Why did I choose this university?
I wanted to study a Marketing degree and Kingston had a variety of marketing courses to choose from. Also I heard Kingston had a good reputation from friends who studied here. They also run a pre-sessional course which I really recommend if you are from a country where English is not your main language. It helped me to adjust to the country, people and lifestyle. I received an offer at the time but I still took the pre-sessional course so I was ready before the course started. I was also concerned about the location. I wanted to live where I felt comfortable and able to focus on my studies. Kingston is a small town that has a country side sense to it but yet it is very well organised and close to London.
My first week
My first week started at Penrhyn campus in Kingston. I met new friends from different countries in the classroom. My teacher was very cool. He sometimes arranged social activities after class like bowling and drinking in the pub. Where I’m from, people don’t go to the pub like the British so it was very unusual for me. The university also arranged a freshers’ event where many local service & shop set up booths and give useful information such as how to get a phone, gym discounts for students, town tours for international students and more. It was overwhelming but exciting. The staff were very friendly and very helpful.
Kingston Hill was my campus for studying my marketing course. It is very close to the town centre and there also free uni-bus running all day. Some friends lived in the student accommodation in the campus which is even closer. The campus is compact but the good thing is you always bump into your friends when they come to campus.
I chose to live in Kingston town centre because I wanted to be in the city. It is very close to the campus, just 10 mins by bus so it is very convenient for me. The town centre is quite small. Everything you need is in walking distance. It feels like a very well organised small village.
My study space
The business school is not so far from the library and very spacious, but more often I studied in the library. I had a study group which included 5 students of different nationalities. We always have to do the group assignment together regardless of the subject. So after class we often stayed and discussed the work in the Nightingale library because there are computers and a coffee shop where we can get some drinks and discuss work at the same time. There was also a private study corner if we needed a quiet area review the lesson individually.
My social life
I enjoyed my life in Kingston most of the time. I liked to walk along the Thames path and try new coffee places. I learned how to cook and how to live by myself. Living there was full of challenges. I never read so much in my life.
I lived in iQ Wave Student Accommodation which is a private student accommodation recommended by Kingston University. The Hall is like a beehive. Each floor divided into 5-6 compounds and each compound has 5-6 rooms sharing a kitchen and bathroom. I had my own bathroom but shared the kitchen and living room with 4 students. It is very close to the Thames river just crossing the road. Nearby we had an Asian supermarket which is amazing, and a weekend market which was very nice to just wander around and get some fresh food.