- St George’s has its origins in 1733, and was the second institution in England to provide formal training for doctors.
- Ranked 1st in the world when measured for the quality of citations or research influence (Times Higher World University Rankings, 2015).
- Part of the University of London.
St George’s first began training doctors through St George’s Hospital, which registered its first apprentice doctor in 1751. In 1834 St George’s Hospital Medical School was formally established. Both the hospital and medical school moved from their original location – Lanesborough House, Hyde Park Corner – to Tooting between 1973 and 1980.>St George’s Hospital Medical School was renamed St George’s, University of London in 2005.
Today, St George’s is the UK’s only independent medical and healthcare higher education institution. It benefits from strong links with the healthcare profession, including a shared site with St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust in Tooting, South London. It is dedicated to the education and training of doctors, nurses, midwives, physician assistants, paramedics, physiotherapists, radiographers, social workers, healthcare and biomedical scientists. In 2014, Research carried out by the Population Health Institute on the effects of parental smoking on the respiratory health among children results in a Westminster Bill to ban smoking in cars when children are present.
In 2015, a new paramedic virtual reality training centre was opened that can emulate scenes such as a nightclub fire or roadside crash. On average It attracts around 6,000 students, some of whom are taught in conjunction with Kingston University.
Colleges and Schools
St George’s, University of London, is a specialist medical and health sciences college and part of the University of London. St George’s offers foundation and undergraduate degrees at its site in Tooting in medical, biomedical and healthcare sciences, including: Biomedical Science BSc (Hons), Biomedical Science Foundation Degree, Healthcare Practice DipHE and BSc (Hons), Healthcare Practice Foundation Degree, Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) BSc (Hons), Medicine (four-year graduate stream) MBBS4, Medicine (five-year) MBBS5, and Medicine (six-year) MBBS6, Physician Associate Studies MSc.
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Undergraduate and international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate) are prioritised for a place at Horton Halls in their first year. Most, if not all, of these students will secure a room at Horton Halls.
Each flat accommodates four to eight students, sharing a well-equipped kitchen and dining area. There are on-site laundry facilities, internet access in every room, and a secure reception manned 24 hours a day. A mixture of mixed and single sex flats are clustered around an attractive central courtyard. Each block includes a common room with comfortable seating and a large plasma-screen television, where students can relax and meet friends.
A bus service running every 20 minutes serves the halls and drops off right outside the University’s main entrance. Horton Halls is wheelchair accessible and we provide for students with other disabilities or special needs.
Students can take advantage of the expansive learning resources centre in Kingston, and a comprehensive medical library at St George’s, University of London. The skills labs at the Kingston Hill campus offer the equipment of a clinical setting and mimic a real life hospital ward. Students also learn through role play, with health service users and shared learning with student doctors, paramedics and other healthcare professionals. Radiotherapy students hone their clinical skills in a simulated cancer treatment room, completing practical elements of their course in a virtual environment for radiotherapy training (Vert) suite.
- Over 230 PC workstations across 5 computer rooms.
- Over 70 wi-fi-enabled laptops which are available for student use within the library.
- 42,000 books, theses & multimedia materials are held in the library.
- The library subscribes to over 10,000 electronic journals.
St George’s University of London students have access to state of the art facilities with extensive clinical skills laboratories and a low fidelity simulation suite as well as a centre for paramedic science students. Such facilities support the development of practical skills for all students studying health related disciplines. In order to facilitate the submission of placement assessments students use e-portfolio software on tablets which are fully supported by the University. There is a modern library and learning resource centre offering more than 300 silent, quiet and group study spaces as well as many technology enabled work stations and study spaces. High density wi-fi is available across the campus and our drop-in clinics help to support students in both their use of technology and in developing their study skills.
With a multi-faith and quiet contemplation room, self-directed learning space, social learning space, graduate centre and extensive student union facilities, St George’s meets the diverse needs of all its students.
St George’s, University of London is in Tooting, south west London, and shares a site with St George’s Hospital. We are about five minutes’ walk from Tooting Broadway Tube station. The nearest Tube station is Tooting Broadway (Northern Line, Zone 3), about 22 minutes from London Bridge and 25 minutes from Waterloo. St George’s is about five minutes’ walk from the underground station. The Tooting mainline rail station is a 15 min walk away. The line runs from Wimbledon to Luton and Bedford, via King’s Cross.
Living in London
If you want to take in a West End show, sample international cuisine, dance all night or just enjoy a quiet drink with friends then London has all of this and more.
Our south west London location in Tooting offers you the best of both worlds – it is small enough to maintain a friendly, local atmosphere, but it is close enough to all the attractions of central London. You will have all the advantages of living in one of the most exciting cities in the world without all the cost!
- Tooting Lido is the largest open air pool in the British Isles. Brad Pitt counts as one of its visitors. Scenes from the film ‘Snatch’ were filmed there
- There are more than 50 places to eat in Tooting
- There are more than 15 places of worship in Tooting, servicing four major religions
- Jimi Hendrix, The Police, The Rolling Stones and Jerry Lee Lewis have all performed at Tooting Granada (now Gala Bingo)
- Merton Abbey Mills, a short bus ride away, is host to Abbeyfest, a summer festival of theatre, music and comedy
- Tooting has been settled since pre-Saxon times, and its unusual name means “the dwelling of the sons of Totas”
Tooting has excellent public transport links, with two tube and one train station, and multiple bus routes. This includes two night buses that run all night, offering direct access to London’s world famous night life. St George’s is five minutes from Tooting Broadway tube station, and central London and all its attractions are just 25 minutes away.