St Mary's Campus
St Mary's location is hard to beat. It has all the advantages of easy access to central London but with the peace of a beautiful self-contained campus in the leafy suburb of Strawberry Hill nearby Kingston, Richmond and Twickenham. You'll find plenty of things to do in the local area.
The large riverside towns of Kingston and Richmond are just a short bus ride away, and you will find a huge range of entertainment including cinemas, live music venues, pubs, several theatres and a bowling alley, as well as an excellent range of shops, cafe and restaurants. Kingston night clubs offer special deals for St Mary's students and you will find other discounts for students in the area.
On top of this, central London is just over 30 minutes away by train from Strawberry Hill to Waterloo, giving you the opportunity to take advantage of everything the UK's capital has to offer from shops and entertainment to the cultural and educational benefits of access to theatres, galleries and the latest exhibitions. Public transport is frequent and runs late so it is easy to get to and from St Mary's University. Bus and train routes and directions to campus can be found here.
You'll also find plenty of convenient local amenities right on your doorstop since the high streets of Teddington and Twickenham are within walking distance and offer a good range of shops, restaurants and pubs. The University is situated just a few minutes away from the River Thames and is in the grounds of the historic Strawberry Hill House.
History of St Mary's Campus
St Mary's is situated in the grounds of Strawberry Hill House. Horace Walpole, son of a Prime minster Robert Walpole, bought the house in 1717 and enlarged it in a style that took its place in the history of architecture as Strawberry Hill Gothic. The University uses some of the 19th Century rooms in the house but also benefits from its lovely grounds as part their self-contained campus.