Life as a BSc Psychology student at the IoPPN


It’s fair to say that things are going to change in a few months. You’ll be moving out and potentially heading off to a brand new city, or even a new country. We thought this would be a great time to help prepare you for one of the most exciting cities in the world and your life at King’s!

Getting around
Download some sort of map app. Even Londoners use these, although they will always pretend they know their way around without! Going to the Institute of Psychology Psychiatry and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at Denmark Hill might seem daunting at first but it is a lovely campus, a nice change from being on Guy’s Campus, it has so much history relating to our course and is situated in an amazing part of London. If you get lost on campus (don’t worry – we’ve all been there), you can go to any of our reception desks. They know everything there is to know about the campus and can provide you with maps. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions, they might even give you tips about hidden gems on campus.

Food on Campus
Top-secret tip – We have our own microwave. Those of you who have visited our campus during one of our open days have probably seen this in our common room. Unlike everyone else at Guy’s campus, we don’t have to fight for the three microwaves on campus to heat up our food as we have our own kitchen area. Pack your own lunch if you want to save up on money. Alternatively, Sainsbury’s and newly opened Tesco are right next-door. A favourite on campus is The Shed, which is the Student Union café, they have a huge selection of delicious, healthy and fresh food and it is far cheaper than anywhere else. And finally, every Tuesday there is a farmer’s market on campus, which is such a treat!

Help and Support
Sadly, it hasn’t been all fun and games and sometimes we might get homesick. This can happen to anyone and chances are one of your new friends will be feeling the same way. The key is to talk to someone about it! We have so many support services at King’s that you can access through: The Compass (who be able to help you with everything from setting up a bank account to advising on personal issues. If they can’t help they will point you (ha ha) in the right direction of someone who can). your personal tutor, your peer mentor or the student union. Sometimes it’s useful just to pick up the phone and call your family!

Whilst at King’s you will definitely have a ton of resources at your fingertips. Our ‘money experts’ can help you budget your student life. Plus, just for BSc Psychology students, you’ll be paired with either a second or third year student who will be happy to share all of the little nuggets of advice they have picked up in their time at King’s (for example, through King’s Move you can be rewarded for doing exercise and get free hot drinks on Campus!)

If you have any questions for us as ever you can message us on the offer holder Facebook group.

All the best!

Val and Pauline


  1. Hi, you mentioned above about Denmark Hill campus. However, i understand that the BSc Psychology course will be mainly located at the Guy’s campus. Can I get some clarification on which campus the students for psychology course will be located?

    • Hi! That’s definitely true – BSc Psychology is predominantly at Guy’s Campus in the first year and you will make fort-weekly trips down to Denmark Hill. During second year, you will head down to Denmark Hill for certain optional modules. However, the majority of the teaching is still at Guy’s. Then in third year, you will be spending more time down at Denmark Hill, but again it depends on the modules you select and where your research project supervisor is based.

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