The location of St Mary's University is hard to beat. Situated in Strawberry Hill, a safe, leafy suburb of London, St. Mary’s is just a few minutes from the River Thames and close to a variety of local activities. You’ll find everything you need right on your doorstep.
Established in 1850 in Hammersmith, St Mary’s moved to the grounds of the Strawberry Hill House in 1925. When Horace Walpole, son of the politician Robert Walpole, bought the original cottage in 1717, he enlarged using a style now known as Strawberry Hill Gothic. The University College uses some of the 19th Century rooms in the house, but also benefits from the lovely grounds and the self-contained campus they create.
New buildings have been developed to meet the needs of the nearly 4,000 students, but St. Mary’s remains on this single campus with sports grounds just ten minutes walk away. Nearby Richmond Park and Bushy Park in Teddington have hundreds of acres of beautiful, secluded woodlands for get-away-from-it-all walks and space for cycling and running. The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace, museums, galleries, and several historic houses are also very close to the campus.
Teddington and Twickenham are within walking distance and offer a good range of shops, restaurants and pubs. Twickenham is on the river, and the larger riverside towns of Kingston and Richmond are just a short bus ride away. You will find cinemas, live music venues, pubs, theatres, a bowling alley, and an excellent range of shops, cafés and restaurants. Kingston night clubs offer special deals for St Mary’s students, and you’ll find other discounts for students in the area, too. St Mary’s is also an excellent location for finding part-time jobs.
Central London is just a 30 minutes train ride away, so you can take advantage of London’s shops, entertainment, cultural and educational theatres, galleries, and the latest exhibitions. Public transport is frequent and runs late into he evening, so it’s easy to get to and from the University College.
St. Mary’s attractive and safe location with easy access to London and local towns means we offer the best of both worlds.