By Cherry Lim, BSc Computer Science, Department of Informatics
You’ve done it! You’re moving to London! Amidst all this excitement, I know it’s easy to stress over all the preparation you have to do. Fret not, here are some tips to help you with it!
First, let’s look at accommodation. King’s Residences guarantees accommodation for all first-time applicants who apply before a deadline (usually end of May). Do check their Frequently Asked Questions to find out the exact date! Bear in mind that although you’ll get to indicate your preferred accommodation choices, the allocation is purely random. If you have any requirements (such as distance to your campus), you can email the residences team about it.
If you’re unable to secure accommodation from King’s, no need to worry. There are many private student accommodations around London that you can consider. Google is your friend on this one!
The next step is to apply for a visa. As soon as you’ve firmed your offer from King’s, you should message them on King’s Apply to let them know that you need a visa. You will then receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter which you’ll need to apply for your visa. All visa-related information can be found on gov.uk and also the King’s student advice website.
After visa application, it’s time to book your flight! I recommend checking flight prices a few months in advance and setting price alerts so you can find the best time for cheaper prices. Momondo and Google Flights are good websites for this.
As the big move draws closer, you should check the King’s Welcome Handbook for information on enrolment, welcome week and what to do when you arrive.
Last but not least, do get to know your fellow countrymen who are also going to King’s or the UK, as they will be your ‘home away from home’ when you’re studying abroad. The King’s Offer Holder Facebook groups are a good place to reach out to people, so do keep a look out for them!