About the Area

If you're looking for the bustle of city life without the hustle, beautiful Kingston upon Thames is the place for you. On the doorstep of the capital, Kingston is one of London's safest boroughs and offers all the highlights of city living in a leafy, riverside location.

The University's four campuses can be found in and around the town centre, with a free intersite bus connecting them. It's a lively, student-friendly location on the Thames, neighbouring historic Hampton Court Palace and two royal parks. Better still, the heart of the capital is just 30 minutes away by train.

As well as being a fantastic place to make your home, Kingston's excellent transport links make commuting simple from further afield too. With two mainline train stations, a network of bus routes, and major motorways close by, there are many ways to reach Kingston from London and the rest of the country. And if you're travelling by air, both Gatwick and Heathrow international airports are easily accessible from Kingston by both road and public transport.

Riverside living

Based on the River Thames, Kingston's riverside is home to many annual events and activities, including the Dragon Boat Festival and the Regatta. The river offers picturesque walks, a great selection of restaurants and bars and boat trips in the summer.

History and Heritage 

Dating back to the 800s, Kingston upon Thames is full of history and heritage with royal connections. King Henry VIII's royal palace is nearby and it is rumoured that seven Saxon kings were crowned in Kingston. The town is also home to an ancient market that still runs today.


With more than 500 shops, Kingston is a shopper's paradise, from the famous Bentalls store and a variety of major retail brands , to fresh fruit and vegetables from the outdoor market and independent antiques and boutique stores.

Parks and Outdoors

Outdoor space is in abundance. Kingston is home to two of London's eight royal parks, including the largest, Richmond Park, where deer roam freely. It is also close to other outdoor attractions such as Kew Gardens.


With its own acclaimed theatre, a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, live comedy venues and a host of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, Kingston upon Thames has something to suit everyone's tastes.

Sport and Leisure

Kingston caters for all sport and leisure needs with two beautiful royal parks, the River Thames for water sports, more than five gyms and leisure centres to choose from, a stadium, tennis courts and much more.

London Life

With central London only 30 minutes away by train, you'll have the chance to enjoy everything the city has to offer, from West End theatres to historic sites, museums, galleries and exhibitions.

Transport Links

Kingston has fantastic transports links, including easy access to central London, Gatwick and Heathrow airports and surrounding areas.

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