By Hendrik Schaefer, BEng Electronic & Information Engineering, Department of Informatics
Back in December 2015, when I started to look at Universities in the UK, I was overwhelmed by the choices I had. There are over 130 universities, each with their own unique qualities and I was supposed to choose just one?
In order to simplify my search, I determined that to me, facilities, research, and location are the most important factors. Facilities in good condition show that a university cares about its students and wants to stay relevant in the long term. King’s fulfills this as it continuously invests in its campuses. This is especially clear if you have a look at the newly opened Bush House. It houses state-of-the-art computer labs, study rooms and even provides areas to relax, like the rooftop terrace, so you don’t stress out when exams are approaching.
Next up is research, which basically determines the quality of staff. This is one of the key strengths of King’s as it has many leading researchers that are also part of the lecturing staff. This quality ensures that any question you have about their field, no matter if it is part of the course or not, can be answered. Furthermore, King’s provides opportunities for its students to become involved in research as well, giving you the possibility of gaining crucial hands-on experience that you cannot get from a textbook.
And lastly, location. This topic determines the type of people that you will meet and your life outside of university. King’s College is located in the heart of London, one of the most diverse cities in the world. Since it is a prestigious university, the people you meet will be like-minded and all have interesting stories to tell. Where you want to hear those stories is up to you, as London offers anything you can imagine from nightlife to culture.
Looking back at how I made my decision, I can tell you that I do not regret it.