Before you arrive - Undergraduate

Studying at undergraduate level for the first time may be exciting, but it can also be stressful. Below is a handy list of things to remember before you start your undergraduate course.

 

1. Fees and Funding

Different courses have different fees, and there are also different requirements depending on whether you are a ‘Home’ or ‘Overseas’ student, so make sure you check what applies to you.

If you are applying for a maintenance loan, ensure you know how much you applied for and when it will be paid to you.

 

2. Bursaries

South Thames College group has a number of bursaries for 2019 entry, which may help with additional costs.

To be eligible to apply, you will need to have applied for the full maintenance loan amount, and enabled Student Finance England to share your details with the College.

 

3. Students with a disability or specific learning difficulty

If you have a long-term condition or disability, you may be entitled to additional support from the government in the form of Disabled Student Allowance (DSA).

The term 'disability' covers a range of conditions, including dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties, mental health conditions and physical disabilities.

If you're not sure whether you qualify for support, contact our Student Support Services team. See our DSA page for details.

 

4. Accommodation

If you're moving into new accommodation then make sure you have finalised your accommodation arrangements before you arrive. The College doesn’t own its own accommodation, however there are a number of accommodation providers locally – see our Accommodation page for details.

 

5. International students

If you are an international student (Non-UK/EU/EEA/Swiss) then you'll need a visa to study at Kingston. See our International student pages for further details.

 

6. Budgeting

You may find it useful to know how and when your maintenance loan payments come in, so that you can plan ahead. Some students choose to take a part-time job when studying – if you do, please ensure that you leave yourself enough time to study, complete assignments – and of course, socialise!

 

7. Enrolment – first part

You may be required to complete the first part of your enrolment online. When this is open for 2019, you will be sent detailed instructions on how to do so by email. Make sure that you regularly check your junk/spam folder in case it’s been diverted from your inbox.

 

8. Medical

If you’re not already registered with a local GP, dentist, opticians etc. you may wish to do so. It’s also a good idea to make a note of your National Insurance Number, and make sure all of your vaccinations are up-to-date (the NHS recommends that new students get the Men ACWY vaccine).

 

9. Insurance

Check with your accommodation provider if you need to arrange contents insurance. Some providers have insurance policies that cover their students' belongings. Endsleigh is the official insurance service of the National Union of Students and offers a policy specifically for international students. You can find out more about how to arrange your own contents insurance on the MoneySupermarket website.

 

10. Local travel

You may wish to familiarise yourself with local bus routes and how to get to the nearest railway stations. Citymapper has a great website/app to help with this, or you can visit TfL Journey Planner for help with planning particular trip.

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