Kingston University is a public research university located in Kingston upon Thames, South West London.
The university first opened as Kingston Technical Institute in 1899, offering a wide range of courses for its students such as dressmaking, clay modeling, and electric wiring. By 1970 the institute had become Kingston Polytechnic and was home to 34 leading courses. It wasn’t until 1992, almost 100 years after it was first established, that Kingston Polytechnic turned into the Kingston University it is today. Located in a historic riverside town between the borders of London and Surrey, the university is surrounded by shops, bars, pubs, and restaurants. Kingston upon Thames also has easy access to the countryside and city: it is close to both Richmond Park and Hampton Court Palace and Central London is just a 25-minute train journey away.
- Established: 1992
- Students: 14,285 (2021)
- Intl. Student Ratio: 37%
- Location: Kingston upon Thames, London
- Campus: Five ( Penrhyn Road campus, Kingston Hill campus, Knights Park campus, Roehampton Vale campus )
- TEF Ranking: Bronze
- THE Ranking: 81st in the UK (801 – 1000 in the World)