Favourite Places on Campus: The Strand

Upon visiting Strand campus for the first time, about a year ago, on a tour for prospective students of King’s, I couldn’t help but think: “This is where I want to exist. This is the kind of place I can see myself happy to return to every day”. In the year that has elapsed since I felt that great first impression, those thoughts haven’t changed. Read on for the places on Strand that I love most…


The Courtyard Outside the King’s Building
A bonus if you enter through Somerset House, the courtyard is my favourite spot to get some fresh air between classes or have something to eat on a nice day. When it’s sunny and the light bounces off the cobblestones… magic.

Bush House, 8th floor South Terrace
The newest addition to Strand campus, Bush House is absolutely beautiful. It’s no secret that the whole building feels a bit glamorous, but you’ll most likely find me in the cafe of the South Terrace on the eighth floor, where you can overlook a panorama of the city. If you catch an early winter sunset, it’s incredible to see the sky painted orange and pink over sweeping views of London.

The Maughan Library
You’ll inevitably spend a lot of time here as a student at King’s, so it’s fortunate that the Maughan is so lovely. I find I’m the most productive when I’m in the round room on the first floor, surrounded by books and able to work in total silence. The skylight definitely helps brighten things up, but this room is the cosiest place to be on a rainy day as well.






The Macadam Building Terrace

Clearly there’s a bit of a theme going here – I love places with big windows boasting beautiful views and a chance to get outside. Yet another place to catch a glimpse of London over the river, the cafe and terrace in the Macadam building is another favourite of mine to soak up some sun when it’s warm or have a chance to breathe in a little fresh air while sat with a meal or a book.Enjoy this while you can, as I believe the Macadam building won’t be with us much longer!






King’s Building Cafe

On the first floor of the King’s building is a cafe that makes a great meeting spot. I love the winding stairs to the upper level, where you can watch the lunchtime bustle from above.







Stay tuned for a follow up on my favourite spots in Holborn, the London borough to which Strand campus calls home… Until then, enjoy the perfect little places on Strand that you may not have explored before!

Issabella Orlando

Preparing for Exams

It’s the time of the year again; exams…and SUMMER!
Looking back at May 2017 when I took my first final year exam in university, all I remember is “last minute cramping”. Every time, after a deadline or an exam, I always asked myself, “Why didn’t you start revising earlier?”, “Why didn’t you plan out your schedule?”. To be super honest, I did! For the May exams, I planned a 3 month schedule and revised all topics repeatedly, but what I revised just didn’t stay in my brain. I was so tired, stressed, devastated, exhausted, anything negative: you can name. But no matter how many times I nearly gave up, I didn’t want to waste what I had done, so I have to at least do what I can still do. When the cycle of stressing starts, giving up and then being motivated repeats. It wasn’t until the last few days before my exams when what I revised magically came back!

  • Repeated exposure to exam content does amazing things to your brain that you don’t even recognise until the exact moment that you need it.
  • There will always be exam stress, and a good amount of it will actually motivate and bring the best out of your capabilities!

I hate reading – like, really! I find myself working much faster listening to lecture capture, watching animations online and copying key points again and again. Hence, understanding what type of learner you are and mode of studying that is most effective for you would make revision much more efficient.

Are you a Visual Learner? Do flowcharts, use colours, write down key points, put stickies around your room!
An Auditory Learner? Discuss with a friend, listen to lecture capture, read to yourself repeatedly!
A Kinaesthetic Learner? Copy notes over and over again, move about when studying, trace keywords!

My best tips would be:

  • Start planning now – it is never too late to start!
  • Find your mode of learning
  • Repeat exam content revision in cycles
  • Take breaks in between, give yourself a treat!
  • Motivation – SUMMER will be there after all your hard work!







Last but not least, TELL YOURSELF YOU CAN DO IT! Work hard, don’t let yourself regret after you get your grades and enjoy summer!

Teenie Wong

Teenie is a Hong Kong-born, Biomedical Science student at King’s. She has always been fascinated and inspired by people around her and especially with her experiences at King’s, London and high school days in the countryside in Shropshire. She hopes to use her international background to connect people around her by sharing stories, and develop a greater sense of family at King’s. 

The Emotional Experience of Moving

When I first decided to uproot my life in Toronto, Canada and relocate to London, where I’m now based and which now feels more like home than anyplace else, I felt completely numb to the emotional side of such a colossal change. In the months leading up to the monumental move I was about to make, I found myself so caught up in a dizzying blur of to do lists and preparations that I forgot to consider the profound effect that leaving the place in which I grew up and starting anew in a city where I knew virtually nobody would have on me. And then finally, in the weeks leading up to my move, the emotions associated with a completely life-altering change finally hit me like a ton of bricks. All at once, I could feel the excitement, the fear, the joy, the sadness so intensely, as if having just woken up from a deep sleep. During this weird and wonderful stage of change and growth, I struggled for the first time with communication — I didn’t feel I could adequately express the experience and the emotions it stirred within me in words written or spoken. Feeling in between homes and countries was something I’d never experienced before, and I’d definitely be glamourising this whole process if I didn’t admit that along with the excitement came a slew of other emotions I didn’t even know I was capable of feeling.

There was a sense of displacement as I tied up loose ends in the home I’d always known but didn’t yet feel ready to get life’s tangled ball of yarn rolling again in another place; I was not necessarily lost, but floating in the space between where I had always been and where I wanted to be. But I truly cannot describe how freeing it was, knowing I was about to venture into the unknown, diving into a new experience head first, unattached to the anchors of the life I used to have. Aspects of such a drastic change can of course be daunting; but then again, they say to do something every day that scares you, and I can’t help but still feel that chasing this dream and making a change that scared me half to death might just have been the best decision I’ve ever made.

There was also the undeniable heartache that came each time I’d look at someone I cared about and wonder when I’d see them again. The relationships we build when we stay in one place are often bridges connecting entities that share nothing in common except proximity, so I often wondered who would remain once those bridges were stretched across an ocean. But overall I was able to make peace with the idea that many of the souls we meet stay with us only long enough to teach us something valuable before parting ways, and I can confidently say that I have found so much to learn from everyone I have been connected to, through both positive and negative encounters. A select few goodbyes were not easy, but when it comes to those chosen few, I left them knowing our paths would cross again and our farewells would only be temporary.

The best analogy I can think of to describe the whole of this experience is one of geology; when tectonic plates drift apart at divergent boundaries, the earth’s liquid mantle swells in the gap between them to form a new crust. How renewing it has been, to grow distant from what no longer serves me and to be reborn again in another place, only connected to what I deliberately chose to hold on to by a single jagged edge. That is why I dreamt this dream. That is why I meant it when I always said I’d go someplace far away. That is why I’ll probably never stop searching for the chance to make space for myself in someplace new and unfamiliar. I’d take this bittersweet buildup in exchange for the chance to be made brand new again every single time. And I’d encourage anyone with the opportunity to trade the familiar for the strange, exciting, terrifying unknown to do the same, over and over again.

Issabella is a Toronto-born, London-based Ancient History student. She has always been an avid writer, fascinated by antiquity, travel and world issues. Inspired by the ancient past, she hopes to use her background in classical studies to as a foundation of insight from which she can better understand social, cultural and political issues within the modern world, develop a greater appreciation for the destinations of her adventures around the globe, and write her own works addressing the interconnectivity of her three loves.

Why You Should be An Ambassador (Pt. 2)

Welcome back! This is a continuation of my previous blog post on the same topic (this tends to happen a lot… maybe I should try being a bit more succinct in my writing). Anyway, if you’re still on the fence about applying for the scheme, perhaps the next points will change your mind:

2. Develop your skills

Because you’re given immense freedom to select your tasks from the portal, you can either play to your strengths and apply for jobs that are right down your league, or you could step out of your comfort zone and try something completely different. Whichever the case, your competence in that area will certainly grow as a result. To illustrate my point, here are the main skills that I personally feel I’ve seen improvements in:

  • Writing skills
    I’ve always had a passion for writing, so I seized at the chance to contribute to the university’s international blog (such as the one you’re reading right now!). Choosing to pursue a healthcare degree meant having to peruse and produce numerous scientific reports on a regular basis, so I’m sure you can imagine how this is a much-appreciated break from the monotony of methodical writing. Well, that got depressing really quickly, so let’s move swiftly onto the next point:
  • Communication skills
    This is pretty much a no-brainer! Speaking to new people forms the basis of what an ambassador does, so you can expect to improve your communication skills by leaps and bounds as you progress through the years. Speaking in front of the camera terrifies me to no end, but I still took on the challenge of hosting a Facebook live-streaming session during an open day last summer, and I’m now one step closer towards conquering my fear!
    Furthermore, delivering weekly campus tours to groups of different demographics and nationalities has developed into somewhat of a routine for me, and I’ve found myself getting much more comfortable at public speaking. Also, I’ve been a phone operator for the Clearing call centre for two years now — the role really challenges you to adapt your approach depending on the student’s emotional state and to give crystal clear responses to avoid any confusion.
  • Problem solving ability
    You’ll be surprised, but incidents do occur even in something as innocuous as an orientation event! Last summer, since I was leading a game involving visuals and auditory effects in a closed hall, many of the participants didn’t so much as flinch even when the building’s fire alarm started buzzing at full volume. I had to lead the students out calmly, and this was made all the more challenging considering it was their first day of university! This is obviously a bit far down the spectrum, but things do happen and you’ll need to think on your feet to keep problems from getting out of hand.

3. Integrate into kings

This point resonates with me particularly as an international student because being an ambassador played a huge role in me acclimatising to the university community. I was surrounded by an amazing group of people, namely my marketing managers and fellow ambassadors who were incredibly accommodating to me. Also, I began to know the university inside out through giving campus tours and working with various departments across the institution.

4. Give back to the university

As nice as it is to develop yourself through the scheme, it’s also immensely gratifying to give back to the community by helping:

  • New students
    Ambassadors are employed during Welcome Week to help students move into residences, manage queues for ID collections and deliver culture shock quizzes to name a few. You may also get the opportunity to call 1st year students to check in on how they’re getting on and provide them with any sage advice you might have garnered as a senior.
  • Promote King’s to the world!
    The university is regularly visited by students from all corners of the world, and you might get the opportunity to not only share some of your experiences with them, but also deliver “Welcome to King’s” presentations as well. Some jobs might even involve you travelling to schools or attend education fairs to represent King’s.

As I had alluded to in the previous blog, signing up for the ambassador scheme was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made at King’s. Since I’m getting precariously close to my graduation, I would like to end this article by thanking everyone who had helped make my journey as an ambassador such a pleasant one, particularly that one friend of mine who had given me just enough confidence to click ‘send’ on my application document all those years ago.

Why You Should be An Ambassador! (Part. 1)

When I first heard about the Student Ambassador Scheme at King’s, it was just my second week in London and I was still very much a stranger struggling to get my bearings in the city. I had quickly brushed away the seemingly incredulous idea of me applying for the scheme until one of my friends urged me to push past my insecurities and give the application a shot.

Looking back now from my vantage point in 2018, I can’t even begin to imagine what my university life would have been like if I hadn’t signed up to be an ambassador in my first year. Through the numerous tasks that I had been appointed to over the years, I’ve grown so much as an individual and forged friendships that I know I’ll cherish beyond my graduation day.

Meet new friends through the ambassador scheme!

Meet new friends through the ambassador scheme!

In this blog post, I’ll attempt to do what my friend did for me all those years ago — to hopefully nudge you towards filling in that application form and starting your university journey in the best way possible. To kick things off, I’ll briefly explain what the ambassador scheme is. There are five branches of the programme, each specialising in a different area such as the university’s outreach efforts, guided tours of the campuses and subject/course-specific work.

These branches basically dictate what jobs you’re eligible for, so for instance, a campus tour guide will predominantly deliver tours as opposed to engaging in widening participation efforts. There are a myriad of opportunities to work throughout the year, so it’s a fantastic way to earn some pocket money in between lectures or even during the summer break! With all that cleared up, let’s jump right into why you should be a King’s ambassador:

1. A world of opportunities await you!

From the jobs listed on the portal, you’re free to choose whichever ones you’re available for, so that means every ambassador’s experience is unique. Here are just a few examples of what I’ve been involved in so far:

  • Events at King’s

Times Higher Education organised the 2017 World Academic Summit at King’s, and it was an incredible honour being in the same venue as many distinguished leaders in the education sector. Adding to the thrill of it all was finding out the new university rankings as they were announced in real time! Equally humbling was my involvement in the launch of the King’s Business School last year in Bush House, which you might know as the former BBC World headquarters.

Furthermore, I’ve been invited to play the violin at the Desmond Tutu Scholarship Dinner for the last two years! Phyllida Lloyd, the director of the film adaptation of Mamma Mia! and The Iron Lady was the keynote speaker at the event last year, but I was glad to have not been informed of her attendance until after my performance!

Me playing the violin at the Desmond Tutu Scholarship event.

Me playing the violin at the Desmond Tutu Scholarship event.

  • Open Day tasks

King’s takes its open days very seriously, as the university is committed to providing the most intuitive and informative experience for its future students. Dozens of ambassadors will be on campus to perform a multitude of tasks, such as representing their faculties to answer course-specific questions, delivering campus and residential tours, and giving general directions.

One of my most memorable roles during an open day was leading a live streaming session on Facebook. As an international student, this was especially satisfying for me as I understood the frustration of not being able to attend an open day due to the sheer cost of travelling abroad. Besides delivering a tour of Guy’s Campus, I also interviewed members of staff from various departments on topics such as admission guidelines, study abroad opportunities and accommodation details.

Immerse yourself in the rich history of King’s through delivering campus tours!

Immerse yourself in the rich history of King’s through delivering campus tours!

  •  Assist various teams at King’s

The marketing team is mainly who you’ll be working with as an ambassador, but other departments will seek out your help for their events as well. The International Advice team organises dedicated welcome sessions for new international students, as well as social spaces during Christmas to provide that extra sense of belonging for students who might be unable to return home during the holiday.

Students having some craftwork fun at the Global Lounge during Christmas.

Students having some craftwork fun at the Global Lounge during Christmas.

Other teams that I’ve worked with include the English Language Centre (ELC), where I took on a job as their receptionist during the summer among other tasks. I also assisted with the setting up of the medical students’ practical examination last year. Being a healthcare student myself, the experience was invaluable as it gave me a glimpse of how my own exam will be run.

I’ve only just begun with this list (yes, I’m quite long-winded if you can’t tell already), so stay tuned for the next half of my blog post where I divulge 3 more reasons for why you should don that striking red ambassador t-shirt.

Student Life & Why You should Participate


I believe I am paraphrasing Woody Allen when I am saying that 80 percent of life is just showing up.

Although I just had a discussion way too early in the morning in my kitchen regarding the exact extent to which this statement rings true, I am sure there is a lot of truth in it when you apply the sentiment to university life – especially the first few weeks!

The thought of studying in a big city can be daunting at times and I get that, possibly feeling lost in the anonymity of the crowds flooding the metropolis, and as strange as it might sound, the trick is to immerse yourself in it… the craze, the buzz, the pulse – hey, just dive right in. When you start your course you’re not all by yourself anyway! King’s in one way or another is an anchor, a community for you to make friends and even explore things outside of your field of study.

Find yourself in the heart of the city – make the most of your time at King’s!

King’s will throw a lot of event opportunities at you: department mixers, subject discussions, career workshops, sector insights talks, society events, you name it. Your social calendar (and I mean social in a very loose sense, after all social and academic / professional greatly overlap here) can be as full as you like and I really do encourage you to keep yourself busy! This is where Woody comes back in again: show up, that’s all I’m saying. Things will also calm down as term goes by, so it won’t always be as hectic as the first handful of weeks, but it’s a wonderful time window for you to meet lots and lots of new people and discover what uni life has to offer.

Even if socialising with people you have never met before isn’t your favourite thing to do, I still encourage you to give it a chance! Let’s say you attend a welcome drinks event hosted by your new department, these two scenarios are very likely to happen:

Option A: You are quite the extrovert and you spend the evening happily engaging with new peers, perfect!

Option B: You feel a bit alone in this unfamiliar situation, but guess what, you are definitely not the only person who feels this way, so spot your allies at the event. You can bond over mutual perceived awkwardness. Oh, and it’s always a smart move to congregate around the snacks table I’d say!

Keep an open mind and be curious!

Student societies in particular can be such a vital part of your time at King’s. I remember even going to a KCL Folk Society meet-up in my first year, which didn’t go that well, since I’m neither very familiar with lots of folk tunes, nor particularly good at side reading music. But hey, I found out that wasn’t the right fit for me. However, I had a fantastic time going to events organised by the Film Society, or the King’s Players Improv group. I even got to participate in open mic nights and other musical events organised by the King’s Record and those are genuinely some of my favourite memories! A lot of my friends also got to travel with the societies they’re in as well and not just sports based societies, as the Ukulele Society also went abroad too.

Bottom line line is, as time goes by you’ll find your people, you’ll figure out how you want to spend your time. But the best way to find out is to give it an honest shot. Like Woody said, 80 percent is just showing up, and that is really something very, very doable!

Written by King’s student, Bea Redweik

Food Glorious Food (Part 2)

Welcome back to the second part of this miniseries, where I once again attempt to unleash my inner food blogger by giving you some suggestions for eating in London. I’ve learnt from experience not to keep a flock of hungry readers waiting, so I’ll skip the chit chat and cut to the chase!

Anyone who has spent any amount of time with me knows better than to let me choose restaurants during group outings, as I’ve got an obsession with burgers that’s bordering on being mildly unhealthy. It also probably doesn’t help that many burger joints here are incredibly student friendly, such as Byron and GBK which are both close to the Waterloo Campus. The latter even has a dedicated app which rewards you with free milkshakes, burgers and sides if you complete their challenges like visiting different branches or trying out several milkshake flavours.

If you’re feeling a tad bit more adventurous, you could head over to Lord Nelson in Southwark to try out their award-winning burgers, complete with a generous helping of potato wedges and salads all at a student price. Speaking of your privileges as a student, don’t forget to flash your student ID/ UNiDAYS account at the till in McDonalds – you’ll get a complimentary cheeseburger or McFlurry with any purchase of a set meal. In fact, just flash your card anywhere you go as you’ll soon realise that the most unexpected places have special deals for students!


Moving on, I’ll shift the limelight to several Malaysian restaurants that do a great job at quenching my sporadic cravings for home food. Roti King near Euston dishes up the best Roti Canai that I have tasted in London, and their Teh Tarik is top notch as well. The former is a type of flatbread that’s typically dipped in curry, whereas the latter is our national tea with a characteristic frothy top. In my opinion, C&R in Chinatown serves the best Nasi Lemak here – this is fragrant rice, steamed with coconut milk and served with chili paste, anchovies, cucumbers and other ingredients.

Nasi lemak & Teh tarik

Malaysia’s national dish & beverage                    Nasi lemak & Teh tarik

Staying on the topic of Asian cuisine, EatTokyo near the Strand Campus is currently my go-to restaurant for great Japanese food. Their quick service and reasonable pricing make it a viable option for lunch if you’re based at Strand for the day. If your break duration permits, you could make your way to Dozo in Soho which offers a heavily discounted lunch menu on weekdays. Ramen lovers should definitely try out Shoryu and Kanada Ya – their broths are rather different so it’ll be up to you to determine which one appeals to you more!

Other notable student discounts include the ones offered by Leon throughout the day, and Itsu after 3pm. Some Itsu and Wasabi branches even feature a half-price offer near their closing times, so be sure to watch out for those! Furthermore, your NUS card will help you get more bang for your buck at Pizza Express and Pizza Hut, the former of which has whopping discounts of up to 40%. If you need a pick-me-up at the start of the week, head over to My Old Dutch for their aptly named “Monday Madness” offer. Their pancakes are positively delectable!

And that’s it! This is literally all I can write before my entire keyboard gets inundated by saliva, so you’ll have to do a bit of exploring on your own to scout for other great eateries. A helpful tip would be to use Yelp, TripAdvisor and other apps to narrow down places that have garnered good reviews by other patrons. Now go forth and fill your tummy, but just remember to use your good ol’ frying pan once in a while!

Food Glorious Food (Part 1)

Allow me to let you in on a little secret – I can’t cook to save my life. I’m not exaggerating when I say that whipping out a bowl of steamed rice last week was probably the peak of my culinary pursuits. Come to think of it, the recipe handbook that my mother lovingly crafted for me has regrettably not seen daylight since Fresher’s Week (sorry, mum). However, if you’re anything like me, fret not! London is probably the best city for eating out due to the myriad of eateries scattered throughout its busy streets. In these 2 blog posts, I’ll attempt to highlight some of my favourite food spots, as well as several nifty discounts that come with being a student (note that these may be subject to change in the future).

To kicks things off, I’ll start with the most accessible student option during lunchtime – King’s restaurants. Dining here will help you stay on your weekly budget, and you’ll be surprised by the assortment of options available on the ever-changing menu. Anyone who can’t live without their weekly fish and chips – yours truly included – will rejoice at their Friday special, which is usually battered haddock or cod served with chips and mushy peas.

King's Cafe in New Hunt's House, Guy's campus

King’s Cafe in New Hunt’s House, Guy’s campus

Furthermore, there are also on-site cafés for all the sleepy-heads who need a little extra help to stay awake between lectures. Get one of the colourful King’s mugs to save 10p on each purchase, and you’ll be doing both your wallet and the environment a huge favour in the long run! If you’re at Guy’s, you’re spoiled for more options as there’s a burger shack on the beach, a farmers’ market that’s held every Tuesday, and a vibrant student hub called “The Shed” which serves coffee at a very affordable price.

The Farmer's Market, Guy's Campus

The Farmer’s Market, Guy’s Campus

If you crave street food, you’ll be delighted to know that Borough Market is a mere stone’s throw away from Guys Campus. And if you like free things, you’ll most certainly appreciate the complementary samples that some of the stalls give out! My favourite stall there is Pieminister, which serves delectable pies that are the perfect panacea for a chilly London day.

Borough market

Borough market, near Guy’s Campus

Waterloo-based students shouldn’t feel left out either, as the Lower Marsh Market and Southbank Food Market are merely a swift stroll away from their campuses. These are open on weekdays and weekends respectively, so the former would be a feasible option for your weekday lunch. I personally recommend the pad Thai stalls in both markets, although that might just be due to me being a sucker for Thai cuisines!

Southbank Centre Food Market

Southbank Centre Food Market

Meal deals are a staple in most local supermarkets or food chains, and the one offered by Greggs is arguably the best option for students right now. With a mere brandish of your student ID, you’ll get a sausage roll or sweet completely free of charge with your sandwich deal. As if that weren’t enough, you can also collect stamps with your hot drinks which are already part of the deal anyway! You can find one of these branches adjacent to the Strand Campus and another in Lower Marsh. Go a step further by watching out for steeply discounted sandwiches near their expiry dates at your local Boots, Sainsbury’s or Tesco.

Before I divulge the rest of my eating-out habits (there are a lot of them in case you couldn’t tell), I think it’s apt for me to stop here for now. Go grab some snacks and maybe a cup of hot chocolate from our trusty King’s Café, and I’ll catch you in the next instalment of my gastronomic adventure!

What not to miss as a new student in London


King’s Senior International Officer, Stephanie Limuaco, wrote a blog contribution for Study London – the Mayor of London’s arm for promoting the city as a higher education destination!

We’re ready to welcome you to London with open arms, and universities like King’s College London make it possible for you to make the most of the city from the moment you arrive. In this article, learn how to navigate the city centre and instantly become a Londoner!

Read more here

5 Social Tips for International Students

Your suitcase is crammed with everything from kitchen appliances to your favourite stuffed animal, your new shoes are polished and ready to trample the streets of London, and you’ve packed every local delicacy that has ever existed in your hometown for the pangs of homesickness that will inevitably strike you. “So, what’s next?”, you might ask yourself. Well, there really isn’t anything else you need to do at this stage, but if you want to be one step ahead of everyone else, here are some tips I’ve compiled that might help to give you a kick-start. The first chunk of this 2-part series will focus on the social aspects of being a student, whereas the next one will be slightly more general.

If you’re stepping foot onto foreign soil for the first time, it’ll be absolutely normal for you to experience some form of apprehension as you wander through the city looking for a familiar face. However, what’s important to keep in mind is that you’re far from being the only international student in the university, and that you’re actually part of a diverse group of individuals who hail from all corners of the world.

A great way to meet new acquaintances (and hopefully, besties) would be to attend the orientation parties held in student halls during the first move-in days. Get to know your housemates as well, and if any of them are locals they’ll be able to lend you a hand in familiarising yourself with the city. You’ll be staying with them for an entire year, so it’s certainly important to build a good rapport with them early on. Nevertheless, in the unlikely event that you don’t enjoy staying at your current residence, you can swap your room with someone else’s after a month – it’s as simple as filling in a form!

You might also want to partake in several Welcome Week events organised by KCLSU, such as pub quizzes, picnics and campus tours. One of the main thing I was worried of before coming here was that I would be excluded from social events since I don’t drink alcohol, but I found that to be entirely untrue! Pubs and bars were rather foreign to me, and I was genuinely afraid of entering them solely due to my fear of the unknown. However, I’ve realised that they’re essentially just more casual versions of restaurants, and non-drinkers can always order an alternative beverage such as fruit juices and nobody will disparage you for doing that. If they do, then they clearly aren’t worthy of being your friends, wouldn’t you agree?

I can’t emphasise my next tip more — attend the Welcome Fair at the Barbican! It was literally a life-changer for my university experience, as it led me to join numerous societies that have been a huge part of my life these two years. As its name suggests, the Welcome Fair puts all King’s societies on display in one massive venue, and the best part is that you’re free to browse through all of them at your own leisure. You might even encounter several societies that you had not previously been exposed to and who knows? You could end up uncovering a hidden talent that might take you all the way to the bright lights of the West End.

Whilst you’re at the fair, I would also recommend scouting and joining your country’s dedicated society at King’s (if there is one). When everything seems all too foreign, it can feel very comforting to know a group of your fellow countrymen who are in the exact predicament as you, and can understand exactly what you’re going through. Besides, one of them can probably whip up a convincingly authentic meal from back home, so that’s a plus! Also, don’t forget to pick up your very own NUS card which would typically be sold at the fair – it’ll get you many student discounts for a variety of essential items and services.

Lastly, attend your induction! King’s has designed a ‘Welcome to King’s Guide’ this year which you can download onto your device. I’ll leave you to peruse that while I put on the final touches for the sequel to this article. Make sure to check that out later!