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The ideal location

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Kingston is consistently rated one of the safest London boroughs (Metropolitan Police) as well as one of the happiest places to live in London (Rightmove).

With so much to offer its residents, Kingston is the ideal location for studying and living. It's also close to both of London's main international airports.

Riverside living

Riverside living

Riverside living

Based on the River Thames, Kingston's riverside is home to many annual events and activities, including the Dragon Boat Festival and the Regatta. The river offers picturesque walks, a great selection of restaurants and bars and boat trips in the summer.

History and heritage

History and heritage

History and heritage

Dating back to the 800s, Kingston upon Thames is full of history and heritage with royal connections. King Henry the VIII's royal palace is nearby and it is rumoured that seven Saxon kings were crowned in Kingston. The town is also home to an ancient market that still runs today.

Shopping

Shopping

Shopping

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

Parks and outdoors

Parks and outdoors

Parks and outdoors

Outdoor space is in abundance. Kingston is home to two of London's eight royal parks, including the largest, Richmond Park, where deer roam freely. It is also close to other outdoor attractions such as Kew Gardens.

Entertainment

Entertainment

Entertainment

With its own acclaimed theatre, a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, live comedy venues and lots of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, Kingston upon Thames has something to offer everyone's tastes.

Sport and leisure

Sport and leisure

Sport and leisure

Kingston caters for all sport and leisure needs with two beautiful royal parks, the River Thames for water sports, more than five gyms and leisure centres to choose from, a stadium, tennis courts and lots more.

London life

London life

London life

With central London only 25 minutes away by train, you'll have the chance to enjoy everything the city has to offer, from West End theatres, to historic sites, to museums, galleries and exhibitions, to the many festivals and events on offer throughout the year. Read more…

Transport links

Transport links

Transport links

Kingston has fantastic transports links, including easy access to central London, Gatwick and Heathrow airports and surrounding areas.

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Contact us

Visa and CAS enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3645

General international student enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3411

Contact us

Visa and CAS enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3645

General international student enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3411

See what it's like

Watch our video of Kingston upon Thames, a lively riverside town with everything you need.

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