Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.
Name: Christie O'Connor
Course: Business with Film Studies BA(Hons)
Level: Third year
Route to University: A-levels
Accommodation: Halls of residence in first year; own flat in second and third years
"I always wanted to go to university and my mentor, who I met during work experience, suggested Kingston as it had a good reputation and I wanted to be close to London.
"It was difficult for me to choose one subject and I thought a joint degree would broaden my skills and choices for future jobs. Business is important to have in any profession and film studies gave me a creative outlook into the world of media.
"The third year has been my best year at Kingston. I have very good lecturers who have given me a lot of motivation and advice for life after university. They are passionate and interesting – many do research work or activities relating to their subjects. This gives them a great knowledge and they provide us with excellent advice. I have also matured so I am working harder than I did in previous years.
"I have enjoyed the amount of case studies and examples you do on the course as this helps you apply your studies to real life. The different subjects cover a lot of ground. In Business, you learn everything from finance to marketing. This sets you up with a great deal of information and skills.
"I have always tried to get work experience during the holidays and recently I worked at JWT Advertising. I learnt to negotiate deals and research magazines and newspapers. I also gained communication skills and insight into how to do well in job interviews. I would definitely advise others to get experience. It gives you knowledge and the confidence to apply for any job you want to do.
"I have had some problems during the course and, due to mitigating circumstances, failed a couple of modules. When this happened I found the higher authoritative staff on the course to be very helpful. They encouraged me and I passed everything in the summer retakes.
"Outside of university, I love that Kingston is close to central London, but it is a quieter and more pleasant place to live. It has Richmond Park, great shops, restaurants, bars, bowling and cinema. At Christmas there are cute markets and events, and I love the river and the cool bars in the summer. I have made wonderful friends and have actually bought a flat here.
"For my career I know I want to pursue advertising and public relations and I think I now have the confidence and knowledge to do well."