- Renowned university with multiple campuses throughout central London
- Welcomes 8,000 international students each year
- Notable alumni include Nobel Peace Prize Winner Desmond Tutu and nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale
- Considered one of the Top 20 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2014/15)
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“As a film student studying the history of cinema at King’s, London has a great cinema culture and King’s has a wonderful film studies programme. Two great film venues in London from my experience are the Vault, a cool theatre built in an underground tube station, and the Prince Charles theatre in Soho.”
– UCEAP King’s College London student, Spring 2015
Top Five Things to do whilst at King’s College London
1. Attend the annual King’s Diwali show – it’s the largest student event in the UK!
2. Take in the view of the Thames from The Waterfront at the Strand
3. Try out a new sport through the weekly Be Active sessions
4. See a West End show – or several of them!
5. Check out an exhibit or spend the winter months ice skating at Somerset House
Life on Campus
Whether you’re most looking forward to the university’s annual Arts & Humanities Festival (which attracts more than 4,000 attendees each year) or simply being able to attend classes next door to the cultural centre that is Somerset House, King’s College London offers incredible academic and recreational opportunities. Each of KCL’s campuses offers plenty of amenities on either side of the Thames. Strand Campus houses the School of Arts & Humanities as wells as the Schools of Social Science and Public Policy and Natural & Mathematical Sciences. Here you can savour a quiet moment away from the metropolitan hustle and bustle of London by visiting the College Chapel, or get some research done with ease at the Open Learning Centre, which contains reference books, films, newspapers and audio recordings in more than 20 languages.
Guy’s Campus (pictured right) is home to the School of Biomedical Sciences, as well as the beautiful Memorial Gardens and Gordon Museum, which consists of more than 8,000 pathological specimens you’re welcome to visit. Of course there’s also lots to do with your fellow students: KCL boasts more than 250 student led clubs and societies you can join! If you’re interested in journalism or the music industry, KCL Radio offers the opportunity to train directly with industry professionals. In case you are more interested in sport, the university offers 50 different sport clubs covering everything from rugby to running. There is truly something for everyone at KCL!
Living in London
When you study abroad at King’s College London, the city itself becomes part of your classroom! Whether you’re strolling along Waterloo Bridge on the way to Strand Campus or catching a bus home to student accommodations in Denmark Hill, there is always something new to see and do – just make sure you schedule time to study too! Luckily the King’s library is designed to help you make the most of your study sessions. Split into three zones with differing levels of acceptable noise, the library offers the perfect environment to complete assignments whether you prefer to work in a group or on your own. It’s also open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week during the exam period!
KCL’s Strand campus is located right alongside London’s famed West End, so there’s always a new show to see if you enjoy theatre. Although King’s College London is spread across multiple campuses, they are all centrally located and provide the opportunity for study abroad students to enjoy everything London has to offer, whether it’s a stroll along Southbank or the latest stall at Borough Market. The city’s extensive transportation system makes it easy to navigate, so you’ll have the entirety of London on your doorstep!