Best of both worlds: a London university with a community atmosphere
St Mary's is located on a leafy campus in South West London, in the grounds of the original Strawberry Hill House, a world famous example of the 19th century Gothic Revival style.
Alongside the historic buildings you'll find modern, state-of-the art facilities including a new library, TV production suite and extensive sports facilities and laboratories. Quality on-campus accommodation is available and the Accommodation Team can also help you find local, student-friendly housing in the local area.
At St Mary's we offer you the best of both worlds: Our campus is in the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames - a safe and green area of the Capital - but travelling into Central London only takes half an hour!
Within walking distance are the towns of Teddington and Twickenham, where you can find a good range of shops, restaurants and pubs.
A short bus ride will take you to Richmond and Kingston with an excellent range of cinemas, theatres, clubs and high-street shops.
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We ranked 1st in London for both course satisfaction and teaching satisfaction in the Guardian University League Tables 2020.
These results back-up the findings from the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 which said: “St Mary's progress is largely thanks to its impressive student satisfaction rating – the best in London by a distance.”
Founded in 1850, St Mary's has a long and distinguished history in higher education. A good staff to student ratio and student-focused teaching contributes to 75% of our outgoing undergraduates in 2017/18 achieving a 2:1 or First Class Honours degree.Our teacher training programmes have been rated as 'Outstanding' by the UK government's education inspector, Ofsted.
St Mary's performed strongly in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) - a system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. We welcome visiting scholars from around the world as part of our research community and the University has published a set of Guidelines for Visiting Academic Scholars.
With a wide range of undergraduate degree programmes, St Mary's offers almost 150 undergraduate degrees in six broad subject areas:
Courses have an emphasis on academic and professional personal development, practical exposure to the modern workplace and career progression.
93% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of completing their studies (HESA, 2018).
Our Centre for Workplace Learning (CWL) offers you the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree programme and our Careers Service is part of the University of London's Careers Group, the largest and most successful careers service in the UK.
St Mary's is an inclusive institution with a mission to provide students from all backgrounds and faiths with an excellent education.
We have a welcoming community where almost 10% of students are international, with over 90 nationalities represented on campus, and a high level of support from our staff and student services, helping you to quickly feel at home.
St Mary's is one of London's top-performing sports institutions and provides students with state-of-the-art sports facilities equipped to world-class standards, as well as funding opportunities for high performance athletes.
Sports participation at all levels is regarded as an important element of university life and a wide range of clubs and activities are available to every student.
In addition to the sports clubs and facilities, Students' Union societies ranging from drama to debating and psychology to gaming, ensure that just about all interests are catered for.
Nightlife can be found right on campus at weekly Students' Union events and within walking distance at local restaurants and bars.
With the local towns of Kingston and Richmond just a short bus-ride away and Central London only 30 minutes by train, a whole array of cinemas, theatres and cultural events are within easy reach of all our students.
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