We want you to feel prepared for the start of Pre-University Summer School. We will update this page regularly so please check back to avoid missing important information.
Visas & visa support letters
Many of our students will require a Short Term Study Visa to study on a Summer Programmes course in the UK. We recommend that all students read this visa information guide and visit the governments study visa webpages to find out what they need to apply for and when. All students will be issued with a Short Term Study Visa support letter upon confirmation of their place on their chosen programme. This letter can be used to support visa applications or can be shown to immigration upon arrival into the UK.
Please keep a copy of your Short Term student visa letter in your hand luggage prior to travelling and present this with your passport at the UK Border.
Expenses and social activities
The budget for the duration of the Summer School may vary from student to student. This will depend on where you eat, snacks you purchase, shopping or any other costed activities you may wish to do when in London. We do recommend that you have access to funds in case of an emergency.
Travel costs are not included. Whilst our residences are within walking distance of our main campuses and central London landmarks, the use of public transport may be required for some academic excursions. Students are expected to budget for this and to have the appropriate ticket or travel card to be able to use the local buses, trains or tube. More information on getting around London can be found below.
Those who are booked onto the residential packages will be provided with a daily meal allowance for breakfast and lunch during the week and breakfast only on the weekend. The residential packages also include all basic social programme activities (eg. Welcome dinner, icebreaker challenge, optional evening activities).
Additional weekend and evening excursions will be available to purchase. In the past these have included a day trip to Oxford and a theatre show in London’s famous West End. For more details, please visit our social and sports programme.
Getting from the airport
For those students arriving to London by plane, there are a number of different options that you can choose from to get to King's. Please find detailed information about how to get to the Stamford Street Apartments from the many London airports in this useful guide.
If students do not wish to travel to King's via public transport airport taxis are available. Information can be found on individual airport websites.
Before arrival students will be provided with telephone numbers of the Summer Programmes team and will also be asked to provide details of their estimated arrival time to London.
Safety in London
The safety, security, and overall well-being of our students is of utmost priority. We implement a variety of measures to ensure our students are well cared for and safe at all times. This is especially important due to the central London location of the Summer School. These measures include 24-hour programme staffing throughout, on site residential Pre-University Summer School student ambassadors (with a maximum 1:16 staff to student ratio) and 24-hour security. For students booked onto the Under 18 residential package there is also a sign out procedure and nightly curfew times, strict adherence to single-sex accommodation areas and zero tolerance for alcohol use by any student.
There will be times during the programme, both during the day and evening, where students may be unsupervised, especially if they choose to opt out of any optional activities. However, all students will be provided with contact details for their assigned ambassador and the Summer Programmes team to ensure they can always reach a member of staff. We also recommend that students should always be in a group of three or more when exploring London without supervision.
For a major city London is pretty safe, but it is always good to be aware of your surroundings. When you're out and about in the city be responsible. Know where you are going and how you will travel back and keep details of your accommodation on you.
If there is a fire alarm please obey all instructions from fire wardens and meet at the designated meeting points. If you do have any concerns about safety please contact us directly. Find out more about safety in London.
Travelling around London
Getting around London can be confusing at times. The Transport for London (TfL) network is huge and is comprised of the London Underground (colloquially known as the 'Tube'), buses, trains, river transport, trams and even a cable car.
Most Londoners get what is known as an Oyster card as this is cheaper than buying single tickets for every journey. You can use this by topping it up with money and paying for journeys individually or, if you're travelling around London regularly (i.e. you're using public transport most days) then you can buy a weekly, monthly or annual travelcard and upload it to your Oyster card.
Oyster cards work on most forms of London transport, though fares are higher for riverboat services and the Emirates cable car. They should also work on local train services within the London area. Many people cycle in London, and you can now hire what the locals call 'Boris Bikes' for a small fee. You need to be careful if you cycle in London that you take safety precautions, and ensure that your bicycle is secure.
We found this light-hearted, useful guide to using the London Underground, which you might find helpful.
Welfare, advice and counselling
King's has a dedicated and trained team of welfare, counselling and support staff who are available for students during the programme. This team can provide impartial and confidential support to the students if needed, whether this is for general support, advice or any particular issues that arise during the Summer School. Find out more on our Student Services webpages.
Things to do in London
There is a whole host of things to see, do and eat whilst in London. Tune in to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram each week for tips on where to get the best coffee in the city, free places to visit in the city and where to grab a cheap eat around London.
When you enrol, you can download the King's Mobile app which provides you with information about accommodation, social and sports activities, advice and tips on your stay in London, as well as FAQs.