With exams slowly winding down and summer on the horizon, this month we are talking about life at King’s and the best ways to make the most of your time here.
King’s has an incredibly vibrant community and plenty of teams designed to bring people together and encourage you to discover new activities and pursue your passions. These teams create amazing opportunities to engage in fun and diverse activities surrounded by likeminded people. From our personal experience engaging with some of these teams, we’ve found them to add incredible value to our university experience. Here are our top recommendations:
The KCLSU is the main hub for student social activities. There are around 300 different societies and student groups, which means you’re bound to find something of interest, no matter how niche your hobbies.
This includes societies such as Harry Potter society, Fine Wine society, and Amnesty International society. These groups are great opportunities to meet other students with similar interests on a weekly basis and peruse your passions through different workshops, outings, and activities.
They also offer over 70 sports teams you can join. You’ve got your classics such as hockey, football, and rugby; and other more diverse options, such as archery, mini-golf, and surf club. You can find teams for levels of experience, and if you’re someone who likes a bit of competition, there’s always varsity to look forward to (go Lions!)
The student union also has a range of media groups you can get involved with. This includes the university newspaper (ROAR news), Strand Magazine, KCL radio, KingsTV, Photography Society, Film Society, and DJ Society, to name a few. Getting involved will give you top experience for your CV and enhance your transferable skills, all whilst meeting some really interesting people. Another major perk is that they provide free access to media equipment and specialised media spaces.
KCLSU also runs many student facilities, including student bars, cafés, and shops, all with student-friendly prices where you can relax, attend events between and after classes, and hang out with other students. At guys campus you have the Shed which is the student café, and Guy’s bar, both of which are great spots for anything from a cheap meal-deal to a crazy sports night or pub quiz!
Engaging with the student union has been one of the most valuable parts of our student experience, giving us the chance to take part in volunteering groups and societies that have helped build our CV and meet some of our closest friends!
King’s Culture Team
The King’s Culture team is an amazing part of the university that deals with all things culture – whether it is by providing art and wellbeing workshops run by artists, or developing innovative collections for the King’s Science Museum. Examples of recent events this teams has organised include French knitting workshops and National Theatre backstage tours. Some of the best evenings I have spent in uni have been learning how to make my own vinyl graffiti art or clay sculptures while getting to meet new people.
University is a great place to continue embracing your active self, or if you’re like us, start from scratch. King’s Sport runs a range of activities and facilities for students to get their sweat on! They run the BeActive program through which they deliver fun social sports sessions for students and operate gyms across various campuses and residences. They also run other popular events throughout the year, such as the King’s Colour Run. The best thing is that the gyms have student-friendly membership prices, and King’s residences can access the BeActive program for free!
King’s is situated in the centre of one of the most vibrant and exciting capitals of the world – so make the most of it!
There is a saying that the cheapest time to see London is as a student, and that is thanks to out many student discounts and access to free events. The beauty of the location of king’s campuses is you don’t need to travel far to explore some of the coolest things city has to offer. I’m a massive foodie, and there’s nothing better than taking a break from the library at Guy’s to browse around Borough Market and treat yourself to a delicious lunch break! You also have the National Theatre and Tate Modern just a short walk from Waterloo Campus, and Covent Garden right next to Strand.
University is not just a time for studying – it’s an opportunity for self-discovery and development, so grab all the chances you can get and make the most of this amazing time!