Essential Guide for
2 Contents 3
International Student Advisory Centre (ISAC) 6
Registering with the police 10
How do I open a UK bank account? 12
Obtaining a National Insurance number 14
Food shopping 16
Student travel 22
Sightseeing and days out 26
Kingston University contacts 30
Important dates for 2009/2010 34
4 Welcome 5
Welcome to Kingston University!
To help you settle into University life, we have prepared this Essential Guide.
The guide has lots of helpful information on Kingston and the local area, travel,
shopping, restaurants, bank accounts and much more.
If you can’t find the information you need, we have a number of specialist
teams who are always happy to help (see below). We hope you find your time
at Kingston enjoyable and wish you the best of luck with your studies!
International Student Advisory Centre International Events Team
(ISAC) We organise a range of events, activities and
We have specialist advisors who can help you trips throughout the year for international
with a range of areas, including immigration, students. To find out more visit our Facebook
travelling abroad and working in the UK. page (enter ‘InternationalEvents
For more information, see page 6. KingstonUniversity’ in the Facebook friend
finder) or email us your views, suggestions and
Study Abroad Team queries at: email@example.com
We organise semester- and yearlong exchanges
for international students who wish to study in a
country outside of Europe as part of their
course. To find out more, email:
We help students who are interested in studying
in another European country as part of their
course. To find out more, email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
studies>Study or work abroad>Study
6 International Student Advisory Centre (ISAC) 7
Our advisors are qualified to give you specialist immigration and visa advice as well Submitting your application to the
as advice on more general issues. Home Office
You can do this in three ways:
We can advise you on: What to do if you need to extend • Through the University using the Student
• Immigration matters, eg extending student visas your visa: Batch Scheme (see below)
If you need to extend your student visa you • By recorded or special delivery through the
• Travelling abroad
must apply under Tier 4 of the points-based Post Office
• Working in the UK – both during your studies system. Start preparing to apply for an extension
• In person at a Public Enquiry Office (to find out
and when you complete your course (including at least six weeks before your visa expires. To
more, visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/
the Post Study Work (PSW) scheme) find the correct form, follow these four steps:
• General well-being Step 1: Visit the Home Office website:
www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/ What is the Student Batch Scheme?
We produce a newsletter once a semester,
which is available on the international pages of Under the Student Batch Scheme the University
StudentSpace. The newsletter includes information Step 2: Download the application form. Check can submit your visa extension application for
on international student events and updates you the guidance for photographs. Please also read you. This means that if there are any problems
on important changes in immigration law. Look the ‘Quick guide for adult students’: with your application, the University can liaise
out for our next publication in February. www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/studyingintheuk/ directly with the Home Office on your behalf. To
quickguideforstudent/adultstudents use this scheme you must first follow steps 1–4
Contact us: Step 3: You will need to send a visa letter with (see left). You must then contact ISAC to make
your application form. To obtain the visa letter an appointment with an advisor (at least four
International Student Advisory Centre
contact your Faculty Office. weeks before your visa expires). Applications
normally take between four to six weeks to
Step 4: Collect your visa letter from Applicant process, however complex applications may
Services at Cooper House. Applicant Services take up to 13 weeks.
53–57 High Street
will telephone or email you when your letter is
Kingston upon Thames Please note: during busy periods it may not be
ready for collection.
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You must follow steps 1–4 above before making
T: 020 8417 3645
an appointment with an ISAC advisor. The ISAC
advisor will check your application and answer
any questions you have.
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Travelling abroad Travelling to other European
If you decide to travel outside the UK while countries
studying here, you will need to check the visa If you would like to travel to other countries
requirements of the country or countries you are within Europe then you may need to apply for a
travelling to. Schengen visa.
To do this, visit the Embassy website of the
country you are planning to travel to. (We advise What is a Schengen visa?
you not to telephone the Embassies as the A Schengen visa allows you to travel to up to
telephone lines are often expensive and have 24 European countries using only one visa.
recorded information only.) The 24 countries are:
For a list of foreign Embassies in the UK and Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark,
their websites, visit: Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-the-fco/what-we-do/ Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania,
building-strong-relationships-ol/foreign- Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
embassy-uk/?l=E Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.
DO NOT TRAVEL if your UK student visa will To find out more about the Schengen visa, visit
expire when you are abroad, as it may be the International pages on StudentSpace.
impossible to get back into the UK. Also,
remember that some countries require you to
have a certain length of stay left on your visa.
10 Registering with the police 11
A small percentage of international students will Once you have registered with the police, you
need to register with the police within seven will get a Police Registration Certificate. You
days of their arrival in the UK*. To find out if you should keep this in a safe place along with your
need to register, check your visa status on your passport or identity card. You will need to inform
passport or identity card. If you need to register the police every time you change your address
with the police, you will need: and each time you are granted an extension of
stay in the UK.
• your passport or identity card;
If you lose your Police Registration Certificate, you
• two recent passport-size photographs;
must report this to your nearest police station:
• Home Office letters or work permits if www.met.police.uk/kingston
Please note that failure to register with the police
• £34 for the registration fee (please bring exact is a criminal offence.
money or credit card).
*This requirement is only applicable to students from these
You should register at: countries who have received a visa with the wording
The Overseas Visitor Record Office instructing them to register with the police within 7 days of
Brandon House arrival: Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan,
180 Borough High Street Bahrain, Belarus, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt,
London SE1 1LH Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait,
Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, North Korea, Oman,
T: 020 7230 1208
Palestine, Peru, Qatar, Russia (including Chechnya), Saudi
Open: Mon–Fri, 09.00–16.00
Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey,
Staff will accompany you for police registration Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
during the International Welcome & Orientation and Yemen. If you are uncertain whether you need to
week. For more information, email: register, please contact an ISAC advisor.
12 How do I open a UK bank account? 13
Most international students can open a ‘basic bank account’. A basic bank account Banks in Kingston and the local area
allows you to pay money in and take money out. You are normally provided with a Abbey
bank card to withdraw your money from cashpoints. Basic bank accounts do not • 59 Eden Street, Kingston upon Thames,
offer students any credit, so you will not be given an overdraft facility, chequebook Surrey KT1 1DH
or credit card. • 12 Victoria Road, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 4JW
Some banks will offer international students • 6 Clarence Street, Kingston upon Thames,
other types of accounts that offer more flexibility Helpful hints Surrey KT1 1NY
than a basic bank account. These accounts may
• If you want an account based on sharia HSBC
offer some limited credit facilities like an
(Islamic law) principles, check banks’ • 54 Clarence St, Kingston upon Thames,
overdraft, but make sure you check with the
websites and publicity materials. Surrey KT1 1NP
bank if they will charge you for this.
• You may be able to prevent tax being • 90 Eden Street, Kingston upon Thames,
You will need to consider the different banks and
deducted from interest paid to your account Surrey KT1 1DJ
decide which one is best for you. You will then
– ask your bank or building society for form
need to find out what documentation that bank • 1 Victoria Road, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 4LF
R105 when you open your account.
requires (all banks have different requirements).
Many banks require evidence of your identity, • Once you have opened a bank account in
• 5 Market Place, Kingston upon Thames,
your address in the UK and also confirmation of the UK, always inform your bank as soon
Surrey KT1 1JX
your overseas address. You may need a letter as possible if you change your address.
from Kingston University to confirm these details. Also, let them know if you are leaving the • 10 Victoria Road, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 4JY
For more information, contact your faculty office. UK for a long time, eg the summer holiday
You will be able to meet representatives from
– as sometimes if an account has not been
Note: It can take several weeks to open a bank NatWest and HSBC at the International Welcome
used for a long time the bank will close it.
account. Centre on the following days:
• Wednesday 16 September, 14.00–18.00
• Friday 18 September, 09.00–13.00
The bank representatives will be able to help you
open a bank account and give you information
and advice on the services they provide.
14 Obtaining a National Insurance number 15
National Insurance is a type of taxation. If you are planning to do paid work while in
the UK, you will need to apply for a National Insurance number.
What is a National Insurance number? How do I obtain a National Insurance
Your National Insurance number is your unique number?
personal number used to record your National To apply for a National Insurance number, make
Insurance contributions. You are the only person an appointment by telephoning 0845 600 0643,
allowed to use that number. Monday to Friday, between 08.00–18.00.
(Note: this number is very busy, you may have to
keep trying to get through.) The appointment will
take place at your local Jobcentre Plus office,
which you can find at:
When you make the appointment, ask which
documents you should bring with you. Generally,
you will need your passport or identity card and
either payslips or a letter from your employer
confirming that you are working for them. At the
appointment, you will be asked to fill in a form
and you will be given a letter for your employer,
confirming that you have applied for a National
Note: you do not need to have your National
Insurance number before you start work.
16 Food shopping 17
Here is a list of supermarkets in the Kingston area where you can buy fresh food, Specialist food shops
vegetables and fruit. Asian & Continental Grocer Holland & Barrett health food shop
396A Ewell Road, Surbiton 12–13 Apple Market, Kingston
T: 020 8399 4488 T: 020 8541 1378
Sells food from around the world, Sells many vegetarian and vegan products.
31 Roehampton Vale New Malden
including halal meat.
Open: 24 hours Tue–Fri Open: 24 hours Mon–Sat Kosher food shops
Mon, 07.30–24.00 Sun, 10.00–16.00 Bizzi B’s • Tesco, New Malden
Sat, 12.00–22.00 www.tesco.com 61 Surbiton Road • Sainsbury’s, Surbiton
Sun, 11.00–17.00 T: 020 8546 3202 • Waitrose, Surbiton
www.bestbiltong.com For contact details, see left.
ASDA (smaller store) John Lewis, Wood Street, Kingston
Sells South African and Zimbabwean food.
142 London Road Open: Mon–Wed, 09.00–19.00 Moroccan Cuisine food stall
Open: Mon–Sat, 08.00–20.00 Thurs–Fri, 08.30–21.00 Chinese superstore Kingston Market, Market Place
Sun, 10.00–16.00 Sat, 08.30–19.00 544 Purley Way, Croydon
www.asda.co.uk Sun, 11.00–17.00 Take bus 213 from Kingston (45 mins
Sainsbury’s Claremont Road, Surbiton
• 53 Eden Walk, Kingston Open: Mon–Wed, 09.00–19.00
• 50–58 Victoria Road, Surbiton Thurs–Fri, 08.30–21.00 Food for Thought
• 105 Lower Richmond Road, Kingston Sat, 08.30–20.00 38 Market Place, Kingston
Open: Mon–Sat, 08.00–22.00 Sun, 10.00–16.00 Sells vegetarian food.
Sun, 11.00–17.00 www.waitrose.com
Halal meat shops
• Murdan Shop
Somerfield Situated in the market place in the centre of 65 Crescent Road, Kingston Hill Asda, Sainsbury’s, Somerfield and Tesco
New Malden Kingston, Kingston Market has stalls selling T: 020 8549 9223 supermarkets sell a range of products and
Open: Mon–Sat, 08.00–20.30 fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and eggs. • Halal Meat Store are in the cheaper to mid-price range.
Sun, 10.00–16.00 349 West Barnes Lane, New Malden
The food here is often cheaper than in the Waitrose supermarkets sell a variety of
www.somerfield.co.uk T: 020 8949 3748
supermarket. products, many of them high quality and
• Surrey Halal Meat
At certain times of year there are also special 131 Kingston Road, New Malden specialist. They are usually more expensive.
markets, such as French and German markets. T: 020 8942 5054 Food markets are great places to buy fresh,
local food and are usually cheaper than most
18 Restaurants 19
London has a huge number of restaurants specialising in food from all over the world.
Here are some of the restaurants that Kingston has to offer.
Cammasan Monty’s Tandoori Restaurant Satori Sushi
Charter Quay, High Street, 53 Fife Road, Kingston Rotunda, Kingston
Kingston T: 020 8546 1724 T: 020 8546 5533
T: 020 8549 3510 Indian restaurant Japanese cuisine and sushi bar
Nando’s TGI Fridays
Frere Jacques 37–38 High Street, Kingston Bentalls Centre, Kingston
10–12 Riverside Walk, T: 020 8296 9540 T: 020 8547 2900
Kingston Portugese-style chicken American-style restaurant
T: 020 8546 1332 www.nandos.co.uk
The New Grecian 18 High Street, Kingston
50 Richmond Road, Kingston T: 020 8546 1117
Gourmet Burger Kitchen GBK T: 020 8546 0620 Asian noodle restaurant
42–46 High Street, Kingston Greek restaurant www.wagamama.com
T: 020 8546 1649
Homemade burgers and
11 Richmond Road, Kingston
T: 020 8547 3432
Jamie’s Italian www.patchareethai.com
19–23 High Street, Kingston
T: 0208 912 0110
High Street, Kingston
T: 020 8546 7992
La Tasca www.rsveg.plus.com
52 High Street, Kingston
T: 020 8439 1002
www.latasca.co.uk Chef Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant
• For some restaurants it is a good idea to make a
reservation, especially if you are going in a large
• Don’t be afraid to ask the average price of a meal.
• Check beforehand whether the restaurant
accepts credit/debit cards if you plan to use one.
• If you would like a vegetarian meal or halal meat,
check before booking. Vegetarian food is often
marked on the menu with a ‘(v)’.
• Check whether the service charge (or ‘tip’) is
included in the bill. This should be displayed on
the menu or bill. If it isn’t included, an average
suitable tip is about 10% of the total price.
• If you have a disability, it is a good idea to check
in advance if the restaurant has suitable facilities
• This is a great website where you can find
discount vouchers for different restaurants:
PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID LOFTUS
• Time Out website gives advice and reviews on a
the best places to eat in London, including
cheap, mid-range and expensive restaurants,
specialising in all types of food:
22 Student travel 23
Oyster Cards Young Person’s Railcard Driving in the UK Public transport in Kingston
Students in London can join a student travel If you are aged 16–25 or over 26 and a full-time To drive in the UK, you must have: Public transport in and around Kingston is good.
discount scheme offering travel discounts student you can apply for a Young Person’s If you want to travel to London and the
• A valid driver’s licence
across the capital. You will need to apply for a Railcard. This card entitles you to 1/3 off most surrounding areas, there are various forms of
Student Oyster Card. The Oyster Card allows train tickets anywhere in Britain. The card costs • Valid insurance (it is compulsory to have public transport you can use. To plan your
you to buy bus passes and travelcards valid for £26 and is valid for one year from the date of insurance in the UK) journey, visit: www.tfl.gov.uk
seven days, one month or for longer periods of purchase. You can find out more about the Young
The car you are driving must:
up to one year, at 30% less than the regular Person’s Railcard at any train station and ask at Kingston University buses
adult rate. bigger train stations for the application form. You • Be properly registered
The University runs a free bus service between
can also visit: www.16-25railcard.co.uk
The application fee for a Student Oyster • Have a current tax disc the University campuses. For further information
Photocard is £5. Application forms are available and a timetable, visit: www.kingston.ac.uk/bus
Travel workshops • Have a current MOT (Ministry of Transport
at any Kingston University reception and must
be signed by an authorised member of During the orientation week, there will be further Buses
University staff. These staff members are information available on travel, including seminar In the UK, there may be driving laws and rules
available at the reception desks. that are different from those in your country. Most There are a large number of buses serving the
sessions, where you can ask questions.
importantly, for example, we drive on the left side areas in and around Kingston. For information
Using an Oyster Card is the cheapest way to For more information on travel in and around on bus routes and available travel options, visit:
of the road! You might want to book some driving
pay for a single journey on tubes, buses, London, visit www.tfl.gov.uk or telephone www.tfl.gov.uk
lessons in the UK to become familiar with these
Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and trams in 020 7222 1234 for 24-hour travel information. rules. For more information, visit: If you want to travel to other cities around the UK,
www.dvla.gov.uk National Express provides coach services. To find
Please note: out more, visit: www.nationalexpress.co.uk
There is limited student car parking at Kingston
Alternatively, if you are travelling to central University. Elsewhere in London, read the signs
London for one day and want to use the train, near where you are parking to make sure you
tube and bus to get around, the cheapest ticket can park there, otherwise you may be given a
to buy is the off-peak one-day travelcard. This fine to pay.
can be used on the train, tube and bus after
09.30, Monday to Friday, and all day on
Saturday and Sunday. A peak one-day
travelcard will cost considerably more but can
be used before 09.30. You can also buy a
weekend travelcard which is valid all weekend.
If you plan to be out late at night, you might You can travel around London on the
need to use a nightbus. The N87 goes from underground or ‘Tube’ as it is known in London.
Trafalgar Square to Kingston. From Sunday to The underground links to the train service making
Friday, the N87 runs every 15 minutes after it easy to get around London. It is useful to have
00.31 from bus stop N near Trafalgar Square. a map of the underground lines so that you can
It runs every 10 minutes on Saturday after 22.15. plan your journey. These are available in most
There is a nightbus from Croydon to Kingston London train and underground stations.
(N213). Some other routes operate a 24-hour Alternatively, to download a map, visit:
service – Route 85 (to and from Putney) and www.tfl.gov.uk
Route 65 (to and from Ealing via Richmond).
For more information, visit: www.tfl.gov.uk Taxis
There are a number of taxi companies in Kingston.
Trains For more information, visit www.tfl.gov.uk and go
The nearest train stations to Kingston are to the ‘Taxis & minicabs’ section.
Kingston, Norbiton and Surbiton. All of these
stations have trains that go to Waterloo and to
the surrounding areas, such as Wimbledon. You Helpful hints
can also catch an express train from Surbiton to
Waterloo Station, which takes approximately • Always order a taxi by telephone. Text
15 minutes. From Kingston train station, HOME to 60835 to get three taxi firm
journeys to Waterloo take approximately numbers, in the area you are texting from,
30 minutes. For more information, visit: sent directly to your phone. DO NOT use a
www.tfl.gov.uk taxi from the street unless it is a licensed
minicab or a black London taxi (known as a
‘black cab’). Black cabs display an orange
light when they are available for hire.
• Before travelling by taxi, it is a good idea to
ask the taxi driver how much your journey
26 Sightseeing and days out 27
There are many interesting places to visit and things to do in and around Kingston.
Here are a few of our recommendations.
Boat trips on the River Thames Hampton Court Palace
Turk Launches offer boat trips from Kingston Hampton Court is the oldest Tudor palace in
along the river to Hampton Court or Richmond. England and the former home of King Henry VIII.
These trips are available from April to September. It also has beautiful gardens, including its world-
For more information, telephone 020 8546 2434. famous maze. You can get a discount if you
show your student card and booking online is
The International Events Team arranges a boat
even cheaper. Open Mon–Sun, 10.00–17.00.
party every year in May. For information, see our
For more information, telephone 0844 482 7777
or visit: www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace
Chessington World of Adventures
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
This is a theme park, which offers a great day
These internationally renowned gardens contain
out. There is a zoo and theme park rides. For
40,000 types of plants from around the world.
more information, telephone 0870 999 0045 or
There are also two art galleries, a Japanese
garden, a rock garden and a Chinese pagoda.
The gardens open at 09.30 and close between
Jabberjacks children’s activity centre 16.15–19.30, depending on the time of year. You
This centre offers play areas for children. can get a discount if you show your student
23 Woodside Close, Surbiton. card. For more information, telephone 020 8332
T: 020 8390 5957 5000 or visit: www.kew.org
Hampton Court Palace
Richmond Royal Park Windsor Castle and Eton College
Richmond Park is the largest Royal Park in Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest
London. It is only about 15 minutes walk from occupied castle in the world and is the Queen’s
the centre of Kingston and is a lovely space to favourite weekend home. The castle has many
relax in. The park is home to many wild animals, attractions, including the magnificent state
including deer. It is also used by horse riders. In rooms and the well known changing of the
the summer, the park is perfect for picnics and guard (every other day, weather permitting).
bicycle rides. To find out more, visit: Eton College, on the opposite side of the River
www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmond_park Thames to Windsor, is one of the oldest and
most famous schools for boys in the UK.
Rotunda leisure complex Princes William and Harry studied here.
The Rotunda leisure complex is in Kingston You can get a discounted entry to Windsor if
town centre, close to the train station. It offers a you show your student card.
14-screen cinema, tenpin bowling, a gym and a Open: Mon–Sun, 09.45–16.15 or 17.15,
variety of restaurants. depending on the time of year.
To find out more about visiting both Windsor
Rose Theatre and Eton College, visit: www.windsor.gov.uk
The Rose Theatre opened in January 2008 and
is based on the Elizabethan theatre of the same
name, in which several of Shakespeare’s plays
Find out more
were premiered. For more information on
To find out more about things to do near
productions and events, telephone 0871 230
Kingston, visit the Tourist Information Centre
1552 or visit: www.rosetheatrekingston.org
in the Market House in Kingston town centre.
Mon–Fri, 10.00–17.00. T: 020 8547 5592
Tropical forest exhibition
For more information on events and activities
The tropical forest exhibition is an exciting, in and around London, as well as interesting
indoor exhibition of tropical birds, insects, fish articles, such as ‘London on a budget’,
and amphibians. Syon Park, London Road. ‘40 things to do in London on a Sunday’ and
T: 020 8847 4730 ‘101 things to do before you leave London’,
Relaxing in Richmond Park
30 Kingston University contacts 31
Accommodation Health and Counselling Service Money Student complaints
Accommodation enquiries for halls, private Counselling, health advice, medical services and Funding/budgeting Responsible for investigating student complaints,
sector and lodgings complementary therapies E: email@example.com academic appeals and harassment and bullying
Lyn Hurlstone T: 020 8417 2172 T: 020 8417 3553 Student Affairs
firstname.lastname@example.org E: email@example.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment of tuition fees
Rita Strugnell T: 020 8417 2211
Fairhill Medical Practice E: email@example.com
NHS services – Doctors, nurses and sexual T: 0844 855 2309
T: 020 8417 3829 Social activities
International scholarships and bursaries
T: 020 8417 2204 Societies
Chaplaincy E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student-organised cultural, religious or leisure
Advice and information on religion, International Development Office US financial aid activities
belief and places of worship E: email@example.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Manage international recruitment, the student T: 020 8417 3553
Stan Brown T: 020 8417 7775
experience and exchange programmes
T: +44 (0)20 8417 3267
T: 020 8417 2940 Representation and advice Working
International student events and Independent advice and support with making JobShop
Disability and dyslexia support complaints, academic appeals and harassment For part-time, vacation and graduate jobs
Information, advice and support regarding and bullying E: email@example.com
disability, dyslexia and mental health Students’ Union T: 020 8417 3523
E: firstname.lastname@example.org Student support
Vera Pina Graduate jobs, careers advice & information
email@example.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org
E: email@example.com E: firstname.lastname@example.org
T: 020 8417 4252/4282 T: 020 8417 2868 T: 020 8417 3523
020 8417 4447 (Minicom)
International Student Advisory Centre International student rep
International student representation Fee status and overseas qualifications
English language support Advice on immigration, visas, working in the UK,
email@example.com Assessing fee status and overseas qualifications
welfare and financial hardship
Help and advice on studying in English and
Pauline Sampson/Melanie Sharman International Qualifications Applicant Services
developing academic English language skills
E: ISAC@kingston.ac.uk E: firstname.lastname@example.org
T: 020 8417 3645 T: 08700 841 347
T: 020 8417 2863 ext 62863 Fee status
T: 08700 841 347
32 Miscellaneous 33
Student discounts Societies and sports clubs International Student House
In the UK, students can get a discount in many Kingston University Students’ Union (KUSU) Kingston has membership with International
shops, attractions, museums, restaurants and funds and supports around 30 sports clubs as Student House (ISH), an organisation that
bars, by showing a valid student card. You will well as nearly 50 societies, ranging from the promotes friendship and cultural exchange
need to ask whether the establishment gives a Drama Society to religious societies (Sikh, among international students living in the UK.
student discount. Students also get discount on Islamic, Hindu and others). You can meet people ISH organises trips and activities which all
travel (see page 22). involved in all of the clubs and societies at this international students at Kingston can join.
year’s Freshers’ Fair. For more information, email ISH activities are great value for money and will
Nightlife email@example.com or visit: www.kusu.co.uk allow you to meet international students from
other UK universities. ISH also provides
There are thousands of pubs, bars and nightclubs
Places of worship temporary and permanent accommodation for
in London! For help choosing one, visit:
students. Based near Regents Park, ISH is open
www.timeout.com/london. Time Out is a great Kingston has a rich and varied religious life.
365 days a year. For more information, visit:
website, where you can find information about There are many churches, mosques, temples,
everything and anything to do in and around gurdwaras and other places of worship in the
London. The Time Out weekly magazine is area. The University Chaplaincy has details of all
available in most London newsagents. these places of worship and can also provide
help and guidance on questions relating to Doing volunteer work in the local community is
Gyms religion. To find out more, visit: an opportunity to do something valuable and
www.kingston.ac.uk/chaplaincy rewarding, while also adding to your CV. It is
Kingston University has a fitness centre,
also a great way to meet other students and
located on the Penrhyn Road campus, which
HOST UK make new friends. To find out more, visit:
has a fully equipped gym and fitness, aerobics
and sports classes. You will need to apply for HOST is a voluntary organisation with a network
membership in order to use the gym facilities. of UK residents who welcome adult international
To find out more, visit: students to their homes for a weekend,
www.kingston.ac.uk/sport/fitnesscentre Christmas or a shorter visit. The purpose is to
give international students an insight into British
The Kingfisher Leisure Centre on Fairfield Road
life and culture. Students also share their own
also has sports facilities, which include an
culture with the host. HOST helps students who
attractive swimming pool, a gym and sunbeds.
are far from home to feel welcome, contributing
A variety of classes are also available. For more
to international friendship and goodwill. To find
information, telephone 020 8546 1042.
out more, visit www.hostuk.org
A member of the University rowing club
34 Important dates for 2009/2010 35
Monday 28 September – Friday 18 December 2009
• Monday 14 – Friday 18 September International Welcome & Orientation
• Monday 21 – Friday 25 September Freshers’ week
• Monday 28 September Classes begin
• Monday 21 December – Friday 1 January Christmas vacation period
• Friday 25, Monday 28 December and 1 January Bank holidays*
Monday 4 January – Friday 26 March 2010
• Monday 4 – Friday 22 January Assessment/study period
• Monday 29 March – Friday 9 April Easter vacation period
• Friday 2 and Monday 5 April Bank holidays*
Monday 12 April – Friday 9 July 2010
• Monday 12 April Classes begin
• Monday 3 May Bank holiday*
• Monday 10 – Friday 14 May Revision week
• Monday 17 May – Friday 11 June Assessment/study period
• Monday 31 May Bank holiday*
*The University and most shops, banks and businesses are closed on these days.
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