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Ten reasons you should come and study at St Mary's

1. Beautiful campus with modern facilities

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 buildings steeped in history, students can find modern, state-of-the art facilities, and the university's recent development projects including a new library, media arts suite and extensive sports facilities. 

Quality accommodation is available in on-campus halls of residence or the accommodation office can help you find local, student-friendly accommodation within easy reach. 

Take a look around our campus by using our  virtual tour.

2. Great location in London

Situated in the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, a safe, green suburb near the river, the campus is only half an hour from Central London, offering students the best of both worlds.

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.

If you want to take advantage of the world-famous  attractions of the capital, frequent trains running from early in the morning to late at night take just 30 minutes to London Waterloo.

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3. High student satisfaction

Number One University in London for Student Satisfaction: St Mary’s University was recently ranked as the top University in London for Student Satisfaction according to the Times Good University Guide 2019

4. Long history of excellence in teaching

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 85% of our graduates achieving a final grade of 2:1 or above. 

Our primary and secondary teaching programmes have been rated as 'Outstanding' by  Ofsted.

5. World-leading research

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. The University has published a set of Guidelines for Visiting Academic Scholars.

6. Choice and flexibility of programmes

With a wide range of undergraduate degree programmes, St Mary's offers almost 150 undergraduate degrees in four broad subject areas: Arts and Humanities; Education, Theology and Leadership; Management and Social Sciences; Sport, Health and Applied Science. 

Courses have an emphasis on academic and professional personal development, practical exposure to the modern workplace and career progression.

We also offer eight foundation degree programmes, a range of  primary and secondary PGCE teaching courses as well as many postgraduate degree programmes.

7. Excellent employment figures

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 students the opportunity to undertake a work placement while they are studying with us, and our  Careers Service is part of the University of London's Careers Group, the largest and most successful careers service in the UK.

8. Welcoming and supportive community

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.

9. Fantastic sports opportunities

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.

10. Active social life

In addition to the sports clubs and facilities,  Students' Union societies ranging from drama to debating, psychology to gaming, ensure that just about all interests are catered for. Nightlife can be found right on campus, at the 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.