Before starting your first term at Kingston University, there are things you'll need to do to ensure you have your place secured and are set up to start.
Qualifications and exam results
- If your offer is conditional on exam results, we'll need to receive these to confirm your offer as unconditional (this secures your place). If your qualifications aren't , please send your results to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you have them.
- If you don't get the results you need, don't panic. We may still be able to confirm your place or offer your place on an alternative course that suits your needs. If you want to talk about this once you have your results, please call 0800 0483 334 (choosing option 2) if you are in the UK or +44 20 8328 1149 if you are outside of the UK. You will need to have your ID number to hand.
Money and student finance
- Money Movement – join Kingston's Money Movement community to help you to keep more money in your pocket and save on your preparation for university expenses. We won't tell you how to spend but we will be the helpful friend who offers advice on how to make an unexpected extra saving, cook a delicious cheap meal or find fun things to do for free! On top of this, we run fun themed events and giveaways throughout the year which are free for all students to attend. Don't delay, join the Money Movement today! Find us on or follow us on
- Financial support – make sure you've contacted your funding authority (eg if you live in England, this will be Student Finance England) to apply for a tuition fee loan, maintenance loan, and any other support that you may be eligible for. Make sure that, if you're applying for a tuition and/or maintenance loan, you've completed the declaration form and returned it as no declaration means no money! Find out more about fees and funding.
- Paying your fees – make sure you understand what you need to do and when by reading our Money Matters guide.
- If you're an international student, you will need to pay 50% of tuition fees on or before enrolment.
- If a sponsor is paying your fees, send us any sponsor letters or purchase orders from sponsors prior to enrolment if possible, quoting your Kingston University ID number. Find out more.
- Budgeting and working – for everyday budgeting, the Money Movement can help you spend less than you have to. Check out our section on planning a budget. The also has useful tips and a budget calculator. Having a part-time job can help boost your income, and our careers service, KU Talent, can help you to find work as a student with us.
- KU Cares is a specific support package for care leaver/care experienced/estranged/young adult carer students. The support includes advocacy through a designated member of staff, access to KU Cares bursary (conditions apply), priority for University-managed accommodation and paid opportunities to develop your CV by supporting outreach activities. KU Cares is part of the Compact Scheme which is targeted at students with a strong academic background, but who may need some additional support in the transition into higher education.
- Disability and mental health support – support available for students with different disabilities. To access this support please send us your medical or diagnostic evidence. You may also be able to apply for Disabled Students' Allowance.
- Discuss vaccinations with your GP:
- Public Health England has issued about the . We recommend that you contact your GP for advice before arriving at Kingston University.
- We also recommend that you contact your GP regarding the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination if you have not already had it. This vaccination is usually given as a baby, with the final pre-school booster aged three years.
- Decide where you want to live – if you're planning to move into new accommodation, take a look at our halls of residence, and the range of options available in the private sector.
- Accommodation fee deposit – if you're living in halls, we'll contact you about making payment when you need to.
- Moving-in date – if you have a place in halls, we'll be contacting you towards to start of term, so keep an eye on your emails and the post. International students are able to move in at the beginning of the International Arrivals and Orientation week.
- What to bring – make sure you know what's already included in your accommodation. Some things are already provided in our halls.
- What can you cook – learn how to cook while you can! Check out the for ideas.
- Your route to campus – make sure you know how to get here and what your alternative options are if your normal route is disrupted. Our journey planner is useful to see the routes when travelling by public transport, bike, car or foot. Keep updated with journey alerts from and . Remember, public transport in London is now contactless.
- Apply for your discounted TfL Oystercard – there is a 16+ Zip Oyster photocard and an 18+ Student Oyster photocard which can save you money on travel. Read more about eligibility and applying on (please note that your application can only be approved after you have enrolled).
- If you're an international student, don't forget to book your free airport pick-up.
Union of Kingston Students sports clubs and societies
September is fast approaching and the Union of Kingston Students can't wait to welcome you. During Welcome Week you'll find out more about student life and the range of activities and support available. Before you arrive you might want to start thinking about which sports clubs and societies you can join.
- Sports clubs – joining a sports club is a great way to meet new people, as well as being part of something you feel passionate about. To find out more about which sports are available, visit the .
- Fitness Centre – located at our Penrhyn Road campus, the has a large gym and a range of classes available.
- Societies – we're proud to offer Kingston students a choice of more than 90 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! Visit the for a full list of societies.
If you are interested in joining a sport or society; come along to our Freshers' Fayre at Kingston Hill campus on 22 and 23 September where you can meet most sports clubs and societies and sign up straight away. To find out more about freshers' activities, visit our dedicated Facebook event page.
There are some things you can do after enrolment, and some things which will happen automatically. Read more about these on the enrolment page.