With almost 40 sports clubs as part of the university’s student union, staying active during your studies is easy. Whether you’re looking to meet your new best mate or just get active, you’ll find everything from football and rugby to trampolining and taekwondo.
The Rotunda is a great go-to for new students. Complete with all sorts of entertainment options, you’ll find an Odeon cinema, bowling alley, and plenty of restaurants and bars. Lively festivals pop up throughout the calendar, including the Kingston River Festival and Youth Arts Festival in the summer. These are followed by September’s Food Festival, where budding foodies can treat their taste buds.
Blessed with lush greenery, Richmond Park and Bushy Park are top spots for relaxing in the sun after your lectures are over. And there is plenty of nearby wildlife to keep you and your friends company.
A bite to eat looking out across the Thames’ riverbank. A stroll around its quaint little markets. A photo by David Mach’s toppled-over telephone booths. In Kingston, the landmarks may be simple, but they’re central to the way of the life here. With great pubs and cafés to enjoy and London only a short journey away, Kingston offers up plenty of treats.
Looking to enrich your studies with a spot of art and culture? Kingston’s vibrant art scene dots the calendar with all sorts of festivals, performances and exhibitions. Head to Kingston Museum and learn about the borough through the ages including the Palaeolithic and the Anglo-Saxon periods. Catch a contemporary show at the Rose Theatre. Or take in the charming piers and boardwalks on a tranquil stroll along the Thames.
Whatever your preferred mode of transport, getting around Kingston is easy. Dedicated cycle paths make hopping on your bike the cheapest, greenest option. Additionally, aparto’s exclusive Kingston University shuttle bus takes you directly to campus.
Looking to travel further afield? Nearby New Malden train station makes it easier to head into the city, or out into the countryside. You can find journey info and timetables for this station on the National Rail website.