Exterior of Town House from a distance, taken by drone. Town House, Kingston University, Kingston Upon Thames, United Kingdom. Architect: Grafton Architects, 2019.
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Is Kingston University Good?

Vincent Ralph August 4, 2022

Everyone’s university experience is unique to them. As a result, it will always be subjective when considering if a specific institution is ‘good’, ‘bad’ or somewhere in the middle. But there are a few ways to ensure prospective applicants can make an informed decision.

The first of these is quite simple: the opinions of other students. Based on Student Crowd, Kingston University ranks 114 out of 140 UK universities when it comes to student satisfaction. This is where people can give an honest opinion of their time in Higher Education – both academically and socially.

With a 3.22 rating out of 5, it is clear that Kingston University is well down this particular list. However, that doesn’t tell the whole story. There are plenty of glowing reviews, including one that says: ‘The facilities are amazing with a five-story library! I’m studying fine art and art history. We have our own studios to paint in along the riverside, which is gorgeous.’

The library gets plenty of shout-outs among reviewers and that is well worth noting when you consider how long many students spend there. It is also interesting that this reviewer studied art – a subject in which Kington is known to excel.

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The Guardian University Guide league tables placed Kingston second in London for design and crafts last time out, with a new table due in mid-September 2022.

Last time out, Kingston University was ranked 45 in the UK, and it placed in the top 10 nationally for the following five subjects: Education, Fashion and Textiles, Nursing and Midwifery, Design and Crafts, and Film Production and Photography.

It is also one of only eight London-based universities in the top 50 so there is plenty to celebrate about the place.

Where Is Kingston University?

Kingston University is located in the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames, which is in South West London. While it was founded in 1899 – under the guise of Kingston Technical Institute – it didn’t gain university status until 1999. Before then, it had been known as Kingston Polytechnic.

Kingston has four campuses and you can find location details below and all the additional information you need here.

Penryhn Road: Penrhyn Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT12EE

This is where you can find that famous library. It is also provides performance, learning and exhibition spaces.

Kingston Hill: Kingston Hill, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB

This campus has halls of residence, a cafe, restaurant and bar. It is also the home of Kingston Business School.

Kingston School of Art, Knights Park: Grange Road, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2QJ

Art, design and architecture students all study here, in workshops and studios decked out with current software programmes.

Roehampton Vale: Friars Avenue, London SW15 3DW

This campus is a short bus ride from the town centre and is the home of Kingston’s engineering students.

Kingston School of Art, River House: 53-57 High Street, Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey KT1 1LQ

As the earlier reviewer said, this campus is located in a beautiful riverside location. Ideal if you are looking for some tranquility or inspiration.

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How Far Is Kingston University From London?

Kingston University is just 10 miles from the centre of London. With that in mind, it is no surprise that Kingston is a popular choice for those who want to be close to the capital while stepping slightly back from the hustle and bustle of city life.

It is in London Travelcard Zone 6, so there are plenty of options if you want to commute or if you want to live on campus and travel into the city centre for social events or just to unwind.

Being close to London can be appealing to many. Kingston also offers a fine choice to students who currently live in the capital and want to stay close to home.

So there you have it: There is no hard and fast rule as to whether a university is good or bad. When it comes to Kingston, there are plenty of things to consider, not least its impressive work spaces and how it excels in some key subjects.

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Vincent is the Senior Managing Editor of Freshered. He was previously Head of Sixth Form at a secondary school in Kent, where he worked with hundreds of 16 to 19-year-olds over eight years.