International students at King's College London

King's College London, situated in the heart of the bustling city, stands as a prestigious institution with a history rooted in academic distinction since its establishment in 1829. Embracing a global community, the university warmly welcomes students from across the world, fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. With a commitment to providing a world-class education, King's College London is a beacon for those seeking transformative academic experiences. The institution values the unique perspectives and cultural richness that international students contribute to its vibrant campus, making it an ideal choice for individuals aspiring to thrive in a globally minded academic community.

International Student

International Student Insurance

Having reliable health insurance should be a top priority for international students in case of an accident or the need to see a doctor while studying abroad. The university has an on-campus health center, and you should register with it upon your arrival. If you'll be in the UK for over six months, you can access the National Health Service (NHS) like any UK resident, but some medical conditions and repatriation might not be covered, so having health insurance is crucial. If your course is under six months, you'll be treated as a private patient and will have to pay for doctor visits, medication, and hospital treatment, as well as dental and optical care. It's essential to get insurance before your travel to cover these costs.

King’s College London Students’ Union KCLSU offers close to 300 societies, sports and other student activity groups for you to join. Engage and connect with fellow international students through a wide range of societies and clubs offering a diverse range of student-led societies catering to various interests and cultures. Whether you're passionate about music, sports, or your home country's culture, you'll find a welcoming community and opportunities to make lifelong friendships.

Arriving from abroad and need assistance with storing your belongings?

Easystorage, conveniently located at HQ Unit 23, Uxbridge Trade Park, Cowley Miller Street, offers secure storage solutions for students. Whether you need to store your luggage during vacations or excess items throughout the academic year, they provide reliable and affordable services.

Contact them at +44 (0) 80 0061 4091 to discuss your storage requirements and make your bookings.

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The VISA & INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADVICE, is your go-to resource for any questions or concerns you may have. They offer guidance on immigration matters, visa extensions, and adapting to life in the UK. Reach out to them at +44 (0)20 7848 7001 or visit their office to seek advice, attend workshops, and connect with other international students facing similar experiences.

Enhance your language skills and improve your academic writing through language support programs. The King's Language Centre at Strand, support the international students enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate programs at King's College London. These services include open-access English classes, online self-assessment tools, access to online materials via CANVAS, quick answers to questions through email, and one-on-one tutorials. 

How can I connect with fellow international students?

King's College offers a wide range of clubs and societies that cater to various interests. Joining a club or society related to your interests is a great way to meet both local and international students who share your passions. Check the university's website or inquire about clubs and societies during orientation.

Do I need health insurance as an international student at the King's College London?

Yes, it is important for international students to have comprehensive health insurance coverage during their time at the King's College London.  It is recommended obtaining health insurance that covers medical expenses, emergency evacuation, and repatriation. Providers like AXA, Allianz, or Bupa offer suitable insurance options for international students.

Are there opportunities to celebrate diversity and share my culture? to celebrate diversity and share my culture?

King's College London, like many universities in the UK, values diversity and provides numerous opportunities for students to celebrate their own cultures and share them with others. Cultural societies, events, international food and cuisine, global week are some events to showcase your culture at KCL. Stay updated on the university's event calendar and social media platforms for upcoming cultural events and celebrations.

Where can I find support and guidance as an international student?

The VISA & INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADVICE is a valuable resource for international students at KCL. If you want to make a visit, please attend one of our campus drop-ins at Strand Bush House SE, Waterloo or Guy’s Campus. They offer guidance on immigration matters, visa extensions, and adapting to life in the UK. You can reach out to them through phone or visit their office to seek advice, attend workshops, and connect with other international students.

How can I improve my language skills and academic writing?

The King's Academic Skills for Learning (KEATS) offers a comprehensive academic literacy support for all undergraduate and postgraduate learners. You'll find a range of services to help students in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy develop their academic writing and written language skills. Enroll in these courses if available. You can visit their Learning Development for more details.

Is there a place for spiritual support and connecting with others of similar beliefs?

King's College London, embraces diversity by offering spaces for prayer and worship for various faiths at our multi-faith chaplaincy. The Chapels at the Strand and Guy’s are open for individual prayer and the lighting of candles, and the Chaplaincies on each campus are available for you to just walk in and pour yourself a (free!) cup of tea or coffee and take some time out on a comfortable chair. They hold regular services to ensure that, day by day, the sacred is celebrated in our midst and the members and work of King's are prayed for.

How can I connect with International Student Ambassadors?

International Student Ambassadors are available to answer your questions and share their experiences. You can contact them via email at or connect with them through social media platforms. They can provide valuable insights and advice on studying and living in London, helping you make the most of your university journey.