King’s College London is a diverse community dedicated to advancing knowledge and education. A successful community needs everyone, whether staff, student or visitor, to respect its fundamental values and beliefs. In turn, these translate into a culture where as members of the community are open and honest with each other, work together and where we strive for excellence.
There are great opportunities to meet friends, learn life skills and get all the support you need to transition into independent living, whilst remaining an active member of your community and helping us shape your own surroundings – be that by developing student leadership programmes, such as a Community Facilitator or a KCLSU Hall Leader, or improving our building facilities to build an environment conducive of academic success and general wellbeing. This is what we call student citizenship, and it is underpinned by the following:
It takes a lot to live together. Universities are more diverse now than ever before. Of course, we don't expect you to become best buddies with everyone. You should though, do your best to get along with them and live together happily. So here are the basic ground rules:
- Everyone living in a residence needs to help build an environment of trust and mutual respect, and to treat others as they'd wish to be treated.
- This means never criticising other people on the grounds of their race, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, disability or any other irrelevant distinction. We're proud of our diversity at King's, and we're committed to ensuring the fair, equal treatment of everyone here. When you attend King's, you commit to the same standard.
- If you have any concerns, speak to someone from the Residence team.
The Student Charter sets out the responsibilities we have as members of the King’s Residences community and the expectations that we place upon each other. The Charter will enable students and staff to work in partnership with the aim of supporting all students on their journey to success.
Networking for life (aka making friends)
University life is all about chance meetings - occasionally life-changing meetings - with people and ideas you'd never otherwise come across. So our system for allocating rooms is completely random, based on your room type and price point preferences: everyone receives their room number when they check in. There's no telling where your room will be located or who your neighbour will be. You never know, they might turn out to be your best friend for life.
All our residences are gender neutral and so are most of their corridors, accommodating all genders, from across many King’s departments and years of study.
We do reserve some areas of some residences for single-gender occupancy, and we'll endeavour to find a room there for any student that applies for one. But we're unable to guarantee either availability or that these areas will remain single-gender for the entire year.
So, be prepared to mingle, hobnob and hit it off.
Football. Cycling. Knitting. Karaoke. Interplanetary travel.
Living in a residence is a gilt-edged chance to start finding people from outside your area of study who have similar interests.
If you have an idea for a club or event, whether it's sport, music, hobby or culture-related, suggest it to your Community Facilitator (CF). If the team thinks there's mileage in your proposal, they'll help make it happen. Or, you can volunteer and play a big part in your residence life.
Be Active Hall Programme
The BeActive Halls programme gives all King’s College London halls’ residents exclusive access to weekly sports, fitness and physical activity. Students can enjoy 5-a-side football, yoga, spinning, swimming, tennis, fitness bootcamps, boxfit and much more for FREE. Part of the wider BeActive programme at the university, BeActive Halls is run by fellow students and delivered by King’s Sport.
The aim is simple: to offer fun, weekly social sport and exercise that is quite literally on your doorstep. That is why this term there are over 40 sessions weekly. Every session takes place within walking distance of a halls of residence or King’s campus, and all students living in halls of residence can attend any session at any of the locations, regardless of experience or how sporty you think you are.
How do I get involved?
To attend BeActive Halls sessions, visit our website and scroll down to view our booking widget and book on! If you don’t already have one, you will need to make yourself an OpenPlay account - it’s free and only takes a minute.
Once you’ve done that, just turn up to the session with your King’s College London student ID and you’re ready to play!
Please note: Students opting to live in University of London halls of residence will not be eligible for BeActive Halls but you can buy a membership for just £25 to attend all BeActive Standard sessions all year round.
Become a Residence Associate: recruitment is now closed
Being a Residence Associate (RA) is an opportunity of a lifetime and we encourage you to apply. It is a unique position which will challenge, inspire and motivate you. It also provides financial support for the present and valuable skills and work experience for the future. RAs help build community within the residences by planning educational, academic, social activities, and events; by fostering relationships with residents; and by encouraging campus involvement.
For more information about becoming a Residence Associate click here
Become a Community Facilitator: recruitment is now closed
Working in collaboration with a number of services across the university, CFs act as role models and peers and help to develop communities for students to live and learn in. Being an CF is an exciting and life changing opportunity – you will make friends for life, build an incredible network, enjoy the status of the position (and the popularity!) as well as gaining experience and receiving training that is highly valued by employers.
For more information about becoming a Community Facilitator click here
Become a Residences Welfare Lead: recruitment is now open
Wardens are post-graduate students or full-time employees at King’s College London that choose to work with King’s Residences to deliver on student wellbeing initiatives, covering are range of areas from student welfare and conduct, to building a safe and nurturing environment for all residents. This is a great opportunity for those looking to make a real impact to students that would otherwise find life at uni very hard.
For more information on the role of a Volunteer Residence Welfare Lead click here