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Penrhyn Road

Just a few minutes' walk from Kingston town centre and halfway between Surbiton and Kingston train stations, the Penrhyn Road campus is busy, lively and cosmopolitan, with a range of cafes, bars and restaurants on site.

It also has central University facilities such as the fitness centre, health centre, the Union of Kingston Students and the Student Life Centre, which provides services such as accommodation and finance advice. There are modern classrooms, lecture theatres, IT areas, meeting spaces, a learning resources centre that is open 24 hours a day during term time and the award-winning John Galsworthy building.

The University's new landmark Town House building, which will provide learning, exhibition and community spaces when it opens in early 2020, is also located here.

Students based here: arts and social sciences; civil engineering and construction; computing and information systems; law; mathematics and statistics; science; and surveying.

Getting here

Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE

Penrhyn Road is central to Kingston town centre and easily accessible by public transport.


Trains run regularly from London Waterloo to Surbiton station (midweek 10 trains per hour, journey times 15–32 minutes) and Kingston station (midweek four trains per hour, journey times 28–33 minutes). Both Surbiton and Kingston are in Travelcard Zone 6.

For further information, visit the National Rail Enquiries website.

From Surbiton station

  • Leave the railway station via the main exit
  • Cross the mini-roundabout to Claremont Road
  • Take the 71, 281, K2 or K3 bus towards Kingston
  • Get off at the 'Kingston University' stop
  • The Penrhyn Road campus is on the other side of the road

From Kingston station

  • Leave the railway station via the main exit
  • Cross at the lights in front of you on to Fife Road
  • Turn left on to Castle Street
  • At the end of Castle Street continue ahead on to Eden Street
  • Cross the mini-roundabout to Brook Street
  • Cross over at the lights and head right towards the roundabout
  • Go straight over the roundabout on to Penrhyn Road
  • Penrhyn Road campus is on your left opposite Surrey County Hall


The 71, 281, K2 and K3 buses all run along Penryhn Road and there are stops directly outside the main entrance. For further information, visit the Transport for London (TfL) website.

London buses no longer accept cash, but you can pay using an Oyster travelcard or with a contactless credit card. More information on fares and payments can be found on the TfL buses website.

We also run a free intersite bus service for students, staff and visitors – KU1, KU2 and KU3 – which stops outside and links the campus with Kingston and Surbiton mainline stations, other campuses and halls of residence.


Cycle parking facilities and showers are available at this site. Kingston University also has a fleet of electric, power-assisted bikes for hire to travel between the Penryhn Road and Kingston Hill campuses. Rates start at £1 a day, with membership options available for staff and students.

For further information on cycle routes around the University, visit the Cycle Kingston website.


We strongly recommend visitors use the excellent public transport links instead of driving. The University has limited on-site parking facilities and prioritises staff during core working hours (Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 4.30pm). Limited visitor parking is available but must be pre-booked through the person you are visiting, as parking enforcement measures are in operation at all sites. Free car parking is available on all sites for blue badge holders and there are docking bays for electric cars.

Members of the public can pay to use the onsite parking outside of core working hours on a first come first served basis. Physical pay to park facilities are installed at Penrhyn Road together with a pay-by-phone system known as 'Parkonomy'. Alternative parking in Kingston Town Centre can also be found on the Parkopedia website which shows current availability and costs.

All car park users agree to the University car parking terms and conditions.

Visitor parking during undergraduate Open Days

Please visit the undergraduate Open Days page for further information.


Heathrow and Gatwick airports international airports are the closest to Kingston, with coaches, buses and trains linking the airports with the town.

Accessibility information

Kingston University provides a supportive, accessible and empowering environment for all students, staff and visitors. This campus has level access from Penryhn Road and lift access to the Learning Resource Centre and teaching areas. There are accessible parking spaces for Blue Badge holders near to the main building.

You can see detailed accessibility guides for all our sites on the AccessAble website (external link).

Town House building, opening early 2020

Kingston University's new landmark building on Penrhyn Road campus is all about transforming the learning experience for our students.

Designed by RIBA award-winning and Stirling Prize nominated Grafton Architects, Town House will provide new study facilities including a library with more than 1,000 study spaces, flexible learning spaces, a covered courtyard, cafes, dance studios, roof-top gardens and attractive landscaping along the front of the campus.

Watch our fly-through film to get a taste of what's to come at Penryhn Road.



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