By coming to Kingston University you automatically become a member of Kingston University Students' Union (KUSU). Representing you throughout your time at Kingston, KUSU aims to provide you with the opportunities and support you need to have the best possible time at university. We are run by students, for students, and as such offer you plenty of opportunities to get involved. We are a democratic organisation and are here to represent your voice – whether that is through the course rep system, supporting you on campaigns or simply listening to you throughout the year.
We're here not only to offer independent advice and support during your time at university, but also to help you to run your own sports clubs and societies. We even have dedicated volunteering co-ordinators to help you discover lots of wonderful volunteering opportunities.
KUSU also runs the on-campus bars and shops to bring you everything you might need on a day-to-day basis! And if you're looking for a job-they are all staffed by students.
Here's a run down of everything we do, plus don't forget to meet your KUSU officers for this year:
Along with the University's student support services, we run the social events held during Freshers' Week – an orientation programme that takes place each September to help you settle in and get to know each other.
Last year's events included bar parties every night leading up to a fantastic Willy Wonka themed Freshers' Ball. Freshers' Week also includes a number of orientation and welcome events specifically for international students to help you make friends and feel at home.
Take a look at our video from the September 2014 Freshers' Fayre for an idea of what to expect:
Watch a video of the September 2012 Freshers' Ball (please note that this video contains strobe lighting):
The format of your induction will vary – from introductory talks where you'll be given a reading list to more informal social events. Whatever form it takes, the aim is to make you feel welcome and help you settle in.
Throughout your time at University, some of your greatest experiences can come from your involvement with societies. Here at Kingston we're proud to offer around 90 active societies. From anime to cake making, entrepreneurship to pharmacy, and street theatre to wine, there's bound to be something that you'll want to get involved with!
But if you do feel like something's missing, how about starting up your own society? All you need is the support of 10 other students, and we can help you get the ball rolling with facilities and funding. Find out more on the KUSU website.
KUSU currently supports, develops and administers some 35 competitive and non-competitive sports clubs with a membership of around 1,600 students.
Joining a sports club is a great way to meet new people, as well as being part of something you feel passionate about. If you want to try something exciting and new, KUSU supports a range of non-competitive clubs, from the depths of sub-aqua to the heights of snowboarding.
KUSU runs the University's volunteering scheme. You can choose to help out on a regular basis in schools, charities and community groups, or take part on the odd occasion in one-off projects. You can even run your own volunteering project with funding and support provided by us. Whether you've got bags of time to give or a couple of hours now and then, we can help find the right volunteering option for you.
If you're thinking about working part time during your studies, why not consider doing so in one of our bars or shops, all of which are staffed by students. All our roles are designed to fit around your studies, which make them a great way to have a part-time job while you're studying at Kingston. View our current vacancies.
KUSU Support provides free, independent advice and support to Kingston University students through its team of professional advisers in the following areas:
Join sports and societies, don't be scared to join up as everyone's in the same boat. I wish I had joined more...
Don't forget to pick up your NUS Extra card when you arrive at Kingston. The card costs just £12 for the whole year and gives you access to hundreds of offers to help make student life more affordable.
You'll benefit from exclusive discounts with brands such as Amazon, Odeon Cinemas, Virgin Media, Ticketmaster, Game, Warehouse, Miss Selfridge, Superdrug and many more. View the full list on the NUS website.
Plus we'll be offering a variety of promotions during Freshers' Week featuring the NUS Extra Card, including savings on Kingston hoodies and Freshers' Ball tickets.
For an extra £2.99 you can upgrade your card to an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and get over 40,000 discounts worldwide.
What's more, some of the money that's made from the sale of the cards goes right back into your Students' Union, so there's more money to spend on events, volunteering, societies, sports clubs, welfare and everything else that makes Kingston such a great place to be a student.