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I ❤ King’s: Living at Moonraker Point

Post contributed by Elisabeth M. She is an undergraduate student at King’s, in the department of War Studies.

Living in Moonraker Point means being part of one of the most social and vibrant student accommodations in London. One of the things I love most about the Moonraker community is that there is always something going on. Whether you feel like going to one of the many Resilife events hosted throughout the week, just chilling in the common room or exploring the lively Southwark neighbourhood with your fellow residents, you will always be spoiled for choice. This is what makes Moonraker Point a truly unique place to live. And for those who prefer a more relaxing night to themselves, the rooms at Moonraker Point are incredibly spacious and all ensuite, so they provide the perfect retreat for busy students living in a busy city.

The accommodation not only offers shared flats that range from four to twelve people, but also private studios. Shared flats are the perfect way to meet other residents and co-habitate with a diverse group of fellow King’s students. For those looking for a quieter living situation, studios provide the perfect option, with spacious rooms that include fully equipped private kitchens.  So whatever living situation you might be looking for, Moonraker Point has got you covered. In addition to this, Moonraker Point offers some really incredible facilities, including a common room with pool and ping-pong tables, as well as free Netflix for those craving a relaxing night in. So whatever you might be looking for, Moonraker Point has the facilities to satisfy any taste or mood. Keen on a fun night in with your flatmates? Most of Moonraker Point’s shared flat kitchens have balconies with some of the most amazing views in London.

So you can spend the evening relaxing and chilling with your flatmates and fellow residents while you take in breath-taking views of the London Eye, the Shard and the Tate Modern. Or what about if you’re looking to meet new people around your halls of residence? There are always events going during the week, including Tea Tox, Art Night and weekly Saturday outings around London. These events are a great way to bring together the Moonraker community and meet new people. In addition to these weekly events, there is always a huge event that takes place every month. These include game nights, parties in the common room, free food and potlucks. So it really means that everyone is involved in the Moonraker community, which easily makes it one of the most vibrant and social residence communities at King’s. All in all, Moonraker Point really is a unique place to live, with such an incredible and diverse community that will immediately make you feel like you have found your home away from home.

 

Moonraker Point and its Neighbourhood  

One of the most unique and exciting parts about living in Moonraker Point is the vibrant and historic Southwark neighbourhood, which you will be at the centre of. As one of the oldest boroughs in London, Southwark offers its residents a unique London living experience. Of course, one of the perks of living at Moonraker is its proximity to the various King’s campuses; the residence is situated within a 10-minute walk from King’s Waterloo campus, a 15-minute walk from the Guy’s campus and a 20-minute walk from the Strand campus. Beyond this, however, the area is home to some of London’s most iconic landmarks, with some of the city’s most famous bridges, buildings and museums located just outside your doorstep. Follow me, as I describe some of my favourite spots in Southwark and reveal some secret and lesser-known hangouts in the area.

Start your day with a relaxing brunch at the Table Café, which is tucked away on Southwark Street. It offers a legendary brunch menu that can satisfy any craving. Whether you are craving a traditional full English breakfast or something a bit more unconventional like a brunch burger topped with pork, beetroot, egg, sour cream and avocado sauce, the Table Café offers pretty much anything to satisfy your hunger. Next, spend the day exploring some of the iconic buildings and museums that you will find around your neighbourhood. An absolute must-see for anyone living in the area is the Tate Modern, which is only a short 10-minute walk from Moonraker Point. Soak in some modern art and unique, awe-inspiring exhibitions. Before heading off, make sure to check out the incredible view you have from the top floor, in order to really get the full experience. After this, head towards the Shakespeare Globe Theatre to the catch a show or just explore this historic landmark. Here you can discover some of the Southwark area’s rich and vibrant history. Located right next door is The Swan, one of London’s most famous pubs. This is perfect for those craving a traditional fish and chips lunch or a pint with enviable full views of the Thames. Alternatively, you could stroll along the Thames and head to the bustling Borough Market to experience London’s most renowned food and drink market. Wander around and discover the diverse range of foods from all around the world. This spot is perfect for hungry students looking for reasonably priced food and a truly adventurous culinary experience. One of my favorite dishes here and a must-try for anyone visiting Borough Market are the Thai coconut pancakes. Let your busy day in Southwark come to an end by walking along the Southbank promenade. Here you can enjoy breathtaking views of London and experience a Bank side sunset that illuminates the city and the river with a golden hue. This is one of my favorite London moments and being at the heart of it all makes living at Moonraker Point so incredibly unique.

 

 

 

I ❤ King’s: Atlas

Post contributed by Tanya. She is an undergraduate student at King’s, studying Law.

Life in Atlas

Hi, I am Tanya, a second year Law LLB student. I was a Community Facilitator and a resident of Atlas. Atlas is one of the newest King’s accommodations for both undergraduates and postgraduates. It has been a jovial and dynamic experience living at Atlas. The residence is in the newly upcoming neighbourhood of Vauxhall and is five minutes away from the Victoria bus/ tube station. One of the perks of living in this area is its connectivity to central London and the university campuses. The building accommodates around five hundred students coming from different countries and backgrounds and enthusiastic to befriend people and make the most of the London attractions.

The management team and the people at the reception are very amiable and helpful. They are easy to approach and make an effort to know almost everyone in the residence. If you have any issues or queries they are the first post of call who can solve your problems efficiently! The other advantage of living at a King’s residence is the King’s ResiLife programme which at its core is aimed to facilitate the adjustment of students in university life, providing an inclusive and engaged community. There are student-led weekly events for all to enjoy, relieve stress and make new friends. There are excursions and trips to London attractions every Saturday. There are large residence wide events cater to the multitude of festivals of all cultures like Christmas, Eid, Holi, Diwali, Chinese New Year, Easter and the list goes on. What I found unique to Atlas was that it has its own swimming pool and gym with the services provided at a heavily discounted rate to King’s students. I’ll recommend everyone to make the most of it. There are various sessions in collaboration with King’s BeActive programme where you can take part in classes such as Yoga, Pilates etc. Atlas has some fantastically furnished communal places such as a study room with free printers, a common kitchen room for lavish dinners, pool tables and a media room just in case you don’t feel like going to a cinema. There are two-rooftops where we have hosted an induction and a year-end barbeque for all the residents. Atlas has great security and basic amenities such as cycle storage, laundry machines, and postage boxes.

Local Area

Atlas is not only a self-sufficient residence but is also situated in the best locality you could ask for. There is a Vauxhall park opposite the building where films are screened in the summer time, the Vauxhall comedy club, rock climbing facilities, and for someone like me who is interested in dancing, a ballet school as well. For all the art lovers, Tate Britain is just 10 minutes of walk away from the accommodation. Various other London attractions nearby are the MI6 building, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye, Winter Wonderland, and the Natural History museum- all within a reach of less than thirty minutes! Vauxhall has its own food market where students, residents and tourists enjoy spending quality time on a weekend. From various gourmet food restaurants to the classic Nando’s, the market has it all. For all the cricket fans, the renowned Oval stadium is a 10 mins on foot from the resident and this year was particularly buzzing because of the World Cup. To the surprise of all, there is a city farm amidst the hustle bustle of London and a great way to relax and ride horses. If you desire to have a riverside dinner, then Albert Embankment is a stone’s throw from the building with an attached dockside restaurant. Vauxhall is rightly situated for the students to enjoy not only what it has to offer, but also what the rest of the London has to offer!

I ❤ King’s: Living at Vauxhall

Post contributed by Valentina M. She is an undergraduate student at King’s, in the department of History.

The new Vauxhall residence is the perfect place for any new King’s student. The building has 30 residential floors, with some breathtaking views of London. Hardwood floors, brand new bathrooms, and a large double bed and floor-to-ceiling windows are just some of the great features of this building. There is lots of storage space for students to comfortably move in, the kitchens are brand new and they have two ovens, two stove hobs, and two sinks for the students to use—which means fighting your flat mates for space. There is also a large dining table for flat dinner parties or to invite your friends over and cook, and large windows overlooking the American embassy and the Themes. The common room upstairs on the 31st floor is open to all students to hang out on the comfortable couches, play ping pong, and enjoy the giant projector to watch movies at night. There is also a TV room with two televisions that can be used to play video games, watch Netflix, or amazon prime. There are two balconies in the building, one on the fourth floor and one on the 31st floor, and both are great places to hang out outside in the rare occasion that London is sunny and students wish to study outside, especially around exams. There is also an indoor study space for students, with tables, couches, and charging ports as well. Other amenities in the building include free printing, a laundry room on the 15th floor, a meeting space on the second floor, and a bike room that allows students to rent bikes for free. The building staff is extremely friendly and willing to help students whenever there is a problem with one of the rooms, and building maintenance fixes problems quickly. The Vauxhall residence will become your new home quickly and is well-equipped to handle any problems that arise in your first year.

The location of the Vauxhall residence is ideal for any new student looking to explore London. Its proximity to a well-serviced bus station, tube station with access to the Victoria Line, and a train station is perfect to get around the city quickly and easily. There is a bus that goes directly from the entrance of Strand campus to down the street from the Vauxhall residence in 40 minutes, passing through Trafalgar Square and Westminster, and is perfect for King’s students who are looking for an easy (and scenic!) commute. The usefulness of the Victoria Line to get around London cannot be overestimated. It is one of the more efficient tube lines, with consistent trains coming in every 2-3 minutes that run all night Fridays and Saturdays, and easily connects to the Northern, Jubilee, and Piccadilly lines. It’s also easy to get to Gatwick and Heathrow, for the students who are going to be traveling a lot during their time in university from Vauxhall. Other features of the Vauxhall area are the closeness to various gyms, a large Sainsbury’s, and a big park that’s perfect for studying. It’s closeness to the river makes for some gorgeous riverside walks and runs towards Westminster, especially during fall and spring evenings as the sun sets. There are also a lot of cool restaurants in this area, including a great Jamaican restaurant, and an Indian restaurant, for fun dinners out with friends. There are also plenty of pubs nearby for relaxed nights out, and they are perfect for watching Six Nations with friends and support your team. For students interested in the more cultural aspects of London, Vauxhall is near the Tate British museum, which exhibits international modern and contemporary art. There are a ton of great attractions in and around Vauxhall that make this residence the perfect location for any new student to London that is looking forward to exploring central London.

 

I ❤ King’s: Atlas

Post contributed by William C.  He is an undergraduate student at King’s, studying Medical Education.

Life in Atlas

Atlas, no not the titan holding up the sky, but an accommodation that adds to the London skyline as it too stretches upwards towards the heavens. It’s 31 floors providing views that are unparalleled in some of London’s most expensive locales. The 31st floor roof terrace is a great place to take in this vista and on a sunny day there is nothing more pleasant than sitting and taking in London’s vibrancy from a bird’s eyes perspective. If you are afraid of heights, then do not fear as there is a more expansive terrace only four floors up. Equipped with lounging areas and enough plants to keep an aspiring botanist content.

Atlas’ charm is not just restricted to outside space- indeed some of its most impressive offerings can be found within! The third and fourth floors are dedicated to communal space and if you are looking for a place to watch a movie go no further. The third floor boasts a media room equipped with no less than three 60inch televisions, that you can watch to your hearts content. There are a plethora of bean bags and sofas to accommodate a modest horde and if you more of a gamer there is a PS4 you can borrow from the lovely reception team. If you are a more studious individual, then just adjacent to the media room is a more than spacious study room. Within these walls you can find an environment of ample study spaces, chairs and tables: which you can sprawl out upon when exam season hits.

There is a state-of-the-art gym that holds regular classes and includes a swimming pool, sauna and steam room (It is important to note that this is not included in the price of the accommodation). Vauxhall has amazing transport links to the rest of the city and Atlas is just a stone’s throw from the tube and over ground station, indeed the tracks go right past the windows.

Local Area

Situated just south of the river it is only a 25-minute walk to Waterloo and Westminster. So, in just 25 minutes you can be outside the houses of parliament or taking snaps in front of the London Eye. Vauxhall is one of London’s most up and coming areas and if you blink for a second another development or skyscraper appears before your eyes.

Vauxhalls greatest strength is its connections. It has a major bus terminal, Overground station and Underground station. These transport links allow you to get across London with ease and gets you to Strand, Waterloo and Guys campuses all in less than half an hour. It is not just transport that makes this area so popular, as there are a range of parks and pleasure gardens for any rare sunny days. One of the most popular places is Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens where you can lose yourself among the shrubs and hedgerows.

Just next door to the Gardens is a rare sight indeed- A farm situated in the heart of London amidst the sky scrapers and high rises! So, if you’ve got a couple of hours to kill why not head on over and interact with all manner of friendly creatures at Vauxhall City Farm.

I ❤ King’s: Vauxhall

Post contributed by Madeline O. She is a postgraduate at King’s, studying Psychosis. 

King’s and Urbanest’s brand new residence as of 2018 is my favorite hall because of its central location, the quality and spaciousness of its common room, personal rooms, kitchens, the supportive staff, the programming and wellbeing promoted by Resilife and BeActive fitness instructors.

The common room which I shall classify as the “common floor” on the 31st floor is my favorite part of the building because of its views comparable to the Sky Garden, the plethora of surfaces and furniture for many different functions, an outside terrace, two t.v.s with playstation, and a ping pong table to boot. Resilife events are all hosted on this floor and usually get good turnout. Teatox on Tuesdays, Art Night on Thursdays, Saturday Night Ins, monthly events as well as BeActive exercise classes such as Swing Train and yoga were all located on the common floor. P.S. Urbanest hires appreciated cleaning staff after events, so the area is always clean the next morning.

My second favorite place is my room. While studios and ensuites are extremely spacious and convenient, in my opinion the best bargain is the private room because of the amount of space you get at the lowest price, the views, and you only have to share a bathroom with one person and get easy access to a second smaller kitchen.

The kitchens on every floor are one of the nicest parts of the building with brand new stoves, stone countertops, and my favorite part, a powerful dish washer. Request from your community facilitators to plan a Great Floor Bakeoff!

For studying, Vauxhall has a great study area on the first floor just minutes away versus the 30 minute bus ride to Maughan Library. You’ll find many small stalls where you can be work and be productive independently, as well as larger stalls where you can have group study. Sometimes this area can get a little noisy, and I resort to studying on the 31st. It’s my secret spot, don’t tell! Both Urbanest staff and the Resilife Vauxhall team (excluding myself) are the reasons why I and hopefully many students have enjoyed Vauxhall so much. My Urbanest staff went out of their way to address my needs regarding the building, but also to befriend me and all the residents. Both Resilife and Urbanest put on great parties and events, so there is always something going on in the residence. As a mental health masters student, it is important for me to mention the wardens. I can say from personal experience, they are approachable, confidential, and a way for you to get immediate help for your mental health and wellbeing.

Vauxhall is a thriving city and one of best choices for you if you have classes on multiple campuses due to its ease of transportation and centrality. As applicable to its name, Vauxhall means “large railway station”. It is home of the British car company, Vauxhall Motors, the legendary Pleasure Gardens, and now a thriving LGBTQA community.

There are so many things to do in Vauxhall including spending time in its two parks, rock climbing, attending shows at the fringe theatre Above the Stag, going clubbing, and hanging out at bars, and eating at  a diverse arrangement of restaurants.

My favorite past-time in Vauxhall is to visit the Vauxhall City farm located in Vauxhall’s Pleasure Garden. It is a charitable organization that teaches youth about animal care and horticulture as well as riding lessons for the disabled. The farm has horses, donkeys, llamas, sheep, goats, rabbits, chicken, turkeys, birds, chinchillas, ferrets, and a turtle, as well as a garden active during the summer. Best part is you can feed the animals! Great Restaurants are right outside your Vauxhall residence. There are Ethiopian, Indian, one Italian Deli, Latin American restaurants, you name it. My all-time favorite restaurant in Vauxhall is the Tea House Theatre located in the Pleasure Gardens. Here you can have the proper high tea experience for a very reasonable price (high tea for two at £25).  However, for dinner, I highly recommend the Tia Maria Kitchen if you enjoy good Brazilian dishes and clubbing on Friday and Saturdays. Every Friday there is a latin dance class for £5.

Grocery shopping has never been easier. There is a Sainsbury’s about 3 minutes from the residence. Inside Sainsbury’s is a Argos to buy any dorm supplies you might need, and a Starbucks if you miss it from home. If you tube more, a small Tesco is right next to the tube exit. If you bus, the local Waitrose or Sainsbury’s is a stop away. There are so many options at Vauxhall to exercise. Next door at Atlas, is the Vauxhall Leisure Center which has a large variety of exercise classes, a pool and sauna, and more. However, I have been really happy with the cheaper option of the BeActive program by King’s College covered in the accommodation’s cost, which on certain days of the week will offer certain exercise classes on the 31st floor for. In 2018-2019, Swing Train and yoga were offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If exercise classes are not your thing, and you like self-directed running, the Vauxhall Park or Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens have great running tracks and beautiful scenery.

As you can see, you don’t have to go very far to live and thrive while attending courses at King’s! Have I convinced you to stay at Vauxhall residence?

I ❤ King’s: Living at Stamford Street Apartments

Post contributed by Sparsh S. He is an undergraduate at King’s, studying  Business.

Life in Stamford Street Apartments

Living in Stamford Street Apartments as a second-year student at King’s has been one of the best decisions for me. The proximity of the residence to all the major campuses, be it Waterloo, Strand or Guys has helped me save time and plan my calendar better. The connectivity in terms of public transport is also amazing, making it central to reach any location in Central London at any time of the day. More importantly, it has a two-fold benefit for health-conscious people for whom exercise is a major recreational goal. SSA has a free gym facility for all residents and often hosts BeActive sessions for Yoga, Pilates and Aerobics.

The community at Stamford is built upon the foundations of trust and togetherness. The reception is a common area where people from all buildings come and integrate as one. The fact that the communal room is not a separate entity at Stamford helps maintain touch of all residents with what is going on in the residence due to visibility from the reception. Residents can engage with the staff, who are very friendly and partake in the activities alongside them too. This creates an open environment wherein conversations are initiated in case of problems and solutions likewise. In today’s age of technology, most residents are connected on social media on a common platform, helping each other in trivial things such as ordering food, swapping clothes, giving movie suggestions etc.

Local Area

Living in Stamford allows you to save money by walking to all major locations around the campus and otherwise instead of taking the bus or the tube; even to places in Oxford Street and Mayfair. The residence team makes the living experience comfortable, as they are always there to help in settling in and feeling a part of the greater community of students. The neighbourhood has tons of cafes, restaurants and utility stores. Overall, Stamford provides the best facilities in all aspects of being student housing at extremely affordable prices, given its location in the heart of London.

As small as it may seem, it is these little things that make us a strong community of individuals who can trust and depend on one another. I say it with heartfelt gratitude that Stamford is not only my home, it is my family!

 

I ❤ King’s: Angel Lane

Post contributed by Cherise N.  She is a postgraduate student at King’s, studying Geography. 

Life in Angel Lane

You know your residence is good when it has ‘Angel’ in its name. Angel Lane itself may not be heaven, but we residents are living the good life! Upon entering the residence, you are greeted by friendly Unite Students staff members, who are always willing to help and ensure you are comfortable. But it is the building amenities that seal the deal. Angel Lane consists of an open courtyard on the ground floor, where you can find colour coordinated lounging furniture to study and relax. And when the summer sun shines on the accommodation, you can grab badminton equipment from reception and engage in a game. As you continue to walk through Angel Lane, you will reach the game area. Here you and your friends/flat mates can chill while playing a game of pool, bring your video games down and ask reception for the gaming console or work up a sweat while playing table football. But Angel Lane also caters to those of us who enjoy spectacular views. As you enter the 8th floor terrace, you are met with a breath-taking scene of the towering buildings of central London, including the famous Shard.

If by the likely chance the weather is not warm or sunny, then you can always head up to the 10th floor study room to admire the view while being inside. Angel Lane has so much to offer outside of the accommodation necessities. It goes above and beyond your housing needs. I would recommend living in an en-suite, as you are able to have your alone time while maintaining peer interactions through your flat’s common kitchen area. If you ever have the opportunity to live in the Stratford area for school, make sure Angel Lane is at the top of your list.

Local Area

They call it Stratford, the Olympic City! After hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics, Stratford is the ideal place to live and visit. The city is known for the queen-sized park, appropriately named Queen Mary park, which includes the Olympic sized swimming pool. As you look up from the park you notice a unique red structure. You soon realize that you can not only go to the top of the structure and see the towering buildings of central London, but you can also slide down from the top. But maybe you are more of a shopper, no worries, Stratford caters to everyone!

Walk on over to the Westfield Mall and treat yourself to a shopping spree or something to eat. The mall has all the stores and restaurants you need, from John Lewis, M&S, Primark, Nando’s, Wagamama and more. Let’s not forget the station. Stratford station can get you where you want to go. The station consists of several Underground lines, the Overground, national rail and TFL rail services. No matter where you want to go Stratford can get you there. When it comes to quality of entertainment, activities and London life, Stratford lives up to its name and takes the gold!

I ❤ King’s: Stamford Street Apartments

Post contributed by John C. K. John is an undergraduate at King’s in the department of Philosophy.  

Life in Stamford Street Apartments

Whilst all of King’s residences are great in their own way, Stamford Street Apartments – or ‘SSA’ as we affectionately call it – has so much to love.  I, of course, have to mention the wonderful location.  Being in Waterloo and Central London, residents of SSA are right opposite Waterloo Campus with its useful library, around 15 minutes’ walk to Strand Campus and 25 minutes to Guy’s Campus.  You are also mere minutes’ walk away from multiple ‘express’ supermarkets (Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose), as well as a variety of wonderful cafés and restaurants – if Nando’s is your thing, ours is two minutes away.

 

The staff and reception team at SSA are absolutely wonderful individuals and are always there to help, alongside your ResiLife Team.  The ResiLife Teams of Community Facilitators (CFs) and Residence Associates (RAs) are there to help you make the most of your time at SSA by hosting weekly events such as Teatox (hot drink, biscuits and chat), Art Night (to express your creative side on canvas) and Film Night (experienced in our very own lecture theatre ‘cinema’).  To keep your body and mind healthy, we have our very own gym next door (free for SSA residents only!) and a study space near our lecture theatre.  We also have an on-site laundrette – hardly the height of excitement, but it at least means you have no excuse not to wash your clothes (just ask for a ‘Washstation card’ from reception)!  Your CFs run exciting and varied monthly events including Pub Quizzes, Games Nights, Pizza Parties and trips to hidden gems you do not want to miss!  They are always eager to hear what you have to say, with REC meetings every month so residents can help shape the future of SSA and its community.

Local Area

Aside from the simply practical aspect, living at SSA offers culture right outside your door, with the artistic delights of the National Theatre, Southbank Centre, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and much more.  The excitement comes in discovering these for yourself and making the most of your time at King’s not just academically, but though personal enrichment also.  Remember to take advantage of all the fantastic local student discounts and deals – including £3 tickets at the BFI Southbank (shows classic and indie films) and £7.50 National Theatre tickets!  On a side note, be sure to sign up for free to UNiDAYS (myunidays.com) and Student Beans (studentbeans.com if you have not already, ) for a variety of discounts all over London and online!

Living at SSA is what you make of it – so be sure to take advantage of its ResiLife and everything that surrounds it.  As long as you do this, you will certainly grow to love it as your home.

I ❤ King’s: Wolfson House

Post contributed by Rev K. He is a postgraduate student at King’s, studying Population Health and Environmental Sciences. 

Life in Wolfson House

Found in the shadow of the Shard, this central London accommodation provides an affordable living place with intimate access to the city centre. Found within a stone’s throw of the transport hub that is London Bridge Station, there is excellent access to the London transport network and the delights of the rest of the city.

The close proximity to Guy’s Campus and Greenwood Lecture theatre, both within a couple of minutes’ walk of the front door, ensures that even late sleepers can easily make it their lectures in time, while lectures at Strand or Waterloo are never more than half an hour away. With the Kings Gym (London Bridge) also nearby, with a running BeActive program (free for Halls!) offering sessions both at the accommodation or in the vicinity, allowing you to get that couple of hours of exercise a week with the minimum of hassle.

Local Area

Locally, the site is within a very short distance of Borough High street and Markets, famed for their diverse and high-quality foodie experience, with more affordable student venues also available amongst them. Nearby, there is HMS Belfast, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London and many museums and theatres, ensuring that there’s always something to do or sights to see.

 

Despite being one of Kings’ older accommodations, Wolfson House has provided me with an unparalleled experience living in London, and the bar was high; having lived and studied in London for the past five years. There’s life in the old dog yet.

I ❤ King’s: Great Dover Street Apartments

Post contributed by Natalie Phillips. Natalie is an undergraduate at King’s, studying Classics.

Great Dover Street Apartments – better known by its abbreviation GDSA – is without a doubt the best King’s residence. If you’re a medic or studying any course that means your lessons are primarily at Guy’s Campus, then it’s the best location. Walking to Guy’s will take you around 10 minutes, so you’ll be able to make all your lectures on time. Even if you’re based at Strand – which I am- then not only are you able to walk there in around 30 minutes or less but you also get to take in the sites. Walking across Waterloo bridge as the sun sets or on a sunny day – that’s an unbeatable view and the perks of being at King’s.

Great Dover Street Apartments

One of the great things about Great Dover Street is its location. GDSA is located in Borough, with the station being only a few minutes away it is really well connected. London Bridge station is also only a few minutes away so travelling around London has never been easier. Another perk is that Borough Market is also nearby, so if you ever fancy strolling through for delicious food or other amenities then you can do so with easy. It can get a little crowded at times, but that just goes to show how popular it is, and you wouldn’t want to miss out. Being so close to London Bridge, you also get the amazing view of The Shard. If you’re lucky (like me), you’ll be able to see The Shard from your room at GDSA. It isn’t difficult to find fun activities to do or new restaurant to try out with there being so much nearby.

GDSA Common Room

Staying at GDSA gives you free access to the onsite gym. Not only is that great, but you also get off-peak access to other King’s gyms located around London, such as the one at Waterloo. With great facilities available to you there’s no reason why you wouldn’t take advantage. You can easily organise your schedule to include a quick stop to the gym and enjoy the rest of your day. GDSA also has a common room that offers free printing to all its residents – which is really helpful if you didn’t bring a printer to your new halls. The common room also has two TVs and access to Netflix so you and a group of friends could hang out and enjoy watching all the latest shows available.

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