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Student Accommodation in Kingston Upon Thames

Written by Sam | March 17, 2021

In Kingston, there is one university and that is Kingston University. The Kingston University has around 14,000 students which is quite a good size for a smaller university like Kingston.

It is nestled south west London and has good access in and out of London as it is on the train line. Located in a historic riverside town between the borders of London and Surrey, the university is surrounded by shops, bars, pubs and restaurants.

It is close to both Richmond Park and Hampton Court Palace and Central London is just a 25-minute train journey away. Many students choose Kingston for this reason, you can live a London life but not have to pay the London price for many things!

Kingston is home to five faculties and four campuses: Penrhyn Road (the centre of student activity), Kingston Hill, Knights Park and Roehampton Vale. All of these campuses are connected by the university’s free inter-site bus service.

If you want to read more about what life is like in Kingston as a student then this page will help: Kingston as a student

If you would like to read more about what the university is like, some of its good and bad points and its key statistics, then this page will help you: Kingston University

Private Student Accommodation in Kingston

In this section I like to look at student accommodation is in the area that isn’t owned or managed by the university.

This type of accommodation is often called Purpose Built Student Accommodation, it is where the building is designed and made for students.

There are a lot of benefits to this type of student accommodation and some of them are:

  • Accommodation manager
  • CCTV
  • On-site maintenance
  • Free breakfast
  • Free bikes to use
  • En-suites in flats
  • Gym, cinema, study and games room
  • Bills included
  • City centre location

However, the downsides of this are that all this can cost a lot. Not all student accommodations will offer all of this, it usually varies on the space they have.

Map of student accommodation in Kingston Upon Thames
Map of student accommodation in Kingston Upon Thames

All the student accommodation is based around the town centre, they are close to train stations and bus stations, making it easy to get around and into London.

A lot of students who are looking or searching for student accommodation tend to start looking in and around the January before they start university in September. This means that they have a lot of choice on the room types and location.

The priority goes to those in the building first if they want to re-book.

Some of the good student accommodation providers in Kingston are:

There are more student accommodation providers in Kingston, however, these are just some that I like. You may know their names or you may not!

If you are searching for student accommodation in Kingston and want to make sure that you find a good place to stay then here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the room
  • Check the quality of the bed, desk and bathroom
  • See how much storage it has
  • View the communal areas – Make sure they are big enough for multiple people
  • Read the tenancy agreement and cancellation policy
  • Look at the social calendar
  • Make sure the room and building is well maintained

If you want more detail and tips on how to find your next student accommodation then this article will help you: How To Find Your Next Student Accommodation

Student Housing in Kingston

With there being quite a lot of students in the Kingston area, there is going to be a fair amount of student housing.

These are houses that have individual rooms for students and you can book them as a group or individually if allowed.

The average rent for a student in Kingston is around £130-£160. If you are living in student accommodation as described above it will be a little more expensive. It also depends where you live.

The best areas to live as a student in Kingston are:

  • Town centre
  • Norbiton
  • Surbiton
  • Oakhill

These areas are are mainly to the south of the university and close to the university. If you with you can live close to some of the parks like Raynes and Worcester and these will be cheaper than living next to the university, however, it’s a good walk or bike to Kingston University from these places.

The areas such as Surbiton, Oakhill and Norbiton has good access to train stations and bus routes.

Here are some options for you to look at when searching student housing:

I’ll be honest, the standard of student housing in Kingston is very basic, when compare it to other cities, there are houses that have good design, well though designs and there just isn’t that in Kingston – which I can find.

The options I have put above are some that offer student housing, however, please make sure to take your research further.

As a first year student that is looking to move in to student housing in their second years, most students start searching for housing in late November and early December.

Many if they find a good quality house like to book it there and then and this leads to a rush. Please make sure that you do the research before booking, it is better to be with a good landlord than live a year in regret for a quick decision!

If you are searching for student housing and want to make sure that you find a good quality house to live in then , here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the property
  • View more than one property and more than one agent
  • Check the quality of the bedrooms and view all bedrooms
  • Check the quality of the kitchen and bathrooms
  • Make sure there is space for everyone in the communal areas
  • Look at the amount of storage you have
  • Check the tenancy agreement

If you want more detail on how to find a good quality student house or accommodation then this article will help you: How To Find Your Next Student Accommodation.

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