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Tips for your September arrival at the International Study Centre

Here are some tips to help you get ready to study in Kingston upon Thames, London.

With September just about the corner, now is the time to start preparing for your exciting journey to London! If you’re feeling a little nervous, take a breath and relax. We have gathered some tips to help you prepare and settle into life abroad.

At Kingston University London - International Study Centre, term starts Tuesday 13th September. Be sure to arrive on time for induction at 10am at the International Study Centre.

Be prepared

Before catching your flight to London, you’re going to want to be sure that you have everything you need. You’ll be able to buy most things you need once you arrive, but there are some things you will need to bring from home.

Before you leave:

  • Confirm your accommodation
  • Book your flights
  • Complete the pre-arrival form
  • Book your taxi transfer

It is really important that you make copies of all your documents. Different documents will be needed throughout your journey to London and during your first week.

What to bring with you on your first day:

  • Evidence of your Secure English language test
  • Passport and visa
  • Sponsor letter (if you are being sponsored)

Make sure you’ve downloaded our pre-arrival guide. This guide covers what else you will need and the documents you will want to carry with you while travelling.

Get involved

After you’ve arrived and settled in, take this opportunity to meet your classmates and say hello to your new neighbours. The other students will be feeling many of the same things you are. Talking to each other will help to ease any nerves.

During your first week you will have a complete introduction to the University, London and the International Study Centre. This week is often called “induction”. Throughout the week there will be a range of fun activities for new students. Be sure you arrive on time and prepared for induction. After induction you will have the opportunity to find scheduled events on campus and clubs or societies to join.


After you’ve met your neighbours and attended induction, you might have some extra time to explore your new home city. London is a multicultural city with lots of great food and entertainment. With a world-famous literary and art history, the city is host to dozens of free museums and historic landmarks.

For first time visitors, guided city tours can be a great way to learn the layout of your new home. London has a great transportation system, including buses and the tube. There are even city bikes you can rent for an hour or the whole day to tour the city.

September is an exciting time to head to London, with a lot of annual events and festivals taking place.

Happening in September:

  • London Fashion Week – One of the “Big Four” global fashion weeks, happening twice each year in London.
  • Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival – Experience this 140-year-old tradition to celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest with traditional entertainment.
  • London Wonderground – A fantastic and magical festival at Southbank Centre, featuring circus, cabaret, and family entertainment.

Remember, no matter how you choose to spend your free time, your fellow students are feeling nervous too. It can be hard being far from home. Take some friends with you to explore! Keep in mind, our International Study Centre staff are always available to help.

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