If you are an EU student with a place in a University hall of residence, and planning to use our airport pick-up service, you must check the date that you are allowed to move in to your accommodation before you book yourself onto the service
You will be met in the arrivals area by a Kingston University representative. You won't miss them - they will be holding a bright yellow Kingston University sign and wearing a bright yellow Kingston University t-shirt.
At the airport, you may have to wait with other students for a coach or taxi, and your transport may make a number of stops before you arrive at your destination. We estimate that you'll arrive at your destination up to three hours after we've met you at the airport. Depending on where you will be living, and the time of day you arrive, you will either be taken directly to your accommodation, or you will be dropped off at the International Arrivals Lounge, where a free taxi to your accommodation will be provided.
We recommend that you bring no more than two pieces of reasonably-sized luggage that aren't too heavy, so that you're able to carry all of it on your own. There is a fair distance to walk to the coach or taxi at the airport and you might also need to walk with your luggage when you arrive at your accommodation.
If you are arriving on another day outside of the operating hours, have missed the booking deadline, or want to arrange your own transport, Kingston is easy to get to:
If you will be living outside of what we class as the local area, you will need to arrange your own transport. For information about public transport between Heathrow and Gatwick airports and the Kingston area, please visit our getting to Kingston webpage.
If you would like to book a taxi at your own expense, here are local taxi companies we'd recommend:
If you can't find a Kingston representative, please go to the airport information desk in the arrivals hall and ask for a public announcement to be made for any Kingston University representatives to meet you there.
Unfortunately, we can't offer spaces on the pick-up service to your relatives or friends. However, we can advise on public or private transport options.