A great experience. The city has a lot to offer especially historically. You will get to try various cuisines as well. Quiet expensive but worth it.

Student Review: 5 /5

By Farheen On 9th December 19

Study in South West London

The universities that you will find in South West London are Kingston University, St George’s and Roehampton University.

 

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Student Life in South West London

Living in South West London, you can experience the best of London living with leafy green neighbourhoods but just being a short bus or train ride away from bustling Central London.

Cost of Living

London is very expensive but with very good travel.

Student Review: 4 /5

By member1249823 On 9th July 20

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Public Transport

There’s an excellent network of trains and buses to get around South West London. Make sure to get an Oyster card to get 30% off travel costs. Getting to Central London is easy and fast and there is a great train network to the rest of the UK. You might also find getting a bike handy. Just remember to get fully kitted out with a helmet, lights and brightly coloured clothes.

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Shopping

As with the whole of London, you’re never far from a high street with supermarkets and shops. If you are looking for more choice or a bigger shopping day out, Kingston will certainly fit the bill. The Bentall Centre is a large shopping centre which has a large selection of well-known brands. Aside from Bentalls, Kingston has a great high street with even more shops!

Top 10 free things to do in South West London

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You can walk along the whole length of the Thames but that takes 14 days… Rather, head to the south side of the Thames whenever you fancy and follow the path for as long as you want. Run, walk, cycle, rollerblade... whatever floats your boat.

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One of the biggest gems in SW London is also free! It’s the largest of London’s Royal Parks and is famously home to over 600 deer that have been roaming freely since the 17th Century.

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Park Run is a fantastic initiative that takes place all around the country. It’s a free 5 km organised run every Saturday morning, and you can take part in both Clapham and Tooting Commons.

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You wouldn’t typically imagine finding a windmill in the city but head to Brixton and you will see for yourself. Brixton Windmill was built in 1816 and is still a working windmill today. For a brief minute, you might think you have escaped the big smoke.

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Battersea

More on the ‘south’ side of South West London, Battersea has a lot to explore for free. There’s a huge park, with many endless different areas to discover. Across the road is the lovingly-restored iconic Battersea Power Station; make sure to walk around and take in this new thriving community.

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Ever heard of disc golf? Well, you have now! Think of golf and instead of holes there are baskets, instead of balls there are discs and, nope, you don’t need clubs. It’s free to play if you bring your own discs!

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The Boat Race has been taking place between Cambridge University and Oxford University since 1829. The legendary rowing race starts in Putney, so head down there early, grab a spot by the river and watch the two teams battle it out. It’s jolly good fun!

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For the most ‘instagrammable’ field close to London, you’ll need to head just outside of Croydon in the summer months to view the beautiful lavender fields of Mayfield. Just remember to put your phone down and smell the flowers!

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Head down further south into Surrey to get a wild swimming fix! Hop on a train to Guildford and from there you can get to the River Wey, a sandy stretch of river which is slow-moving and shallow; ideal for wild swimming beginners.

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Back in South London, just south of the Thames is Vauxhall City Farm, a free urban farm. We all know being around animals can help with stress, so why not take some time away from the books and mingle with the alpacas, Shetland ponies, rabbits and relax..?

 

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I've been at Ravenscourt for 3 years and the staff and team have been nothing but understanding and caring of all the students who stay there. The loc...

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Anna is the best receptionist and person in the building. She is always very smiley and helpful with any issues. The building has great facilities and...

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It's a great place to live. The location is so comfortable being litreally a minute away from station and bus as well. Other than that the staff is ve...

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Amazing value for money given its in London, only offered to 1st year students though. It’s located in North Acton so quite far away but it’s great fo...

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21st July 2021

London is very expensive,...

London is very expensive, no getting around that. However, it’s generally very social and has great links to anywhere you need to go or anything you need to get. read more

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Very accessible across the city of London. Plenty of buses and trains to get to central. Great that the uni offers a free bus to commuting students from Hammersmith to Barnes read more

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13th May 2021

I live in Kingston town...

I live in Kingston town center and everything one could need is just a short walk away read more

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13th May 2021

The town is amazing with...

The town is amazing with wonderful view. read more

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11th May 2021

A lot of nice restaurants...

A lot of nice restaurants for dining by the water. Supermarkets are accessible everywhere. A nice local mall for shopping. Finding public transportation is very easy. read more

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28th April 2021

Kingston is a pleasant...

Kingston is a pleasant and busy borough. The town has a large shopping centre and multiple food shops and restaurants. read more

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28th April 2021

Kingston is a lovely...

Kingston is a lovely area to love but definitely expensive read more

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28th April 2021

I love living in Kingston!...

I love living in Kingston! Cheap enough to be able to afford other luxuries in life rather than your whole loan being on rent, close enough to London to allow for amazing days out. Beautiful city and riverside read more

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27th April 2021

living here very cheap,...

living here very cheap, and kingston sits close to central london, so good transport read more

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22nd April 2021

Kingston is small enough...

Kingston is small enough and just right for the simple things. The river makes up for it read more

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21st April 2021

I haven't gone out much...

I haven't gone out much in Kingston mainly due to lockdown. There are two clubs but personally I am not a big fan of them. On the other hand there are a few pubs for relaxing night out. There is Bushy park and the walk among the Thames for exercise or piece of mind. You have everything you need in the centre regarding shopping. There is the Kingston train station if you want to go into the heart of London, and several bus stops throughout the town. read more

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21st April 2021

Kingston is very well...

Kingston is very well connected read more

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21st April 2021

fairly expensive, but...

fairly expensive, but that’s just the location. the town is amazing for all sorts of days/nights out, and there’s buses going everywhere read more

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20th April 2021

Perfect place to live...

Perfect place to live even tho it's a little expensive. To be honest I've fallen for Kingston in the last year hahahaha read more

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20th April 2021

Lovely town! Fun and...

Lovely town! Fun and active. Not boring read more

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20th April 2021

It is a peaceful town...

It is a peaceful town and lovely read more

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20th April 2021

Clean and beautiful....

Clean and beautiful. I will stay for long periods if I can. read more

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20th April 2021

Great student life, loads...

Great student life, loads to do, always busy read more

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20th April 2021

Excellent transport network...

Excellent transport network and lots of student friendly shops read more

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19th April 2021

It is Very safe and close...

It is Very safe and close to town I really would recommend read more

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19th April 2021

Nice location, friendly...

Nice location, friendly environment read more

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16th April 2021

Kingston is a really...

Kingston is a really beautiful town. Cost of living are not so high, people in here are kind. And it’s really convenient to go to London city center. read more

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17th November 2020

Good uni experience however...

Good uni experience however limited cause of COVID read more

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11th November 2020

Living in London is always...

Living in London is always going to be expensive. There are various pubs and nightclubs just round the corner and whole streets of shops for various things. Bentalls shopping centre is great too and public transport around London is a breeze read more

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28th May 2020

Nice safe good places...

Nice safe good places to eat shop go out read more

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14th May 2020

It's amazing! You could...

It's amazing! You could find anything you want or need in Kingston. read more

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14th May 2020

The best outside central...

The best outside central London always something to do! read more

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14th May 2020

Kingston town is good...

Kingston town is good for all sorts of things food shopping etc read more

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14th May 2020

Of all the places I've...

Of all the places I've lived in greater London, Kingston is by far the best. Plenty of transportation links to Greater London and other parts of the UK. Lots of shops and a good variety. Especially with having the Bentall Centre. Plenty of pubs, restaurants, cafes, clubs, and parks to hang out with friends or study. The river and nearby Richmond Park provide plenty of space for exercising. Always feel safe no matter what time of day I am out. Easy transportation links to nearby airports, too. read more

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4th March 2020

Vibrant, good fun, lots...

Vibrant, good fun, lots of great shops, bars restaurants and clubs, also a good theatre and close to Bushey park for a great unwind. read more

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9th January 2020

Very expensive but really...

Very expensive but really buzzing read more

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25th December 2019

The best of both worlds....

The best of both worlds. Countryside and Hampton Court one side, central London the other. Safe, clean and fun. read more

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Easy access to London Great...

Easy access to London Great uni Quiet and safe area to live read more

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