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Located right on the River Thames, Kingston Upon Thames gets its name thanks to its location. It is an outer borough of London, just 19km southwest of central London and it hosts various student attractions as well as a variety of student residences to choose from.
The city is a famous student destination, housing three of the most famous universities in London, Kingston University, Kingston College, and Kingston Business School. Kingston University is ranked among the top 500 universities internationally in terms of clinical and health education.
Students in Kingston will find markets, malls, entertainment venues, and parks to explore in the city. Richmond Park and Bushy Park are great for walks and picnics, while The Ancient Market, The Surbiton Farmers' Market, and Bentall Centre are examples of famous Kingston shopping destinations. Richmond Park is a national reserve with stunning natural scenery. It is an inspiration to many artists, and it houses various beautiful architectural buildings, like the White Lodge and Pembroke Lodge. The Ancient Market is an authentic Kingston market, suitable for both sightseeing and shopping at the same time. It hosts cafes, shops with street furniture, old-style stalls, and food stalls.
There are a lot of free student activities in Kingston. Free guided walks and cycling tours by the British cycling group are available around the city all year long. The area next to the river is full of unique activities; riverboats run between Kingston, Hampton Court, and Richmond in the summer. The riverside is full of various restaurants and shops.
Kingston is a place with plenty of transportation links. Kingston station is right in the city centre, just 30 minutes away from Waterloo station. There is an excellent bus network inside Kingston with more than 30 regular lines available daily. There are river buses across the River Thames, which help to avoid traffic jams during peak times inside the city. Kingston started developing more cycling-friendly roads recently to reduce noise pollution and offer a different transportation method. A map of the current cycle routes can be found here.
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