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As part of the compulsory KU Welcome Week, we have a great programme of events and activities which you can tailor to your interests. From information about part time jobs to sports and relaxation; we've got it all covered. All of the activities are open to everyone regardless of your experience.

Tailor your activities and book your place at each event you would like to attend below.

Meanwhile, before KU Welcome Week starts, there is an international arrival and orientation programme for international students to help you with some of the things you will need to settle in.

You can also download a printable pocket-sized Critical Guide (PDF) which details all of the essential welcome activities taking place during Welcome Week.

Events taking place during Welcome include:

  • Assistive technology
  • Find out how to work productively using assistive software during your studies. Gain insight into using mind mapping software ‘Inspiration', electronic reading software 'Texthelp Read&Write' and ‘ClaroRead' to make reading, writing and research more productive for you.

    The session is open to all students but may be particularly useful if you have a disability, mental health condition or Specific Learning Difference (SpLD) such as dyslexia.

  • Be your own boss
  • Kingston University is known for its successes in helping students/graduates to start their own freelance career or business. Find out what support is available to you to compliment your studies and help you realise your dreams of being your own boss.

  • Commuter life @ KU
  • Join us to find out about all the opportunities we have for commuter students, both on campus and where you live. Learn to travel smart, save money and make the most of commuting!

  • Disabled Students' Allowance and more to support you
  • If you have a disability, specific learning difference such as dyslexia or a mental health condition then you could receive services and equipment to support you in your studies. We can help you apply and answer questions about support.

  • Discover volunteering
  • Not sure what all the fuss is about when it comes to volunteering? This interactive session will give you the chance to find out about volunteering while at Kingston University, and the opportunities you'll have to develop your skills, have a positive impact on the community and make new friends, whether you live here or in another part of London.

  • Discover your campus
  • A great opportunity to find out more about your campus and how Kingston University promotes and celebrates the benefits of sustainability for current and future generations. You will find out how your campus can enhance your learning through real-world learning opportunities and biodiversity.

  • Eat – Sleep – Achieve – Repeat
  • Check out different ways to stay healthy at university, and get some freebies such as: ‘mini-massage', student cook books, stress balls, condoms and more...

  • Get to know Kingston
  • Find out more about the borough to help you settle in and make the most of your time here.

  • Make your own and save money
  • We know sometimes money can be tight so why not come along to find out how you can 'make your own' and save money at the same time. This session will be hands on, give you the opportunity to meet new people and you'll take away something you've made. We'll also be giving you some top money saving tips to help you save money on things students traditionally spend most on.

  • Part time jobs: Earn while you learn
  • Find out about: paid opportunities on and off campus, how to make the most of recruitment events on campus, support available to help you secure employment, and details of upcoming events where you can meet employers.

  • Pop up sport
  • Pop along to see what the sport and active lifestyles team have to offer. You can join in the fun or simply spectate. We will be running activities such as soft ball tennis, table tennis, boxing pad challenge, and golf challenge, along with some active challenges that guarantee the feel-good factor and get you moving.

  • Postgraduate ball
  • Join us for the Postgraduate ball on Friday 22 September 2017 at Glenmore House for a drinks reception, canapés and dancing. Tickets are just £15, so get ready to dress to impress and dance the night away!

  • Postgraduate networking sessions
  • Let us help you find your feet! Meet other postgraduate students, ask questions to recent graduates and alumni, and get introduced to the KU Talent (careers) team at these informal sessions.

    • Tuesday 19 September, 6.30pm 8.30pm, Penrhyn Road campus
    • Thursday 21 September, 6.30pm 8.30pm, Kingston Hill campus

  • Social action skill up
  • Make new friends, gain amazing skills, and have fun! Do all of this while making a difference along the way. Come along to this talk to find out more about the opportunities we can offer you to get involved in outside your degree, including paid consultancy for charities, tutoring in schools across London, working with refugee centres and so much more.

  • Student parents and carers network
  • If you are a parent or have caring responsibilities, come along and find out about the support available to you while you are here at Kingston University. Join our network and meet other students you have something in common with.

  • Study or work abroad
  • Find out about the exciting international options available to Kingston University students, including Study Abroad and Erasmus work placement opportunities.

  • The KU Big Read discussion group
  • An opportunity to come together with fellow new students and staff to talk and discuss this year's KU Big Read, My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal. Facilitated by members of staff, it will give you an opportunity to share thoughts and opinions about the book, and to discuss themes and passages that were meaningful to you. Meet students and staff, spend time sharing ideas about the book, and hopefully feel more at home at Kingston University. Please bring your copy of My Name is Leon with you to the sessions. Didn't receive a copy? Pick one up in the LRC (library)!

  • Study smart with digital technology
  • Want to study smart using the leading technology available to you as a Kingston University student? This digital showcase will introduce you to the IT technology platform designed to enhance your studies.

  • US Financial Aid: Meet and greet
  • Network with other US Financial Aid students and share in your experience. Find out how Kingston University will process your loans and what to expect from the team.

  • What is academic writing?
  • Over the course of your degree, you will be asked to complete different types of academic writing. But what is academic writing and can you identify its key features? This interactive session will help you identify the key features of academic writing, and you should have more confidence about your own academic writing and how you can improve it.

  • Your faith at Kingston University – drop-in with tea and cakes
  • An opportunity to find out about how faith and spirituality are supported at the University. Drop-in at any time during the session for a warm welcome, information, tea and cakes!

Contact us

Queries about KU Welcome week (including course induction, enrolment or welcome activities)? Call us on:

  • Tel: 0800 048 2484*

*Freephone from both mobiles and landlines

Please note, the hotline will be open from Tuesday 22 August – Friday 22 September, 9.00am 5.00pm.

Contact us

Queries about KU Welcome week (including course induction, enrolment or welcome activities)? Call us on:

  • Tel: 0800 048 2484*

*Freephone from both mobiles and landlines

Please note, the hotline will be open from Tuesday 22 August – Friday 22 September, 9.00am 5.00pm.

Useful links

Build your Essential Welcome activity schedule here.

Welcome Connectors

Welcome Connectors

Whether you're in need of directions, looking for top tips on uni life or just fancy a chat, our Welcome Connectors are here to help.

They are Kingston University students who are keen to share their knowledge and experience with you, and should be easy to spot in bright green T-shirts with "Here to help" printed on the back.

Contact us

Queries about KU Welcome week (including course induction, enrolment or welcome activities)? Call us on:

  • Tel: 0800 048 2484*

*Freephone from both mobiles and landlines

Please note, the hotline will be open from Tuesday 22 August – Friday 22 September, 9.00am 5.00pm.

Welcome Week