Welcome to Kingston University!

Welcome and Induction Week is just the start of getting you settled into Kingston University. When you join us there will be activities to help you settle into life as a Kingston student, meet new friends and get ready for your studies. The majority of these will be online and many will be made on-demand so you are able to do them at your own pace.

During Welcome and Induction you'll be introduced to your course and Faculty, some of the support services available to you and we'll provide you with the practical information you need to know before you begin your studies.

Your Welcome and Induction

Monday 11 to Friday 15 January 2021

For most students, Welcome and Induction will take place between Monday 11 and Friday 15 January 2021. However, our series of welcome events will run until the end of January.

What does Welcome and Induction involve?

There are three elements to Welcome and Induction which are essential to give you the best start to your new life at Kingston. They are:

Welcome to Kingston online module

Our Welcome to Kingston online module will give you an introduction to the support services available to you while you are a Kingston student.

You can access the online module on Canvas, our virtual online learning environment, via the module links below as long as you have completed your enrolment.*

The module will be on-demand so you can access it at your own pace and at whatever time of day suits you. Once you log into Canvas you'll see the link to the module on your home page.

Find out more about what our Welcome to Kingston module includes.

*Postgraduate students who have the status unconditional firm will be invited to complete their online Enrolment from Monday 30 November – remember to keep an eye out for these important emails.

Virtual Welcome activities

Your Welcome activities consist of a short programme of events to introduce you to some of the opportunities you'll have as a Kingston student. Most importantly, they'll help you settle in to life at Kingston and give you the opportunity to meet new people.

Virtual Welcome events programme

The Welcome programme is made up of live, interactive online, events designed for you to experience the best of Kingston student life.

You will be able to view all your Welcome events now, but you won't be able to book them until you have completed your online Enrolment. Some events will be recorded so you can access them on-demand after the event.

Find out more about your Welcome activities.

Course induction

Your course induction is a schedule of sessions designed to give you the best start at Kingston University. The induction schedules are unique to your course and will give you the opportunity to get to know your faculty and subject.

You will be able to view your course induction on the KU Welcome profile of the Kingston University App (search "Kingston University" in your phone's app store) from the week commencing Monday 7 December 2020.

Your Digital Tool Kit

To ensure you're ready for your Welcome and Induction activities, make sure you have access to the online platforms where the events are taking place – Canvas and KUextra. You'll also use these a lot as a student so it's definitely worth having a look around them now.


Canvas is Kingston University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is used by staff and students to support your modules and courses. You can access it by searching Canvas on your app store. Our Kingston University app will also prompt you to download the Canvas app if it is not already installed on your mobile device.

Please note: you can only access Canvas once you have completed your online Enrolment.

How to get Canvas

When the app is installed on your device:

  1. Enter 'Kingston University' in the 'Find your school or district' text box.
  2. Select the 'Kingston University' link that appears
  3. Type in your Kingston University username followed by @kingston.ac.uk (eg. K123456@kingston.ac.uk) and password into the login box which you have received in your enrolment information emails and used to access OSIS.


KUextra provides a wide range of activities, events and opportunities outside of the classroom that will benefit you personally and academically – from arts and languages, social and sports groups, to academic and careers support.

How to get KUextra

Explore upcoming events via the KUextra website or through the Kingston University app. You can access KUextra using the same login information as Canvas and OSIS – your Kingston University username followed by @kingston.ac.uk (eg. K123456@kingston.ac.uk) and your password.

Kingston University app

The KU mobile app allows you to access key information and services that will be useful for your academic, co-curricular and social activities. The app also keeps you up-to-date with important information and messages.

How to get the Kingston University app

You can download the app by searching Kingston University on your app store. Once downloaded, enter your Kingston University username, eg. K123456, and your password to access the app.

My Kingston

My Kingston is our intranet for students. It contains a wide range of useful information about life at the University. The site contains the latest Kingston news, information about your faculty, your timetable, the Library, Students' Union, accommodation and a range of resources and support services.

How to access My Kingston

You can access My Kingston using the same login information as Canvas and OSIS – your Kingston University username followed by @kingston.ac.uk (eg. K123456@kingston.ac.uk) and your password.