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Pre-Arrival Information


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 Undergraduate 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.

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 this website 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. 

First day and enrolment

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

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

Please see your enrolment and welcome talk times for session one here. Information for session two will be available soon.

Please contact welcome@kcl.ac.uk if you have any questions regarding enrolment and use these instructions to help with online enrolment tasks.


Expenses and module excursions

We recommend that you bring about £100 with you to cover your immediate needs for the first few days. 

The budget for the duration of the Summer School may vary from student to student. Please do take into consideration costs for food, transport and any additional activities and trips you may wish to take whilst in London. If you need any guidance on how to save money whilst at King's, visit the Student Services Money Advice webpage. 

Many modules will include excursions relevant to each subject area to broaden the student learning experience. Please note that some module excursions may incur additional costs and these will be confirmed with students in advance.

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 central London from the main airports in this useful guide.

Safety in London

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. Try to know where you are going and how you will travel back and keep details of your accommodation on your person.

Be vigilant and aware, especially late at night and if you're drinking. Never leave your bags unattended in public and keep your money and important documents safe.

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. For more information on safety in London click here.

Mobile app

Once you have enrolled, 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.

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Next steps

View a prospectus

Learn more about the degree programmes on offer at King's. Download or view a prospectus in PDF format.

Undergraduate prospectus

Postgraduate guide