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Once you have applied to Kingston University, your application will be processed by us. We will look at your grades, as well as your personal statement, before deciding to offer you a place. For some courses (mainly art/ design or health/education courses) we may interview you too.

If we offer you a place this will either be conditional (which means you must fulfil certain criteria before you can be accepted on to the course eg exam results) or unconditional (you have already satisfied the criteria and can attend the course).

Helpful things to know

Money and student finance

The Money Movement is Kingston's community to help you to keep more money in your pocket and save on your preparation for university expenses. We won't tell you how to spend but we will be the helpful friend who offers advice on how to make an unexpected extra saving, cook a delicious cheap meal or find fun things to do for free!

On top of this, we run fun themed events and giveaways throughout the year which are free for all students to attend. Don't delay, join the Money Movement today!

Find us on Facebook at Tweet us at @KUMoneyMovement

  • Financial support – make sure you've contacted your funding authority (eg if you live in England, this will be Student Finance England) to apply for a tuition fee loan, maintenance loan and any other support that you may be eligible for. Make sure that, if you're applying for a tuition and/or maintenance loan, you've completed the declaration form and returned it as no declaration means no money! Find out more about fees and funding.
  • If you're an international student, you will need to pay 50% of tuition fees on or before enrolment.
  • Sponsored fees – if a sponsor is paying your fees, send any sponsor letters or purchase orders from sponsors to Credit Control prior to enrolment if possible, quoting your Kingston University ID number.
  • Fee payment system – make sure you understand this by reading our Money Matters booklet.
  • Budgeting and working – For everyday budgeting, the Money Movement can help you to spend less than you have to. Check out our section on planning a budget. The NUS website also has useful tips and a budget calculator. Having a part-time job can help boost your income, and our careers service, KU Talent, can help you to find work as a student with us.

Extra support

Compact Scheme logo

The Compact Scheme aims to support the transition and success of students from a variety of backgrounds. It provides access to a Kingston University bursary of £2,000 for Compact Scheme students who meet additional criteria. The Compact Scheme includes a free pre-enrolment summer school, inclusive welcome events and on course life and study skills sessions, as well as a single point of contact from application through to graduation.

KU Cares logo

KU Cares is a support package for care leavers, care experienced students, those who are irreconcilably estranged from their family and young adult carers. The support includes advocacy and pastoral support through a designated member of staff, a service which can be accessed from application stage, for the duration of your course through to post-graduation.  Under KU Cares you will have access to the KU Cares bursary of £1,500 per academic year (conditions apply); be given priority for University-managed accommodation and paid employment opportunities; and be given help to develop your CV. If you think that you are eligible for KU Cares please email us.

Disability support

Students with a disability (such as a learning difference/mental health difficulty/long term health condition/any other disability) can apply for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). Most home-fee paying students are eligible to apply. Our disability advisers are able to provide you with guidance and information on applying for DSA.

Getting DSA, does not affect your student loan, is not repayable or income-tested, and could provide the following support for your studies.

  • A laptop/PC
  • Printer/scanner
  • Specialist software
  • Tutoring/mentoring
  • Digital recorder
  • Equipment and software training
  • Small budget to reclaim photocopying/printing costs

Find out more information on the Disabled Students' Allowance. You will need to submit medical evidence of your condition(s) when applying for this support. If you are an overseas student you are unlikely to be able to apply, so please call us to seek guidance on funding for support.

Please be aware you will be asked to make a £200 contribution to any DSA equipment used, though you can be reimbursed for this if you enrol as a student at Kingston. Please discuss this with the disability team when you start in September.

If you are not eligible for DSA, please contact us to find out about other funding that may be available to you. 

Looking ahead


  • Booking fee – if you decide to book a room in halls, you'll need to pay a booking fee of £300 to secure your room.
  • Moving-in – if you have a place in halls, we'll be contacting you before the start of term, so keep an eye on your emails. International students are able to move in at the beginning of the International Arrivals and Orientation week.
  • What to bring – make sure you know what to bring. Some things are already provided in our halls.
  • What can you cook – check out the Student Recipes website for ideas and cooking tips.
  • Budgeting – consider your budget and put together a weekly/monthly budget plan. You might want to look on websites like Student Money Saver or Money Saving Expert for more tips!
  • Let people know – inform your GP practice, friends and family of your new address. You might also need to let your bank, DVLA and HMRC know.
  • Facebook – join the relevant Facebook group for your halls; this will be a great way to meet the people you'll be living with before you move in!
  • Halls' Welcome and Induction – be sure to attend events which are organised when you move into halls, and meet your Halls Connectors!
  • Halls' licence – take time to read through your halls' licence terms and conditions carefully; once you have a booked a room this is sent through to you via email.


  • Check out our journey planner to see the routes open to you when travelling by public transport, bike, car or foot. Keep updated with journey alerts from Transport for London and the AA. Remember, public transport in London is now contactless.
  • Your route to campus - make sure you know how to get here, and what your alternative options are if your normal route is disrupted.
  • If you're an international student, don't forget to book your free airport pick-up.


  • Discuss vaccinations with your GP – Public Health England has recently issued new guidance about the meningitis vaccination. We recommend that you contact your GP for advice before arriving at university.
  • We also recommend that you contact your GP regarding the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination if you have not already had it. This vaccination is usually given as a baby, with the final pre-school booster aged 3yrs.

Union of Kingston Students sports clubs and societies

During Welcome Week you'll find out more about student life and the range of options and support available. You might want to start thinking about which sports clubs and societies you might want to join.

  • Sports clubs – joining a sports club is a great way to meet new people, as well as being part of something you feel passionate about. To find out more about which sports are available, visit the Union of Kingston Students website.
  • Fitness Centre – located at our Penrhyn Road campus, the More Energy Fitness Centre has a large gym and a range of classes available.
  • Societies – we're proud to offer Kingston students a choice of over 100 societies. From anime to cake making, entrepreneurship to pharmacy, and street theatre to wine, there's bound to be something that you'll want to get involved with!  Visit the Union of Kingston Students website for a full list of societies.
  • If you're interested in joining a sport or society, come along to our Freshers' Fayre where you can meet most sports clubs and societies and sign up straight away. To find out more about Freshers' Fayre visit our dedicated Facebook event page.

Contact us

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

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