Penrhyn Road

The University's landmark Town House opened in early 2020 and won the prestigious 2021 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling prize. It provides performance, learning, exhibition and community spaces. It also houses the library which is open 24 hours a day during term time.

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 Penrhyn 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 or debit 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.


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. Parking is provided 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 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 Penrhyn Road and lift access to the library 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

Kingston University's new landmark building at Penrhyn Road campus opened in 2020 and won the prestigious RIBA Stirling prize in 2021 with a design that is all about transforming the learning experience for our students.

Designed by RIBA Gold Medal-winning Grafton Architects, Town House provides modern 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.

Watch our fly-through film to get a taste of the new building at Penrhyn Road.

Transforming Penrhyn Road campus

Transforming Penrhyn Road campus

A project is underway to transform the main building of Kingston University's Penrhyn Road campus for students, staff and the wider community.

Approximately 4,000 square metres of the University's main campus is being refurbished to create new social, learning and collaboration spaces.

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