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Airport pick-up service

Student ambassadors greeting Kingston University international studentsWe understand that arriving in a new country can be exciting, but also a bit overwhelming! That's why we offer an airport pick-up service for new international students living in the local area. We offer two airport pick-up services to choose from: 

Option A: Free airport pickup service (3 January)

Option B: Discounted taxi service (2-15 January)

Free airport pick-up service

  • When: Friday 3 January 2020
  • Time: 7.00am - 4.00pm
  • Where: Heathrow Airport only
  • Deadline: Book online by Thursday 19 December 2019 

If you arrive on the day and have not pre-booked the airport pick-up service, we will try to fit you in one of the coaches, but (a) this is not guaranteed, and (b) may involve a long wait time (until an empty coach seat becomes available).

How long will it take?

  • Clearing immigration and collecting luggage: 30 minutes up to 3 hours (very hard to predict)
  • Waiting with other students for next available taxi/coach: 30-90 minutes 
  • Travel time to Kingston: 30-45 minutes 
  • Total time: 3-5 hours 

Remember, this is a free service, but not necessarily an 'express' service. If you prefer a faster airport transfer, you can book a taxi at a discounted rate (details below).


  • Maximum two pieces (if you have more bags, you may have to wait for next coach with more space)
  • You'll need to be able to carry your own luggage 

Discounted taxi service

Pay £20 and we will subsidise the rest.

  • When: 2 - 15 January 2020
  • Where: Heathrow Airport
  • Booking deadline: 2-3 days before your arrival
  • How to book a discounted taxi:
    • Email and tell them your name, arrival date, flight details and drop-off address.
    • Quote 'KingstonUni' to receive a rate of £20 from Heathrow Airport to anywhere in the Kingston local area.

Contact us

International enquiries
Tel: +44(0)20 8417 3411

International students
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