University is an exciting chapter in adult life. From the independence of choosing what to study, to the freedom of living away from home, it can be a little overwhelming when deciding where to go. It’s important to think not only about the course, but also the feel of the university and the atmosphere it provides. This post will give you some pointers on things to consider when choosing your university, and help give you a taste of life within King’s.
It’s normal to feel that university is a big step when it’s your first degree and even if you’ve worked or studied before, dental school is a unique environment that can take some getting used to. If you have any course-related concerns or academic queries, your personal tutor is a great person to talk to. They can advise you on many things, including exam preparation and achieving a good work/life balance, and can signpost you to other resources including student and accommodation services.
From the second year onwards, your tutor is a clinician within the Dental Institute, and stays with you for the remainder of your degree. This means not only do they get to know you, but that they can help you explore your interests and can offer advice on studentships, research and electives. Personal tutors are a great and accessible resource at King’s, and can help you make the most of your academic opportunities and reach your potential.
Outside of personal tutors, every year and subject has a course leader who guides the curriculum and learning outcomes for the students and can be contacted for subject-specific advice. More generally, the Academic Centre is responsible for organising classes and delivering news and important messages, helping you structure your academic life.
Moving into halls is for many students the exciting first step in their university journey. It is an amazing opportunity to meet a diverse range of people from all around the world and from other courses, and learn how to live more independently.
At King’s we’re lucky to offer such a wide range of living options, so there really is something to suit everyone. One thing all our halls have in common are our residence associates. These are students in their second year and beyond who’ve loved living in halls and have come back to make your experience as amazing a possible! From organising welcome events to offering tips on student living, our RAs will help you swiftly settle in.
Another great thing about King’s halls is the BeActive Halls programme, run by King’s Sport. It gives all residents free access to over 40 fitness classes a week, suitable for both beginners and more experienced participants. Some of our halls have on site gyms, perfect to engage your body and mind after a long day sitting in lecture theatres. Why not check out our previous blog post on hall life and my experience of living in Great Dover Street Apartments, or visit our website to find out more on what to expect when moving into halls. Click here to see our current BeActive timetable and think about what you could be taking part in when you join King’s.
Having covered studying and sleeping, it’s time to talk about the most important part of university life: living! Being based at the heart of a city as diverse and vibrant as London makes it easy to immerse yourself in new cultures and try new things. In my first year and even now I loved walking around Southbank and trying out trendy foods in Borough Market, and with both being a stone’s throw from campus, there’s no excuse not to get yourself out there.
On campus, KCLSU is at the heart of the King’s community, offering hundreds of societies and interest groups, which themselves hold events and talks and provide a space for you to deepen your interests and find ones you didn’t even know you had. We have so many active societies to choose from, including those based on hobbies, beliefs and cultural activities, but remember if there isn’t one that fits you, you and your friends can start your own with support and funding from the Student’s Union. Take a look at KCLSU to see what current students are doing to shape our community and check out our residence blog to see how our most popular societies get involved with hall life.
We understand that deciding on where you’ll spend your dental degree is a big decision. One of the best ways to find out more about a university is to go to an open day or offer holder event. I enjoyed touring the campus and local area with my family, and talking to current students about their experience of life at King’s. Take a look at my last blog post to find out more about open days and to book your place.
We look forward to welcoming you to our community soon.
All the best,