Arriving in a new country can be as scary as it is exciting, but thanks to our two-week orientation programme you can be sure to have lots of things to do, opportunities to make friends, and plenty of information and support to help you with all the practical aspects of living somewhere new.
You can expect:
We organise theatre trips to London's famous West End; themed walking tours (such as Harry Potter or the sights of London); karaoke nights, pub quizzes and discos; traditional British Sunday lunches; and boat trips on the River Thames. These events are lots of fun, a perfect way to make new friends and a good way of getting to know London.
There are talks on various aspects of student life and two big information fairs where you can complete practical tasks such as registering with the university doctor, joining the Fitness Centre, getting a UK mobile phone and opening a bank account. You can also learn about the free English language development programme and get information on visas and immigration.
Meet with current students who can show you the best places to eat, drink, shop and go out in Kingston. You can also go on an escorted trip to one of our most popular student supermarkets to stock up your new kitchen.
Freshers' is a term commonly used to describe new university students and this is what all freshers' activities are about. Freshers' Week starts a week before teaching (only for September intake) and is run by the Union of Kingston Students. During the day on the Thursday and Friday is the famous Freshers' Fair, where you can browse hundreds of stands, get lots of free handouts and gifts, join up to societies and sports clubs and make lots of new friends. There are events at all three bars every night, such as comedians, hypnotists and live bands, ending off with the Freshers' Ball on Friday night – three huge marquees full of dancing, music and entertainment.
If you have already applied to Kingston University, find out more about when the events take place and how to book in our pre-arrival information section.
In addition to all the central activities that will acquaint you with the University and its services as a whole, each faculty or school arranges important induction events for all students covering:
Many of the faculties also run additional events to welcome international students. For example, the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing's annual Enhancement Event offers the chance to meet other students and the academic team in an informal setting.
Students at the event also find out more about the support services available. Past events have included sessions on the University's Careers Service and how to get started in a research career.
Our International Student Advisory Centre offers specialist support for international students.
Our friendly yellow team of ambassadors will be available during our events to welcome, advise and support you.