Kingston University

United Kingdom

Kingston University London (KUL) is a public research university situated in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, South West London. It was granted college status in 1992, before that it was known as Kingston Polytechnic. Its origins, however, go back to the Kingston Technical Institute, which was established in 1899. 

Located on the edges of one of the most bustling and exciting cities in the world, it is ranked among the top-ten universities in London in 2019's Guardian League Table. It also has a strong reputation in the fields of design, fashion, journalism, pharmacy and sports science.

What is the Kingston University acceptance rate for International Students?

The Kingston University acceptance rate is 20-30%.

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Modern Facilities

The university has invested £123 million across its campuses to offer an excellent learning environment complemented by all the latest equipment and facilities. It also has close links with external bodies to ensure easy access to subject-specific resources.

Free language lessons

Students at Kingston University have free access to its Kingston Language scheme. This means you can improve your language skills with a choice of European and international languages including: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese and Arabic.


Kingston University has four modern campuses within the beautiful area of Kingston-upon-Thames. It’s home to two royal parks, the historic Hampton Court Palace and is just 30 minutes away from the centre of London by train. It’s also well-connected to public transport, motorways and airports to take you wherever you need to get to easily. Kingston is also regularly voted one of the safest and happiest places to live in London.



All Kingston students - and graduates for up to two years - can access the following careers and employability support: The Handshake platform for jobs, internships and placements, workshops and webinars, and connections with employers. The Career Zone for career possibilities, searching for jobs, preparing for interviews and optimising your CV. Employer events such as Careers Festival for learning about different career options and meeting employers that want to hire Kingston graduates. LinkedIn Learning for two years after graduation.


The Kingston University employability rate is 95.1%.

The Kingston University is ranked 40th in the The Guardian University Guide, 801-1000th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 601-650th in the QS World University Rankings in 2023.


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