Kingston University

Kingston University

Kingston University is a public research university located in Kingston upon Thames, southwest London, United Kingdom. It was originally founded in 1899, and became a university in 1992 after being Kingston Polytechnic.


Kingston University is based in Kingston upon Thames, a busy riverside town on the borders of London and Surrey.

University Terms

The University’s standard academic year runs from September to June, divided into three terms.

Autumn term
Monday 28 September – Friday 18 December 2015 (new students from Monday 21 September 2015)

Spring term
Monday 11 January – Friday 18 March 2016

Summer term
Monday 4 April – Friday 24 June 2016

About Kingston upon Thames

Kingston upon Thames has something for everyone, including:

  • a wide selection of shops, bars, restaurants and pubs;
  • easy access to beautiful countryside, Richmond Park and Hampton Court; and
  • a rich history dating back to Anglo-Saxon times.


Kingston University came 104th out of 126 UK universities in the Complete University Guide (2016). The Times / The Sunday Times Guide placed it at no. 117 (Good University Guide, 2016). The Guardian places Kingston at 88th of 119 surveyed universities in 2017.

Subjects ranked in the top 10 include Fashion & Textiles, Design & Crafts and Nursing.

Student union

Union of Kingston Students (KUSU). (Previously Kingston University Students’ Union (KUSU)) is a charitable organisation in place primarily to represent the student body and provide services and activities beneficial to that body. They are a student union in the mearning of the term given in the Education Act 1994 and whilst independent of the university are funded by a compulsory block grant from them.

We believe that diversity brings only benefits for our students, our people and our work. The greater number of different perspectives we have, the better equipped we’ll be to come up with the most innovative ways of teaching and learning, research, ideas and solutions.


Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Faculty of Arts and social Sciences

Faculty of Business and Law

Faculty of Health and Social Care and Education

Faculty of Science, Engineering and computing