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Union of Kingston Students

All students at Kingston University are automatically members of the Union of Kingston Students. Representing you throughout your time at Kingston, the Union aims to provide you with the opportunities and support you need to have the best possible time at university.

It's led by students, for students, and as such it offers you plenty of opportunities to get involved. It's a democratic organisation and is there to represent your voice – whether that is through the course rep system, supporting you on campaigns or simply listening to you throughout the year.

The Union of Kingston Students offers independent advice and support during your time at university. It can also help you to run your own sports clubs and societies. 

Here's a rundown of everything the Union of Kingston Students does.

Student representation

Union of Kingston Students is an independent organisation, which is part-funded by the University. It's the students (you!) who decide on the Union's direction through its election process. You can even help run the Union yourself by standing as a student officer or trustee. You'll get to meet this year's new 2018/19 student officers at the Freshers' Fayre in September; in the meantime you can read their manifestos on the Union's website.

Your course will also be electing course representatives during the first few weeks of term. Whether you're elected or not, it's still easy to be involved in the democratic side of the Union by attending the Big Union Meeting, which is open to all students.

Freshers activities

Along with the University's student support services, Union of Kingston Students run a number of events during Welcome Week – an orientation programme that takes place each September to help you settle in and get to know each other.

This includes the Union's legendary Freshers' Fayre which runs over two days and includes hundreds of stalls giving out freebies as well as a chance to meet loads of sports, societies and student services. The Union also hosts the Freshers' Ball, the biggest student party of the year. Details and prices will be announced nearer the time but to make sure you don't miss out follow the Union on Twitter or like them on Facebook.

Remember: you'll also need to enrol during this week and attend your course inductions, so please try to plan your time wisely, as it will be a busy week!

Societies

Kingston is home to over 90 student-led societies with around 4000 student members, so there's bound to be one that fits with your interests! Learn something new and meet likeminded people. If you can't find the one you want, or want to start something new, then the Union can help get you started by providing funding, training and support. Find out more on the Union of Kingston Students website.

Sports clubs

The Union runs 32 competitive and non-competitive sports clubs ranging from jiu-jitsu to snow sports and around 1500 students that play for Kingston. If you want to make lifelong friends, burn off steam after studying or satisfy your competitive streak, join a team!

For more information, visit the Union website or visit their Facebook page.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to make a positive difference and meet new friends. You can choose to help out on a regular basis in schools, charities and community groups, or take part on the odd occasion in one-off projects. You can even run your own volunteering project with funding and support provided by the Union. Whether you've got bags of time to give or a couple of hours now and then, the Union can help find the right volunteering option for you. Find out more.

Job opportunities

If you're thinking about working part time during your studies, view the Union's current vacancies. They offer part time work that you can complete alongside your studies.

Student support

The Union offers independent advice and support to Kingston University students through its team of professional advisers in the following areas:

  • academic appeals;
  • complaints;
  • academic misconduct;
  • disciplinary issues;
  • notice to quit; and
  • fitness to practice.

Find out more from the Union of Kingston Students website or visit the Freshers' Fayre in September.

Contact us

Kingston University
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Contact us

Kingston University
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

NUS Extra card

NUS Extra is the #1 student discount card. It brings you more than 200 UK student discounts and comes with one-year free International Student Identity Card (ISIC), unlocking more than 42,000 international discounts.

Choose from:

  • a one-year card for just £12;
  • a two-year card for £22; or
  • a three-year card for only £32.

It is perfect for those who are planning on travelling or international students who are heading home out of term time.

Your students' union benefits too with some of the money you pay for your card being invested into our services, activities, clubs and events.

Buying a card

Buying a card couldn't be easier. Once you have your University 'K number' you can purchase it online and either have it sent home or you can collect it for free from the Union reception at Penrhyn Road campus. Find out more.

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