Throughout your university career everyone will tell you how important it is to make sure you get your work done on time, make the most of every opportunity and tons of other things that will look great on your CV; and quite frankly making yourself employable can be very hard work sometimes. That's why it's great to have at least some sort of a social life to blow off some steam. The "go-to" hang out spots for students looking to let their hair down will no doubt be one of the many upbeat nightclubs Kingston has to offer, but what if you're like me and not much of a bar crawler? Well there's something out there for us too!
You'll see this place appear so many times in so many blogs because it's such a versatile place; it's just as entertaining at night as it is during the day. There's the ODEON cinema with 14 screens, a Ben & Jerry's ice cream stand and the AMBAR bar; then there's tenpin bowling, also with a bar and fast food outlets; David Lloyd Leisure if you feel like working up a sweat or just chilling and many great restaurants with a new one on the way.
The Slug & Lettuce
If you like something a bit more up market then this is the place for you. A personal favourite of mine, during the evening it's a restaurant, with varied menu it even serves mock tails if you don't feel like waking the next morning with a hangover. At night it transforms into a full-fledged wine bar with music, bouncers, and everything - though it doesn't have the complete nightclub feel so you get the best of both worlds!
Situated opposite The Slug and lettuce, Carluccio's is an authentic Italian restaurant that looks way more expensive than it really is. So if you're in the mood for some Italian and you've got some time and a bit of money to spare then this is the place for you.
If there's one thing that's in abundance in Kingston it's restaurants. They're dotted all around Kingston; some of which include favourites like Nando's and TGI Friday's, to smaller ones like La Tasca , Las Iguanas and Jamie Oliver's restaurant (I'm really not sure if that's its name or not!), but doesn't matter what you feel for on your night out there's bound to be something for you.
Rose Theatre/Arthur Cotterell Theatre
If you're a bit more dramatic or not feeling for food then the theatre is another option. There's a misconception when people think about the theatre that it's going to be something like Les Miserables but the truth is there are so many things that go on. The Rose theatre has an oval shaped stage, semi-circular seating and a pit area where audiences can sit on cushions to watch performances and has had many big named celebs grace its stage. Similarly the AC theatre which is located in Kingston College, is not only used for productions by student and independent theatre groups but it's also a used for events in Kingston including concerts, dance events and talks.
if you're a pub person then this is for you! Kingston has plenty of options in this department, including favourite like The King's Tun, The Ram, Hart's Boatyard, The Waggon and Horses and plenty more.
I feel like as students, we either really look forward to the time we have to write our dissertations, or we absolutely dread it. For me, it was the second one. Until you find something that really interests you, it's hard to get into the planning, research etc but when you've got it, and it clicks, the feeling is quite amazing. To think you can go from absolute dread and misery, losing sleep about the thought of failing your degree, to the highest levels of optimism and enthusiasm, really is great. To get to that point though, the key is preparation.
I guess what I'm trying to get at is your degree is three years long and although the first year is worth nothing towards your actual classification, it is definitely equally, if not more, important. In your early days at Uni you'll learn so much base knowledge which if you don't know come third year, you are more than likely going to fail, or at least spend an extra 87487 hours in the library! No third year wants to spend longer in the library than already needed. Of course first year is all about booze runs, partying, avoiding the library and skipping lectures, right? OF COURSE! But this can all be done as well as learning the basics (which might not be so basic.)
Life will be SO much easier if you put the work in early on, and then the third year will be a breeze. That doesn't mean getting bogged down with tones of reading though. Just make sure you do the core stuff, and try drag yourself out of bed to make those 9 o'clock lectures! The University library is always like a sauna in the winter so for those of you who can barely afford toilet roll, let alone heating in your student house, you can just spend your hung over mornings doing some light reading! That's what they told me anyway...
Many of my friends and myself are now in third year, hence we're far too busy to go out regularly at night, but I live in the middle of town, so I still see the crowds of students trudge from one night club to the next, enjoying their well-deserved nights out on town. Kingston (and naturally London too) has a good selection of clubs and other venues for going out and so the streets at night are usually busy, especially on weekends. Now, I've got nothing against going a little crazy, but here are some tips just to ensure you stay safe!
Although Kingston is consistently rated among the safest of all London boroughs by the Metropolitan Police, it is wise to take some precautions: