Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.
Name: Chris Abitbol
Course: Film Studies with Business BA(Hons)
Year: 2nd year
Route to University: Baccalaureate
Accommodation: University halls in 1st year and a private house share with friends in 2nd year
"I'm a dual American-French citizen and grew up in France and Europe. I finished my high school education in an international school in the south of France and did a Baccalaureate. Then I decided to come to England. I've found it easy to settle in and I don't want to leave now. I really enjoy living in the UK and think it's somewhere I'd like to work for quite a long time.
"I've been making short films for five or six years so I thought this would be a great degree for me. And I'm studying business as a minor subject to tease my mother! But it's definitely worth it – right now we're doing marketing, which I'm really interested in. It allows me to mess with the idea of products.
"I'm big on travelling, I've moved around my whole life. I liked the sound of the course and the location. I like it that it's not the city but London's still nearby. I think it was the right choice. I love it here – it's great.
"The course allows me to explore all the things I like about film. It's not just hands-on but also theory and history, which I really enjoy. With the business part of the course, I love the discussions and the practical elements.
"I couldn't say anything negative about the teaching and the lecturers - the lectures are very good and the tutors very helpful. It's good – I'm a happy guy.
"I really enjoy the fact that we have all the film materials necessary at our disposal. I make a lot of film in my spare time, including videos for my band. I've got all the equipment I need and it's available all the time.
"University is much better than school, both academically and socially. I was so sick of high school by the time I came here and I think university lets a lot of people just come into their skin. It's more private-study based, which is important for me. I enjoy having the freedom to study on my own – you learn a lot more and you retain a lot more. Plus it's centred around what you really enjoy. I do well here because I'm studying something I enjoy.
"I want to do so many things, most likely a masters degree in the near future. I really want to work for a television company – my dream is to work for the BBC. My course is helping me work towards this goal as I'm getting more experience in the areas I really enjoy and it's helping me develop my practical, hands-on skills."
Name: Sophie Mezei
Course: BA(Hons) Drama with Film Studies
Level: 1st year
Route to University: International student with French Baccalaureate
Accommodation: Halls of residence
"I come from Hungary but I had lived in France since the age of five. I wanted to do a degree in Britain because it's a completely different system of education with much more opportunity to study something artistic or cultural. I am a big fan of film and I wouldn't even consider this course as studying - it's just doing what I love.
"I applied to several universities and chose Kingston because it is very convenient. It is not in the chaos of London, but it's nearby. The centre of the town is lively but you can also find somewhere peaceful to go.
"On the course, I hadn't realised that I was going to be given the opportunity to shoot a small film so early on in the first semester. I really got into that. I also like the fact that the library has so many resources. It's open late and has loads of films so I can catch up on my cinematic knowledge. I really love being able to stay there as long as I like, just watching movies. I have also really enjoyed the group work in drama. We have a lot of freedom but it's not unstructured because there's always someone there to talk to.
"I've found the module leaders very accessible and down to earth. They are really attentive to our concerns. In lectures, for instance, they'll ask if we need them to slow down or go over anything.
"The University also has its own student magazine called Sublime. I submitted some articles about movies and they were published, which was really satisfying. As I go through the course, I see my future moving more towards the film side of things. But the atmosphere in the drama centre is so warm and friendly that I am really glad I chose to do this as well.
"I think in the first few weeks at Kingston you have to plunge into university life. There are so many things on offer that you've just got to get out there and make the most of being at university."
From 2013 to 2018 Dr Will Brooker, reader in film, will be the first British editor of the Cinema Journal, the publication of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. SCMS is the leading scholarly organisation in the United States and Cinema Journal, which has been running since 1967, is the leading scholarly publication in the field of cinema and media studies.