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Kingston University Summer Accommodation

Kingston University was originally founded in 1899, and became a university in 1992. It is situated in Kingston upon Thames and the student residences are available to be booked for visitor accommodation during the vacations – an ideal alternative to cheap London hostels or hotels!

Kingston upon Thames

Located in south-west London, Kingston was the ancient market town where Saxon kings were crowned – it became part of Greater London in 1965. One of the more unusual sights in Kingston is several disused red telephone boxes that have been tipped up to lean against one another in an arrangement resembling dominoes. The sculpture by David Mach was commissioned in 1988.

Greater London Visitor information

An introduction to Greater London

London is the capital of the United Kingdom and the largest city in the European Union. It is one of the foremost financial and cultural centres in the world. London's influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion and the arts contributes to its preeminent position. The city hosted the 2012 Olympic Games.

Venturing outside the Central London area, visitors can find a wealth of visitor attractions away from the densely populated inner city. Head to the South West to Morden Hall for 18th-century watermills, parkland and waterways on an historic estate. Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens offer spectacle on a grand scale. Richmond has historic houses, theatres, museums and galleries, as well as a town centre filled with shops and restaurants. For a peaceful afternoon, take a walk among the deer in Richmond Park.

Nearby Twickenham, the internationally recognised home of English rugby, offers stadium tours which allow you to visit the ground on days when matches are not taking place.

To the North West of London lies Bletchley Park where the 'Enigma' machine codes were cracked during WWII. There are many different activities and exhibitions to occupy most families for a whole day, from wartime toys to working computers.

Greater London University accommodation

Greater London is home to several universities, many of which we hope to be working with shortly. We currently offer Bed & Breakfast accommodation at Kingston University and Brunel University. It should be understood that the university halls are designed primarily for students: not children or for adults expecting a high level of luxury. However, with this in mind, the halls do meet level of comfort that we expect most visitors to be happy with, and we will welcome any feedback where this is not the case.

Getting around London

If you are spending more than a couple of days in the city, we would recommend purchasing an Oyster card which gives you access to all underground trains and buses. See http://www.tfl.gov.uk for more information.

History of Greater London

A short history of London

The first major settlement was founded by the Romans in 43 AD as Londinium, following the Roman conquest of Britain. Following a storming by the Iceni tribe led by Queen Boudica in 61AD, the city was rebuilt and prospered, superceding Colchester as the capital of the Roman province of Britannia in 100 AD. At its height in the 2nd century, Roman London had a population of around 60,000.

By the 600s, the Anglo-Saxons had created a new settlement called Lundenwic, approximately 900 metres upstream from the old Roman city, around what is now Covent Garden. It is likely that there was a harbour at the mouth of the River Fleet for fishing and trading, and this trading grew until the city was overcome by the Vikings and forced to relocate back to the location of the Roman Londinium to use its walls for protection. The original Saxon city of Lundenwic became Ealdwic ("old city"), a name surviving to the present day as Aldwych, which is in the modern City of Westminster.

Plague caused extensive problems for London in the early 17th century, culminating in the Great Plague in 1665–1666 that killed around 100,000 people, up to a fifth of London's population. This was the last major outbreak in England, possibly thanks to the disastrous fire of 1666. The Great Fire of London broke out in the original City and quickly swept through London's wooden buildings, destroying large swathes of the city. Rebuilding took over ten years, largely under the direction of a Commission appointed by King Charles II, chaired by Sir Christopher Wren.

Much of London was then destroyed during the bombing campaign of World War II, which saw 30,000 people lose their lives. Despite causing a great deal of damage, the city was generally well patched up and much of the worst of 1940s and 1950s architecture has been replaced by more modern and tasteful buildings.

In the 18th century, Samuel Johnson, author of A Dictionary of the English Language, famously wrote about the city: “You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."

History of Greater London's Universities

Kingston University

Kingston University's origins can be traced back to 1839 when four residents established a Kingston Literacy and Scientific Institute to provide young men with evening classes. Later, a well-to-do surgeon called George Taylor set up an Institute at the corner of Thames and Clarence streets, in a fine neo-classical building, which housed a library, laboratory and lecture hall.

Brunel University

When Brunel University was founded in 1928, its original purpose was to provide recruits for local industry and early statistics collected by HM Inspectors show that between 1929 and 1933, 90 per cent of boys leaving the school found employment in the engineering and building trades. This was to be a well-founded precedent to the unparalleled graduate employment record Brunel enjoys today.

Reviews for Kingston University

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Very warm reception. I arrived from abroad, earlier than check in time but they easily accommodated me. They need to work on WiFi though.....it doesn't work once you get in the apartment / room area. Outside the Middle Mill building is fine but once inside, no WiFi. Great place to stay otherwise. I'll use them again.

(Review Of Middle Mill Hall, Kingston, London) Middle Mill Hall, Kingston, London

The only problem we had was with us needing varying amount of rooms for different nights we had to make four separate bookings for the week which was a little confusing however it all worked ok in the end.

(Review Of Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London) Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London

As a former student resident at Seething Wells during the 2014-2015 academic year; it felt great to be back home. It felt like I never left. It was also nice to visit with the locals of Surbiton!

(Review Of Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London) Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London

The one comment I have is to update the directions via bus. The ones that were provided with my reservation had you get off at Kingston Station and walk to the university from there. Surbition Station is much closer to you and when guests are carrying baggage the walk from Kingston is hard.

(Review Of Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London) Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London

Seething Wells is well provided . One thing that needs to be attended to is the Water. It leaves a residue when I have boiled it. The Kitchen cabinets need to be changed as the wood is worn out and the hinges cant hold them well.

(Review Of Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London) Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London

Very good as always, a bit noisy in the early hours but the only thing not yo like are the towels, like trying to dry yourself with a sheet. Staff great

(Review Of Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London) Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London

The porters were extremely friendly and helpful. The shower was cold my first day, and the pillow and comforter were not very comfortable, but otherwise, I was satisfied with the room.

(Review Of Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London) Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London

Wish I could move in sooner and stay a bit longer, as I work at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show from 17/06 to 18/07. Could this be arranged at all or not or who would I need to speak to? Thank You

(Review Of Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London) Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London

A sincerely wretched, institutional cot with a mattress that did more harm than good. Otherwise, a perfectly reasonable and clean room with all that was needed. Very affordable. Staff was helpful and friendly, well beyond the minimum.

(Review Of Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London) Seething Wells Hall, Kingston, London

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