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Commuting from home

Many of our students choose to commute to Kingston University and with excellent transport links and a free Kingston University bus that goes to all four campuses, it's a great option for many.

There are a number of advantages of commuting to campus, including saving money, remaining close to friends and family, and being able to fulfil other commitments such as helping care for a relative. Whatever your reason for choosing not to live in student accommodation (such as halls of residences or privately renting), you're as much a part of the Kingston community as students who live on or near campus.

We support our students who commute into campus by:

  • A free bus service. You can get direct to your lectures from Surbiton and Kingston train stations via our free shuttle bus. There's live updates available on the KU mobile app so you don't have to worry about missing one. Plus, there's free Wi-Fi on all the buses so you check your emails, do some uni work or keep in touch with friends on social media.
  • Free laptop loans. You can avoid carrying a heavy bag with your laptop in by borrowing one from one of our LRCs you just need to bring your Kingston ID card.
  • Microwaves on all campuses. If you prefer to bring your lunch from home, that's no problem as you can heat it up in a microwave and sit back and relax in one of the common spaces.
  • Free fast Wi-Fi access across the whole University. It's a necessity, right?
  • Access your uni desktop wherever you are. When you're not on campus our ‘My Desktop Anywhere' service gives virtual access to your uni desktop and campus software wherever, whenever. As a student you'll also get an Office 365 email account with 50GB mailbox storage and free downloads of the latest Microsoft Office suite on up to five devices (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and OneNote). Plus, you'll have access to our Box storage service (think Google Drive) so it's easy to collaborate and share work with your peers and lecturers.
  • Access to the KU mobile app. This offers a range of useful services and key information to keep you up-to-date with everything university-related such as your teaching timetables, library account, email, Canvas (our virtual learning environment), live KU bus updates, campus maps, and much more.
  • Tons of online support. This includes services such as MyKingston - your one-stop shop for all things student news, OSIS (your online information system where you can manage your information such as checking your results and carrying out essential admin like requesting extensions if you need them) and Canvas. All these services can be accessed anytime from anywhere.
  • Service desk IT support. Sometimes you just need to speak to someone in person. You can do just that via phone or chat support with one of our friendly and helpful IT team. Phone and chat support is available Monday Friday from 8.00am until 6.30pm. If needed IT can remote into your computer whilst you're on the phone or on web chat at home to resolve any problems you might experience. Support tickets can be raised 24/7 via the web.
  • Flexi-stay accommodation. We offer some rooms in Halls of Residence as flexible accommodation. The flexi-stay plan was introduced to allow commuting students to book rooms on a casual basis if they wish to stay near the University when completing a piece of coursework, if they are worried about getting to an exam on time, or if they are struggling to get in for a 9.00am lecture. You can find out more information or contact our team on +44 (0)20 8417 7311
  • What do current students think about commuting from home?
    Watch a video of current students' experiences or read more below about what our students say:

If you're thinking of commuting from your current home:

  • Can I get a discount on travel?
    Yes, if you are a full-time student, and live in a London borough, you can apply for an 18+ Oyster card that enables you to get discounted travel on the Transport for London network (some part-time students may also be eligible). Once you have enrolled, you'll be able to apply via My Kingston, our student intranet (remember you can't apply for the discount until after you have enrolled). For those of you studying full-time and travelling from outside of London, you can get a 16-25 railcard that offers one third off rail travel.
  • How do I find my way around?
    If you're not sure about the best way to reach Kingston from your home or how long the journey might take you, check our directions pages.
  • Will I miss out on social activities if I commute from home?
    No, don't worry about missing out on anything because lots of our students choose to commute from elsewhere, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and make new friends. Find out what you can get involved in by accessing KU Extra on the KU app.
  • What do current students think about commuting from home?
    Watch a video of current students' experiences or read more below about what our students say:

What do current students think about commuting from home?
Watch a video of current students' experiences or read more below about what our students say:

Contact us

Kingston University
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

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