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Pre-Arrival Information

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This page is designed to provide you with all the pre-arrival information you need in order to feel prepared for the start of the Pre-University Summer School. We will be updating this page on a regular basis when we have more information to share with you, so please do check back to avoid missing important information. 

Once you have completed online enrolment, you will have access to the summer school handbook, also accessible from your KEATS programme pages. You will find useful information about your programme, your time in London and a checklist of things to prepare beforehand.

Preparation for your first day and enrolment

On the first day all Pre-University Summer School students will attend an information session, finish enrolment, pick up their ID card and attend their first class.

In preparation for this, you will need to ensure that you have all the required documents with you, have finalised all your travel arrangements and know what you need to do when entering the UK. Below we have outlined what you will need as well as the times of your enrolment and welcome talks.  

Please note to collect your ID card you will need to show:

  • UK/EU/EEA/Swiss Passport holders - Please bring your passport, driving license or National Identity card.

  • Non-UK/EU/EEA/Swiss Passport holders - You will need to bring your passport with your visa in order to complete your enrolment at King’s College London, unfortunately we are not able to accept other forms of photographic ID.

  • A note of your student number: It's the 7 digit number included in the subject field of the email sent to you by the Welcome team inviting you to complete the online enrolment task

  • Your Boarding Pass or a copy of your e-ticket

Please see your course registration time and location for session two here.

The welcome team has provided instructions on how to set up your IT account, and how to complete online enrolment through student records. You will need to use your King’s email when you enrol – instructions on how to access it can be found here. Further information about this process can be found here. Please note that you do not need to download the Welcome to King’s app or book an enrolment time.

Important Travel Information

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. 

As your UK study programme is fewer than 6 months, you will need a short-term study stamp in your passport. On arrival in the UK, you must see a Border Force officer who can stamp your passport at the airport or other point of entry. Nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea or the USA. DO NOT use an eGate to exit Border Control without the short-term study stamp.      

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). 

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.

We aim to ensure students have a safe and enriching experience while they are with us. Important information about how we provide this and how students are expected to behave can be found on this page.

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When you enrol, you can download the King's Mobile app which provides you key useful information and links to services at King's.


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