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Life on campus

The Shack - Cafe

There is more to being a student at King's than formal academic learning. From chill out spots to gyms, cafes to bars with games and sports nights, there are a range of opportunities to meet new people, get active and grab some food and drink to relax in between lectures. 

King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU)

KCLSU offers four fantastic venues to meet with friends, chill out and have some great food and drink. Students own the Union venues, which means anything you spend goes back into services for you and your peers.

Strand and Guy’s campuses are home to KCLSU’s cafes and bars. The Shack, in Strand’s Bush House, and The Shed on Guy’s campus both serve hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, pastries and their signature brownies. They also have gluten free, vegetarian and vegan snacks on the menu, so there’s plenty to choose from.

On the lower ground floor of Bush House, you will find The Vault, a Union bar that operates as a restaurant during the day, offering hot food including their renowned curly fries. Guy’s Bar is located on the floor below The Shed and was established in 1882, making it our oldest student bar, restaurant and night club. You can expect a wide variety of events at the bars, from games like quizzes and bingo to sports nights.

When you just need a break, head to The Meadow on the 8th floor of Bush House and the IoPPN building on Denmark Hill campus. The Meadow is full of beanbags where you can have some well-earned rest, while at Denmark Hill there is a TV for plugging in your console to play games. There are also several free water refill points on campus to keep you hydrated.

To find out more about venues on different campuses, please visit the KCLSU website and intranet pages.

King’s Food

a busy canteen filled with students

King’s Food are proud to be one of the leading food and drink providers in the university catering industry, operating 20 outlets across four campuses. Our chefs come from all over the world with 33 different nationalities, bringing an unparalleled range of flavours and cooking styles.

We are a fairtrade accredited university and are proud that our chefs were awarded an 80% Food Made Good Rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Outlets serve breakfast, lunch and all the snacks you need in-between and offer a wide range of food choices, including halal, gluten free and vegan options. On Strand Campus, they actually have a 100% plant-based café, Roots, situated on the 8th floor of Bush House centre block, and Beyond Meat specials at The Terrace café in Macadam Building.

Want to experience King’s Food at home? Check out the team’s own recipe book. From breakfast to dinner, the book features student favourites and recipes from our chefs inspired by their own hometowns from across the globe.

For the next few months, you can enjoy different events such as Taco Day and special sweets and cakes for Halloween in October, as well as a delicious Christmas lunch to get in the festive spirit.

There are also a range of opportunities to engage with King’s Food team. To keep updated with upcoming events and promotions, follow their socials on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

King's Sport & Wellness

a woman in a gym lifts a barbell while being spotted by a personal trainer

King's Sport & Wellness delivers a range of opportunities for students to get involved in sport and physical activity.

There are on campus gyms at Strand and London Bridge, as well as a Clinic that offers holistic wellness workshops at Waterloo. They also offer a social and recreational activity programme called BeActive, offering over 50 sessions a week during term time.

Get points and rewards for being active with their free app King’s Move. You can then redeem your points for rewards such as a hot drink from King’s Food, a King’s Sport day pass or a King’s Move hoody.

Want to win a King;s Sport membership? Well the team are currently giving one student the opportunity to win an annual membership at one of their gyms! Sign up to their mailing list to be in the chance of winning. The winner will announced at the end of September 2022.

Connect with the team on Instagram and stay informed about exclusive events.

Chaplaincy and Maughan Library

A student chats with a King's Chaplain

The Chaplaincy is an inclusive, welcoming resource for all King’s students, of all faiths and none. Chaplains are public figures in the university, working to support you and your wellbeing by offering pastoral support, prayer and opportunities throughout the academic year.

There is a Chaplaincy on every campus and King's has two historic chapels, the College Chapel on Strand Campus and the Chapel of Thomas Guy on Guy's Campus. There are also rooms for prayer and reflection on each campus. 

If you would like to make an appointment with your individual campus chaplains, please visit the Chaplaincy webpages or email chaplaincy@kcl.ac.uk.

Recharge your batteries in the Maughan Library with the Wellbeing Room, located in room 2.24. The space has comfy bean bags for you to take a break, relax your mind and find new inspiration.