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The Best of Both Worlds
St Mary’s is a modern, friendly university college offering the best of both worlds. With just under 5,000 students, it’s easy to feel at home quickly, but we're big enough to offer you all the challenges and excitement of a full and rewarding student life.
The buildings are steeped in history, being set in the grounds of the original Strawberry Hill House, a world famous example of the Gothic Revival style.
The leafy, self-contained campus also includes modern and well-resourced teaching blocks, accommodation, a Learning Resources Centre and sport facilities. Why not take a virtual tour or come to one of our open events?
We are located in a pleasant part of South West London where a green space is never very far away. At the same time you have all the advantages of the busy towns of Kingston and Richmond close by, and central London is just over 30 minutes away by train.
Established Reputation and History
Established in 1850, we are respected as an established church university college with a reputation for high quality courses. We have a Catholic history but you don’t need to be Catholic to come here - we welcome students of all faiths and none.
Our active Students' Union (SU) and location mean we can offer you an exciting social life both on and off campus. The SU organises all kinds of entertainment, from weekly events through to annual major occasions like Freshers' Week, SIMMStock (above) and our Summer Ball. You can easily travel into London or to towns like Kingston and Richmond for cinema, clubs and theatres.
We are renowned for our caring student-centred approach and the level of support we give to students. Student Services, the Chaplaincy team and the Students' Union work together to provide all the advice you might need, and to help create our community atmosphere.
Sport For All
We have an excellent reputation for sport with numerous successes every year in team and individual events.
Our first-rate facilities make us an excellent choice for all from talented and committed sports people through to those who play sport or keep fit for fun.
St Mary’s offers nearly 500 undergraduate degree programmes. Many subjects can be combined, offering you flexibility and choice to shape your studies the way you want to. We also offer PGCE programmes, Masters courses and a range of professional short courses.
Recent results show that up to 52% of undergraduate students achieve a 2:1 or First Class Honours degree.
Our experienced and dedicated lecturers, many of whom are respected international scholars, are committed to their subject and to teaching. With good staff/student ratios they get to know you very well.
We are able to offer you work experience modules through the Centre for Workplace Learning and an excellent Careers Service to help you achieve your goals. We were proud to be ranked highly in league tables, with over 96% of graduates in employment or postgraduate study within six months of graduating.