So...FRESHERS IS GETTING CLOSE!
How are you guys feeling? Excited I hope!! It may seem a bit daunting, especially if you're coming from abroad or from faraway places in the UK, but trust me, it's an amazing experience and so much fun!
In this blog I thought I'd try and help out those people that, like me, need a part-time job during uni! There's a number of websites you can visit. Kingston uni have their own ‘jobshop' which can be accessed here: http://extranet.kingston.ac.uk/careers/vacancies-generic.asp?vType=PT keep checking every now and again as they upload new jobs ever so often. If you're looking for a job in the retail industry Kingston is quite the place! Seeing as the town centre is full of very tempting shops. There's the Bentall centre which posts current vacancies here http://www.thebentallcentre-shopping.com/jobs.cfm there's shops like H&M, New look, Zara, Apple...and more! It also has a few cafes (like Costa) if you prefer.
I'd recommend you get a CV printed out and have a walk around Kingston town, especially the high street, in some shops they may send you straight to apply online (like Zara) but others may like seeing you face to face and ask you a few questions on the spot, as I found out unexpectedly last year at Bank!
Applying at supermarkets is also quite popular with students because they offer quite good pay, in Kingston we have; ASDA, Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Lidl and M&S...take your pick! There's also loads of multicultural restaurants around so if there's one from where you're originally from I'd recommend you use the advantage...might as well! Haha. BUT if you're more of a party animal and enjoy nightlife then the clubs around are always looking for staff, good luck waking up for lectures though!
I'm mainly talking about finding jobs in Kingston as that's what best suits me. It means I don't have such a long distance to travel, and don't spend most of my wages on transport!, but we are of course in Greater London so there's tons of opportunities around!
Well, hope this helps! And good luck with the job hunting! And enjoy freshers!!
Going to university is a big step, whether coming straight from college or returning to learning after a gap year or working in industry, and the truth is it can be daunting in every situation. Being well prepared will help to relieve some of the anxious feelings as you'll be more in control of the situation; here are just some things you can do to take control.
• Make sure your student finance is sorted- Most of you will have your student finance sorted by now but it won't hurt to go over everything with a fine tooth comb, there just might be something you've missed.
• Put some money aside- For a lot people the student finance experience isn't always a good one, their money comes late and they're left in financial problems before term starts, but having some sort of savings put aside just in case can be a big help.
• Open a student bank account- Most banks try to tempt you into opening an account with them by using freebies, which isn't always a bad thing. Also many offer you an interest free overdraft, another way of having some contingency money for the rainy days.
• Invest in the right stationery- It may seem elementary but having the right stationery and tools can be essential to being the organised student you know you can be, it doesn't always have to be expensive to be useful.
• Get into the habit of keeping a diary- writing down the dates of important events keeps you in control as you know when everything is due, where you should be and generally keeps you in the know.
• Do not panic- panicking won't help you at all and most of the time it's unnecessary as you'll be fine. There are loads of people around to support you through your university journey.
Starting your university the right way can be the difference between getting a good degree and a bad one as things may just get worse if it starts bad, so getting off to the right start is essential.
It is my firm belief that there are plenty of fun places to go to in Kingston. There are a lot of restaurants and pubs by the riverside and I spoke about them in my previous blog post. There are also a few ice cream & dessert shops but there is also a place in Kingston, which serves as a home to all of these. That is the Rotunda.
It is located right across from Kingston train station with Tesco to its left, Subway to its right and the train station as I said- straight ahead. It is conveniently located for people both living in Surbiton and Kingston Hill.
So what is it...?
The Rotunda is a bit like the Bentall centre in Kingston but it is also a bit different. It is large and it is the home for 8 fantastic restaurants, bars, movies, bowling and a fitness centre. If you'd like to grab a bite, you are more than welcome to go there and choose between The Cattle Grid, Finesse, Frangos, Frankie & Benny's, Jellybugs, Pizza Express, Prezzo and Tony Roma's. They would be happy to offer you anything from a juicy steak, through a fresh salad to a yummy dessert. Did I mention it is a great place to hang out with friends?
The best part is that if you sign up for the Rotunda student card, you get a student discount. If you are driving there, you get a discount for parking as well- 25% off parking at NCP Fairfield Road. At the end of my post, I've included a list of the discounts that you can get your hands on all year round, so take a peek!
Bowling also proves to be a great group bonding experience. So whether you are part of a society or you just want to go with friends, I would say go for it! I know that in some occasions, you can win prizes!
I mentioned that you can see a movie at the Odeon in Kingston. You can always check what the programme is online and the best part is that Kingston University has close ties with the Odeon and there are quite a few students who work there. You just need to pass by and leave them your CV. Furthermore, if you are a Film or TV student (or both!), a job at the Odeon would look great on your CV!
There is also David Lloyd- one of the best gyms in town. They have a swimming pool, a sauna, a steam room and a hot tub. It is just the place to pamper yourself. Not to mention that the gym itself has a panoramic view of the area, facing Kingston station, and while you are running, you can also spot your friends going around town!
That is about all I can tell you about the Rotunda in Kingston. All the rest- you'll need to discover for yourself. Before you head over there, take a look at some of the discounts you are eligible for all year round:
Prezzo- 20% off food Sunday-Thursday
Pizza Express- Buy one get one free on take away pizza
Tony Roma's- 20% off food Monday-Friday after 5pm, All day Sunday
Cattle Grid- House burger £5, Gourmet burger £6 all day, every day
Tenpin- £5 for 2 games or £6.99 unlimited games (Valid 6.00pm Sundays to 6.00pm Fridays)
£2.60 per pint on draught Carlsberg, Tetley's and Blackthorn
£2.60 on selected spirits and bottled beers
£2.75 student burgers
Frangos- 25% off food Monday-Thursday
10% off food rest of the week with student specials every day
Odeon- 25% off cinema tickets Monday-Thursdays
David LLoyd- Zero joining fee and exclusive welcome bundle worth £175
Membership from only £21.99
Finesse- 10% off on evening meals & free drink refills on Tuesday
Frankie & Benny's- 20% off food, excludes Mondays 5-11pm
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