King's Foundations is based in Bush House, one of our flagship buildings on the Strand Campus and home to the Student's Union, one of our gyms, cafés, the Careers Service and facilities, including King's Business School & the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy. You can find out all about life as a King's student here.
As a King's Foundations student you will also have access to personalised support, social activities and more for your Foundation year. Click the below links to find out more.
We offer guaranteed accommodation* for the duration of your studies with King's Foundations.
King's accommodation is located throughout London and we have over 5,300 places available, plus access to University of London accommodation. The types of accommodation available are:
- Female-only accommodation, where available
- En-suite or shared facilities
- Rooms for singles
- Rooms for students with disabilities
Explore King's residences and find out how you apply here.
*you must apply for a room in King’s Residences by the deadline to be guaranteed a room in a King's residence during your foundation year. This is usually in mid to late May but the exact date will be published on the Residences area of the website.
You will be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of the programme.
A personal tutor is an academic member of staff who will take an active interest in a student's academic progress and university experience, and is concerned for a student's general welfare. You will have regular tutorials together where you will have the opportunity to ask for advice on:
- your studies
- settling into London life
- progression to undergraduate study
If your personal tutor cannot help directly, they will be able to give you advice on who you might want to speak to instead.
The King's Foundations' mission is to help you make the most of your student experience and your new life in London. Your welfare, alongside enriching your learning, is our priority, and we're here to fully support your journey from before arrival to beyond graduation.
King's Foundations dedicated Student Experience team will help you to meet your classmates, participate in extra-curricular activities and settle into life at King's. Some of the actvities you will be able to get involved in are:
- Enrichment activities
- Social events
- Skill-building sessions
The team will also signpost you to wider King's initiatives, activities and King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU) societies that you will have access to from day one.
Our dedicated Faculty Well-being Advisor can support you during your time on the programme. You will be able to book a one-to-one appointment to discuss any challenges you are facing, how they are affecting you, and what support is available for you.
Students can be signposted to further support, such as counselling, mental health support or money and housing advice, and will have access to the full range of support services at King’s.
The King’s Foundations’ Student Experience team will run a programme of events and activity for you to make the most of your time spent at King’s. You will become part of an inclusive and vibrant community with opportunities to engage with fellow students from your pathway and beyond, while exploring London and what it has to offer.
If you are under the age of 18 at the time of enrolment on your chosen King’s International Foundation course or Pre-sessional course, there are a few things that you need to do before you arrive.
If you are under the age of 18, you are considered a ‘child’ under British law (Children Act, 1989). This means that King’s has social, moral and legal obligations to safeguard the wellbeing and safety of ‘children’ involved in any King’s activities.
King’s has a responsibility to keep all students under the age of 18 safe, as part of the King’s Safeguarding policy. As part of this policy, we must ensure that your living arrangements are safe and secure.
You can also read our policy about u18s in King’s Residences here.
As part of the King’s safeguarding policy, students under the age of 18 must either:
1. Live in a King’s Residence
If you choose to live in a King’s Residence, you will be grouped in the same accommodation blocks as other students under 18 years of age. These residences have extra welfare and personal support for you.
All King’s International Foundation students are guaranteed accommodation in a King’s Residence for their International Foundation year. Only if you are still under 18 when you start your first year of undergraduate degree at King’s, you will be guaranteed accommodation in King's Residence. You will need to submit a Parent/Legal Guardian Agreement to Study form U18.
2. Live with a parent or legal guardian
If you choose to live in private accommodation, you will need to provide evidence to King’s that you will be living with a parent or legal guardian. We cannot permit you to live in private accommodation if your parent or legal guardian does not live with you.
If you cannot demonstrate that you will be living with a parent or legal guardian in private accommodation, you must apply for a place in King’s Residences. You will also need to submit a Parent/Legal Guardian Agreement to Study form U18.
Please note: If you don’t wish to stay in a King’s Residence and cannot demonstrate that you will be living with a parent or legal guardian, then it is the responsibility of King’s to withdraw your offer to your chosen King’s International Foundation or Pre-sessional course.
This is because King’s does not act in loco parentis (in the place of a parent) towards its students. Therefore, King’s must be assured of your safety and safeguarding at all times.
If you have any questions, please contact the admissions team.
Here at King’s Foundations, we truly value the importance of student voice. Part of our mission is to listen to and learn from our students to make real changes and improvements to your journey and experience with us.
Student Representatives are leaders empowered to make positive, student-led change within King's; they play a crucial role in ensuring that all students have a voice and an opportunity to provide feedback. Each pathway has a nominated Student Representative, this position is open to all students. The Student Experience Team will keep you up to date with these exciting opportunities.
The Peer Assisted Learning Scheme (PALS) is a great opportunity to arrange an online or on-campus support session with former students who have completed the Foundation Programme and are now studying an undergraduate degree at King’s. PAL Leaders receive specialised training so that they can support you during your King’s International Foundation journey, including academic support and opportunities to ask questions about life in London or continuing your studies at King’s College London.
Student Ambassadors are paid positions for students. Ambassadors help prospective students to understand what it is like to study at King’s by talking to them at on-campus Open Days and online events; being a Unibuddy; conducting campus tours for prospective students and their parents; and more. Look out for adverts for these roles in your first term as King’s Foundations employs at least one Ambassador per pathway.