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Study resources

Find out more about the study resources available across the University:

  • How many libraries are there at Kingston?
    There are four libraries, known as learning resources centres (LRCs), at Kingston University. They offer much more than academic text loans – printed/electronic journals, a newspaper archive, CD-ROMs, DVDs and videos are all available.
    When you enrol at the University, you automatically become a member of the library. Your Kingston University ID card is your library card and lets you access and borrow from any of the four sites. Read more.
  • What about IT resources?
    At Kingston University, you'll have access to around 3,000 networked computers, plus specialist software for your own subject area and central support from our technical team. Read more.
  • What are the Academic Success Centres?
    Each Faculty within the university has their own Academic Success Centre which provides confidential advice on academic writing and study strategies. All students, from all years and all levels are welcome, regardless of grades you receive.
  • I've heard about Canvas and My Kingston. What are these?
  • Canvas is Kingston University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which is used by staff, student and UK and overseas partners to support curricular (modules and courses) and co-curricular learning activities. Learning activities may include discussion boards, web-conferences, quizzes, assignments or a variety of other tools. Resources in Canvas may include module guides, lecture notes, presentations and even sound and video clips, though the exact makeup of content is determined by the module leader. Canvas also provides the primary route for the online submission of coursework. My Kingston is our student intranet, which provides everything you need to know about student life at Kingston. It can help you get your bearings in your first few weeks here and keep you plugged into the university community afterwards. You can also buy, sell or swap second-hand textbooks using the BookSmart link on the My Kingston site.
  • Will I have a Kingston University email account?
    Yes – all students will have a free Kingston University email address. This is a useful way for your tutors and the library service to keep in touch with you, as well as friends of course!
  • Is there any pre-course extra English language support?
    You can take one of our pre-sessional language courses, which are specifically designed to prepare you for study at University.
    The courses will not only develop your English language skills, but also give you experience of the methods and study skills used at a British university. The course you join will depend on your English language level and the academic programme you will be studying at Kingston.
    Your offer letter should tell you which pre-sessional course to apply for; if not, we recommend that you check with the admissions tutor or course director before applying. We advise allowing as much time as you can to prepare for your course. Read more.
  • Is there any English language help available for international students?
    Our English language development programme offers free English language courses throughout the academic year. These focus on academic writing, communication and seminar skills, study skills and project work, and revision and exam techniques.
  • Can you study a foreign language as part of your course?
    All students have the opportunity to study a foreign language through the Kingston Language Scheme (KLS).
    Depending on the course you are studying, this can be either as an optional module integrated into your degree, or as an additional course. Languages on offer currently include Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin (Chinese) and Spanish. Courses are available at a range of levels to suit your current ability. As a first year student, you must apply within your induction week. Read more.
    You might even want to consider spending some time working or studying abroad as part of your degree.
  • Is there any maths support?
    We have a resource called MathsAid for students on courses with a mathematical or statistical component. It will help you develop your skills though personal one-to-one tutor contact via drop-in clinics, peer-assisted learning and virtual learning. You can access MathsAid through Canvas once you have enrolled at the University.
  • What disability support is available?
    There is a range of disability support arrangements at Kingston University.
  • What is the policy on the audio recording of lectures?
    All students are allowed to audio record teaching and learning sessions under the circumstances outlined in the enhanced audio recording of lectures by students (PDF) document. If you have any queries or feedback about the policy please email

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