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European and Study Abroad Office

Contact the team


General enquiries:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3228


Enquiries about coming to Kingston as a visiting student:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3629


Enquiries about going abroad as a Kingston student:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 3626

Student life

We are aware that you may only be studying with us for a semester or a year, and wish to ensure that you are offered a wide variety of opportunities to maximise your experience whilst here.

Broadly, there are at least three different departments within Kingston University which offer social activities for Study Abroad/international exchange students:

Students' Union

Kingston University's Students' Union (KUSU) is the heart of university social life for most students. Run by students, it provides support and entertainment throughout your time at Kingston University. KUSU organises social events, clubs and societies and also provides advice if you have any problems at University.

Visit the Kingston University's Students' Union (KUSU) website to find out more.

Cultural, religious and interest societies

KUSU runs more than 50 societies relating to interests, including politics; culture (eg the International Students' Society, and the Arabic, Oriental and Scandinavian societies); religion (eg the Hindu, Christian, Islamic and Sikh societies); and other interests, such as computer games, the environment, entrepreneurship and even Bhangra music!

Sports clubs and facilities

KUSU also runs nearly 30 sports clubs, including everything from badminton, football, cricket, rugby and tennis, to snow sports, sub-aqua diving, sailing, skydiving and martial arts.

The University has superb facilities for outdoor sports, including rugby, football, cricket, archery, netball and tennis. We also provide access to a range of other sporting facilities through links with local organisations and clubs.

Our Fitness Centre at Penrhyn Road features a modern 65-station gym with the latest cardiovascular and weight training equipment. There is also an air-conditioned aerobics and dance studio offering a range of dance and fitness classes.

What our students say about student life at Kingston University

open quote I joined a society during my time at Kingston and it was a great way for me to meet more people from other countries and form close friendships that I hope will last for years to come. As soon as you leave Kingston, you'll be planning a way to come back! close quote

Julia Petty, Appalachian State University – Autumn 2010

International Office

The International Office runs a wide variety of different events for international students throughout the academic year. Some of these are free and those that are not are subsidised and represent excellent value for money.

Events which run as part of the welcome and orientation programme for new students include ten-pin bowling, walking tours of central London, a traditional Sunday lunch in a local pub and theatre nights. These are organised in September and then again in January.

In addition, the very popular monthly International Café events held at the Rose Theatre allow you to meet another international students over a free hot drink.

Each event is themed (eg Guy Fawkes Night, Valentines Day) and involves quizzes and games. Find out more.

European and Study Abroad Office (ESAO)

The ESAO also runs its own events specifically for visiting students throughout the academic year. These have included welcome and end of term parties in Kingston's largest traditional pub, quizzes, roller discos, laser tag and Thanksgiving celebrations.

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