Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.
Name: Julius-Cezar MacCallan
Course: Psychology with Criminology
Level: In 3rd year
Route to University: Access course
Accommodation: Rented privately
"I have been interested in psychology since I was little. I chose to study it with Criminology because I think the subjects complement each other and I haven't regretted that choice.
"I had been to Kingston before I started University. I loved the atmosphere of the town, its proximity to London and its surroundings. After the open day I was sold on the University too, having been well impressed with the presentation the Sociology team gave us.
"There are lots of things I've enjoyed about the course: the practicals, the presentations, labs in forensic biology, ethnography assignments, lectures in psychology and the sheer variety of the modules. I've also loved ‘getting my boots dirty' during the fieldwork. Meeting beggars and buskers was a real eye-opener.
"Some of the lectures will stay with me for the rest of my life, and the teachers have really inspired me. The relationship between lecturers and students is amazingly relaxed, amiable and friendly.
"The University offers lots of opportunity to do extra activities and I've joined the karate and French societies. There's also a great multicultural atmosphere among the students, and the variety of nationalities here has had a big impact on me. I've made lots of friends. It's enhanced my life experience overall.
"Going to university was a huge step for me, but it's definitely the experience I have enjoyed most in my life so far. Well, with few exceptions!"
Name: Fisayo Olajide
Course: BSc(Hons) Psychology
Route to University: A-levels
Accommodation: Halls of residence 1st year, shared private accommodation with friends years 2 and 3
"I did A-level Psychology and it was really interesting. I wanted to learn more about the subject and I chose to study at Kingston because it's a nice location and it's near my home.
"One of the best things about the University is the people. I have met some really nice people from all kinds of backgrounds.
"I've found the course well structured. Level 1 was a really good grounding, Level 2 is more specialised and at Level 3 you select modules based on the areas you want to focus on.
"The guest speakers were another highlight. These are people from different fields who come in to tell you about their work. For instance, during the Forensic Psychology module we had a talk by an ex-policeman. Another time there was a talk from a renowned expert on bullying. All the Psychology students were invited to the lecture. It really gave us the chance to hear how psychology is applied in the real world.
"I have also found the course lecturers very good. In the third year, when you're doing your dissertation, you work with a supervisor in a group of about eight. You all meet up twice a week so you get to know the tutors really well.
"For me the hardest part of the course was deciding on my dissertation topic. It's the main part of the degree and I really wanted to do well. You have to decide what subject area to cover and I found it difficult to think what I would be good at.
"But once I realised I was interested in forensic psychology, I started researching and got loads of help from my supervisor and the other Psychology lecturers who knew about the subject.
"The main difference between university and college is that at university you are treated as an adult. It's up to you to take responsibility for your time. But there are also lots of people there to help you if you need it.
"My plan now is to get some work experience, maybe working as a psychologist's assistant for a couple of years, before doing a Psychology masters."