Arrivals and orientation for international students

Airport pick-up service

Arriving in a new country can be exciting, but also a bit overwhelming. This year we understand that you may find it more difficult to plan your arrival and therefore we are offering a flexible pick-up service with an authorised taxi service.

We want to ensure that you can arrive as safely as possible using the taxi service instead of providing a shared shuttle bus. We are subsidising the cost of the taxi, meaning you will only pay a discounted rate of £20 for any journey from Heathrow and Gatwick airport, or £30 from St Pancras International, to the Kingston area.

Details

  • When: 9 September 2020 to 3 January 2021
  • Where: Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport or St Pancras International
  • Booking deadline: Two days before your arrival

How to book

Email booking@zedcarz.co.uk with your name, KU ID number, flight number, date and drop-off address. Quote ‘KingstonUni' to get a discount flat rate of £20 for any journey from Heathrow or Gatwick airports to the Kingston University area or £30 from St Pancras International train station. You can pay the driver either by credit card or cash.

If you are coming from Heathrow or Gatwick, upon arrival at the airport your driver should be in the arrivals hall holding a sign with your name on it. If you are arriving from St Pancras International, your taxi will arrange a pick-up spot.

International arrivals

Guidance for quarantine

We understand that many of our international students are concerned about possible quarantine restrictions once they arrive in the UK. For information on which countries on the government list will require you to quarantine (self-isolate) for 14 days when you arrive in the UK and which ones are exempt please read the latest government guidance.

Living in halls accommodation

If you have booked a place in halls accommodation and are travelling from a country that requires you to quarantine, you'll need to travel immediately to your allocated room and follow the government guidance.

If you are required to self-isolate:

  • Book a subsidised pick-up service with our authorised taxi company from Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport or St. Pancras International train station.
  • You will be taken to your accommodation and given your room key.
  • You should immediately go to your allocated room.
  • There will be a Welcome Information Pack available in your room on arrival with further details about how we will support you during quarantine (including our laundry service, ordering food and other services and support).
  • Please contact your Faculty Student Office upon arrival (contact details can be found in the Welcome Information Pack).
  • You should not have any visitors, including family and friends.
  • You should not leave your accommodation for a period of 14 days (staff in Halls will be able to assist with the purchase of necessities and will support you).
  • If you have to collect your Biometrics Residence Permit (BRP) from the Post Office, you can collect it after 14 days. The Post Office will keep it for you.
  • If you are a national required to register with the Police, please read the updated information on My Kingston.

Find out more about how to self-isolate when you arrive in the UK.

Support for you during quarantine

To ensure your arrival goes smoothly and that you settle into your accommodation as quickly and as comfortably as possible, we will furnish your room with a Bedding and Basic Toiletries Pack, which will include a range of essentials, including duvets and sheets and shower gel.

International students moving into halls accommodation will have received an email outlining the details of this support package. Please note there is a £30 charge for the Bedding and Basic Toiletries Pack which will be automatically added to your student account unless you opt out of this service, which you can do by completing the form within the email.

For more information about the Bedding and Basic Toiletries Pack, contact concierge@kingston.ac.uk.

You will also find a Snack Pack in your room and you'll be able order further food items from the catering team or from nearby shops and eateries.

Moving into private accommodation

If you are moving into private accommodation, you will need to follow the government guidelines on what to do when arriving in the UK and the requirements around quarantine if you need to self-isolate.

International orientation

We have put together lots of great tips and information to help you with settling in at Kingston. Make sure you have access to Canvas, our virtual learning platform, and the Kingston University app so you can view all the online orientation sessions. You can find out more about these platforms on our Welcome page.

International enrolment

Enrolment is when you officially register on your course. This is when you get your student ID card and officially become a Kingston University student. This year we are allowing international students to enrol online before joining us on campus. This is to make sure you can access all of the Welcome and Arrivals information while finalising your travel arrangements.

Online enrolment will open in August and you will receive an email with full instructions on how to enroll through OSIS (Online Student Information System) once your place has been confirmed (e.g. your status changes to unconditional firm). Please complete this as soon as you can.

Last UK arrival and CAS application dates

The date by which you must arrive in the UK will depend on the Faculty you are in.

Faculty of Business and Social Sciences

Degree level Course start date You must arrive in the UK before the following date Last date to request CAS
Undergraduate 14 September 2020 11 December 2020 16 October 2020
Postgraduate 14 September 2020 11 December 2020 16 October 2020

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Degree level CourseCourse start date You must arrive in the UK before the following date
Undergraduate

BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing

BSc(Hons) Adult Nursing

BSc(Hons) Children's Nursing

BA Social Work

BA Primary Teaching

14 September 2020 14 September 2020
Postgraduate  

MSc Adult Nursing

MSc Mental Health Nursing

14 September 2020 14 September 2020
PGCE 7 September 2020 7 September 2020
MSW 7 September 2020 11 September 2020

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing

Degree level Course start date You must arrive in the UK before the following date Last date to request CAS
Undergraduate 14 September 2020 5 October 2020 6 September 2020
Postgraduate 14 September 2020 22 September 2020 25 August 2020

Kingston School of Art

** EU students need to arrive before midnight on Dec 31st 2020 to avoid Brexit/Visa.

Degree level Course start date You must arrive in the UK before the following date** Last date to request CAS
Undergraduate 14 September 2020 3 January 2021** 8 November 2020
Postgraduate 14 September 2020 3 January 2021** 8 November 2020