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King's College London, University of London

Westminster | South East England

Political City

Ucas code: K60

King's is the 'fun' university of London. We're slap bang in the middle of the world's best city, making us a rather big deal. Our five campuses are filled with academically driven, sports loving, volunteering and sociable students, with an active Students' Union who proudly promotes diversity, equality and fairness. Desmond Tutu, Florence Nightingale and John Keats all studied at King's.
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What students say about this university

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    • The upside

      I have 9 hours of tutorials a week on ancient history, art, literature and language.

      2016, 2nd year, Latin Language

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    • Careers

      Good choice of module selection

      2016, 2nd year, Latin Language

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    • Accommodation

      Teaching time is very limited when compared to other universities, you have to be willing to do lots of work alone. The course...

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      2016, 3rd year, Historical & Philosophical Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

      Accommodation

      Teaching time is very limited when compared to other universities, you have to be willing to do lots of work alone. The course is challenging, but limited in what you are actually given to study - if you are a modernist there are barely any options of study. First year is essay heavy with exams at the end. Second year is a mix of essays, presentations and exams. Third year is focussed around dissertations, with other essays and exams on top of this. Feedback is incredibly varied, depending on the tutor and how quickly they mark the work and how much they choose to comment.

      2016, 3rd year, Historical & Philosophical Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Academic Experience

      All modules I've had so far were 1-hour lecture and 1-hour seminar per week. The content is most of the times intellectually...

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      2016, 3rd year, International Politics

      Academic Experience

      All modules I've had so far were 1-hour lecture and 1-hour seminar per week. The content is most of the times intellectually stimulating and interesting, although of course there may be times when you'd find some of them boring - I guess it depends on personal taste and interests, but all of them are relevant to the subject studied. Typically, I am required to submit one 2,500 essay per module, per term, as well as an exam (3 subjects and 3 hours in the first year, 2 subjects and 2 hours in the 2nd and 3rd years). My colleagues who do more economy-oriented modules, such as econometrics, I think have to prepare other types of assignments too. You can always contact the module convenor if you have any problems with the module or want to complain about anything related to the course. We are meant to meet or write to our personal tutors twice per term. Some people have been very lucky to get a good personal tutor with whom they get along well and like to chat, that is not necessarily the case for me.

      2016, 3rd year, International Politics

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    • The upside

      Renting in London is generally very expensive. I think renting a room in a university residence by yourself (not shared with...

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      2016, 3rd year, International Politics

      The upside

      Renting in London is generally very expensive. I think renting a room in a university residence by yourself (not shared with anyone else) is about as costly as having a room privately, keeping in mind the location and the facilities. I am sharing it with my boyfriend, so that really helps with cutting costs. The farther it is, the least expensive the room will be, but the more expensive the transport costs will be, and the other way round. Beware of renting dodgy places and shady contract, as this is a whole business in London! Try to find a room on spareroom.co.uk, or share with university colleagues, although finding this can be quite hard in the first year at uni.

      2016, 3rd year, International Politics

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    • Nightlife

      I lived in halls in first year and moved into a shared house in second year. I started looking about a month before term...

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      2016, 3rd year, Spanish Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

      Nightlife

      I lived in halls in first year and moved into a shared house in second year. I started looking about a month before term started, using several student accommodation websites and the university housing service. In London, I'd say this would generally be a good time to look if you're not in a group, as tenancy start dates can vary and won't necessarily be in line with the academic year. I would always recommend viewing the property in person, and make sure to read the contracts carefully and make sure your deposit is properly protected - landlords and letting agencies sometimes to take advantage of students, assuming they won't be challenged.

      2016, 3rd year, Spanish Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Varied union activities

71%

MED

Political

68%

HIGH

Creative

59%

MED

Diverse local nightlife

71%

MED

Sporty

60%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 98% HIGH
Average graduate salary £24k HIGH

Number of students

28,901

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

61%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

22%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

37%

of students are male

Young / Mature

23%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

31%

of students here are from outside the UK

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