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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. This information is relevant to the 2018 programmes. Updated information for the 2019 programmes will be available soon.

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

Emails you'll receive from us

1. Module confirmation email 

Students who are offered a place on the Undergraduate Summer School are provisionally enrolled on their preferred module. If your preferred module is full we will contact you to ask you to choose an alternative module. At the beginning of June, students who have paid their fees will receive an email with their module confirmation. This email will also confirm the timings of your class on the first day. 

2. Accommodation confirmation email 

This email will confirm which accommodation students have been allocated and information about arrival and check in times. 

3. Enrolment and IT activation email 

Prior to the start of your programme you will receive an email with instructions about how to activate your IT account and complete the online enrolment process. Please ensure you read the information carefully and complete each step prior to your arrival. If the process has not been completed this will delay the final stage of enrolment on the first day of the programme. 

Please contact welcome@kcl.ac.uk if you do not receive this email by three weeks before the start of your programme and if you have experience any difficulties. 

4. First day instructions email  

One week before the start of your course you will be sent an email with detailed information about the first day of the Summer School.

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. 

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 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.

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 or monthly 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. 

Alternatively, you can pay with your contactless bank card.

Find out more about getting around London here

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

Classes for the summer school are either in the morning or afternoon, leaving you with free evenings and weekends to take part in our exciting social and sports programme

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.

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