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5) Spending your nights in the Library

It all gets too much Studying in the LRC

Our library is open for 24 hours for 5 days a week during the term times. It is a great way to utilize the vast amount of resources, from books, to online journals and group study rooms.

I often get distractions at home but the library is a great place to work as there are different zones, e.g. group ones, silent study etc. The best experience I think a student needs is experiencing an ‘all-nighter'.

I've fallen asleep a few times and have been woken up by the librarians poking me!

4) Seeing specialist and famous Guest speakers

Sir Trevor McDonald gave a talk

Kingston University has really good links with top industry related firms, and often they come in to deliver employability workshops and other skill sessions. One of the best experiences was getting to meet Sir Trevor McDonald who is a special guest that delivers talks every year to Kingston students. Get involved with as many of these as possible!

3) Having fun in the Student Union bar

Batman!

When you need to chill out after a stressful day at University where do you go? The answer is to our Student Union Bar. Across the campuses there are 3 bars that are all unique - pool tables, a retro Nintendo 64, a Nintendo Wii, Subway (sandwich bar) and of course lots of events where musicians come and play. It's a great place to chill out with your friends and there are so many fun and exciting events put on throughout the year by the Union, including a 50/60s mid century party that I went to as the 60's TV version of Batman!

2) Sports societies

Rowing Club Sailing Club

From traditional sports such as football, rugby, basketball, tennis etc. to more extreme sports such as skiing, skydiving, go-karting, rowing and many more that you may never have done before, Kingston has something for you. I've joined sailing and rowing clubs; these are activities I've never done before and love them! We have great sports facilities here. It really is about trying new things and getting involved as much as you can. I firmly believe it's not just what degree classification you get; it's also what you do in terms of the extra curricula activities that make all the difference to what you will get out of your University experience.

1) Going to Lectures!

Getting involved during a lecture

University is about getting an education. Therefore it's essential to go to lectures. They are actually really interesting and useful, especially if you have a passion for your subject. I may find it hard waking up for a 2 hour, 9am lecture but once I am there I get really involved. They use projectors and we have to take notes. We also usually have special guest lecturers come in too. I even managed to take part of a lecture for my course which was a great experience albeit terrifying!

 

At Freshers Fayre5. Join a society

Joining societies is probably the best way to make new friends at Uni and there is literally a society for everything! Some of my best friends are ones I met at French society events in first year.

4. Earn some cash!

KU employs loads of students for a variety of roles such as working at graduation, in the SU shops or bars, in the library, as a Student Ambassador (like us!) and many more. The work is flexible and mostly on campus so it's a really easy way that I've found to earn cash without affecting my studies.

3. The Food Store

If I have time between lectures, a few friends and I tend to grab a bite to eat in the Food Store (canteen). It's reasonably priced and there's always a variety on offer, hot and cold, so everyone's happy.

Reading up on some work2. The Library

I spend a lot of time in the library but I actually really enjoy it. It has everything you need to study: quiet space and a (slightly noisier) group work area, computers, and a café with free newspapers.

Whenever I go there I bump into someone on my course or that I know from Uni so I see it as a social space too.

1. Hit the Su Bar

I like to go to the SU bar at Penryhn Road after lectures and sometimes the Knights Park bar because it's by the river.

Enjoying a drink in the SU barThe SU bars have the cheapest drinks in town and there's always a really chilled atmosphere so it's a good place to relax after a day of studying.

 

Books, Books and more Books5. Finding books in the library

Getting lost in the library is a favourite pastime of mine.

I'm studying what I'm passionate about so when it comes to choosing essay topics and researching a subject, I fully throw myself into it and take out about 10 books at a time. Finding the books is probably the funnest part if I'm honest.

 

 

 

 

Hanging out in the Library cafe4. Hang out in the library cafe

Most mornings I'll get my coffee and read the newspaper.

Open from early in the morning, until late at night the cafe is a saviour and the newspapers are put out in the library cafe free of charge everyday. It's the best place to have a break from studying and chat with friends.

 

 

Having fun in class3. Have fun in class

Having fun without words in my lecture, my friend and I got creative.

Although, sometimes students don't make it to early morning classes, I always regret missing class so even if I'm still half asleep I get myself there. I always find I feel better about it and sometimes it can be really fun seeing my classmates I don't see otherwise.

 

 

Being a student ambassador2. Being a Student Ambassador

Community open day at Kingston Hill was one of the funniest day's I've worked.

Being an ambassador means I've met such a diverse groups of people that I probably wouldn't have met otherwise. I've had so many fun experiences working on campus!

 

 

Hanging out at the SU bar1. Hang out at the SU Bar

The outside patio at Knights Park SU Bar is perfect for summer time drinks and a chat.

I love Knights Park bar because the outside area is a lot more social and next to the river. Plus it's only round the corner from Penryhn, and then a five mintue walk from my house!

 

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