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Living in halls

Living in halls of residence is a great way to get to know other people and can be lots of fun. You usually share a flat with both male and female students from a range of different backgrounds.

  • What is it like living in halls?
    If you live in a hall of residence at Kingston, you'll have a single room in a flat shared with other students. You'll share the kitchen with between two and nine other students. Read more.
  • Who is eligible for a place in halls?
    We'll try to offer you a place in halls of residence if you make Kingston your firm or insurance choice through UCAS (subject to availability – please note we are unable to provide a room to every first-year student who applies and meets our eligibility criteria). You must also be studying a full-time course at the University or an associate college for at least one full academic year and for the first time. Read more.
  • How much does it cost to live in halls?
    Our halls of residence are grouped into price bands with different fees, which are available to view on the room types and costs pages. The rent includes heating, lighting and hot water. Read more.
  • How do I apply for a place in halls?
    The Accommodation Team will email you about how to apply for halls by the beginning of July (assuming you have met our eligibility criteria and have accepted an offer of a course). You should then apply via our website as soon as possible. Read more.
  • I'm an international student. Will I definitely get a place in halls?
    We guarantee an offer of accommodation during the first year for all international students who apply for halls by 5 August 2016 and meet our eligibility criteria. Read more.
  • When can I move into halls?
    We will send you full details about when to move in along with your offer of a room in halls.
  • Where are the halls?
    Different halls are available depending on which campus you are studying at. Read more.
  • What will it be like living in halls?
    If you live in a hall of residence at Kingston, you'll have a single room in a flat shared with other students. You'll share the kitchen with between two and nine other students. Read more.
  • What do I need to bring with me?
    You will need the following items with you:
    • duvet (we recommend at least 13.5 tog), pillows and bed linen;
    • desk lamp;
    • coat hangers;
    • fused adaptor (not three-way plug);
    • towels and tea (kitchen) towels;
    • personal toiletries and toilet paper; and
    • crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils.
    Kitchens are fully equipped with a fridge, freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, iron and ironing board. Please do not bring any extra furniture with you.
  • Do I need to take out insurance?

    Kingston University has arranged some contents insurance for you with Endsleigh, the number one student insurance provider. This cover does not protect laptops and phones or other items when you are outside your room. It is important for you to check this cover, so please follow the steps below to ensure you fully understand the protection provided.

    Enter your policy number HH1217 at endsleigh.co.uk/reviewcover to check your policy details (if you are in IQ Wave then please use HH1146 as your policy number). Here you will be able to:

    • check what is covered;
    • check key exclusions and limitations;
    • check your policy excess;
    • check how to make a claim; and
    • extend and personalise your cover to protect laptops, phones and other valuables.

It is important to find out exactly what you are covered for, as you may find that the contents cover is not sufficient and you need to extend it to protect all of your possessions both inside and outside of your room.

  • How do I pay my halls fees?
    You can pay your accommodation fees in full in October on receipt of the licence (date to be confirmed); or by Direct Debit Instruction in line with the University's instalment plan. Read more.
  • Where can I find out more?
    You can view our list of frequently asked questions or the Welcome to Halls information. Contact the Accommodation team in the Student Life Centre for advice if you have any further queries.
  • How can I meet people in my halls?
    We know moving into your first place can be a bit scary as well as exciting! That's why we'll be holding free welcome events at each of our halls in September. It's the perfect opportunity to make some new friends as well as meet the halls management staff. (Please note that these events are for halls residents only.)

Each year we run a Welcome to Halls event, view our video from September 2014:

Contact us

Kingston University
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Contact us

Kingston University
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Emma, Fine Art studentEmma, Fine Art student

If you stay at halls in your first year the university puts on a welcome halls event at each hall of residence where there's free food at a BBQ, games and DJs from the local radio station come down and play music.

Charlotte, History of Art, Design and Film studentCharlotte, History of Art, Design and Film student

When I first moved to Kingston I lived in student halls. For me this was the best way of meeting people, gaining independence gradually, and settling into an area that I knew very little about.

Halls checklist

If you're staying in halls of residence you'll need to bring the following:

  • Duvet, pillows and bed linen
  • Desk lamp
  • Coat hangers
  • Fused adaptor (not three-way plug)
  • Towels and tea (kitchen) towels
  • Personal toiletries and toilet paper
  • Crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils

Kitchens in halls are fully equipped with a fridge, freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, iron and ironing board.

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