I really would thoroughly reccomend Kingston Uni to other students. I did my three year undergraduate degree there and had a great time. I met loads of good friends and got a 2:1, which I was pleased with.
I was most impressed with the quality of teaching. They gave the impression that they really cared, but didn't give me hassle over the small stuff, which made me respect them. The course was very much off your own steam, but it had a great structure too.
Lots of events are organized by the SU, but I didn't get too involved with it! Erm, all looked like fun though, should have done some writing for the S U magazine, but was a lazy woman!
Clubs and Societies
Loads of Clubs and Societies going on at Kingston. Always fancied having a go at the Scuba diving club and the hockey! Don't join the gym, as it's a bit smelly, but dead cheap if you haven't got much money.
All sorts of religious and other soceities going on. I didn't join any, but when the various groups held open days etc, I did go along a couple of times, which was really interesting, to see different people's points of view.
Stayed at home while at Uni, to save the money (living above my means takes on a whole new meaning with me!)but friends were really happy with their shared houses. Some lived in a really nice block of flats just near uni that were quite affordable for what you got.
I heard that the halls were a bit cramped, but it's only ever for a year, so.....
Well, I would have liked a swimming pool, but..... Loads of computers, even more now! But you did have to pay for the printing, which ended up a bit costly, but I think people would take liberties if there wasn't a charge.
The bar at Kinght's Park, the art campus is good, always full and great atmosphere. The one at Penrhyn road.... not so much!
Course and Lecturers
Tutorials were encouraged, which I found great, as the one to one attention really helped to get me focused on what I needed to do and run my ideas past the lecturers. The Creative Writing department was fairly new when I got there, but the teachers were all brilliant! I didn't need much more than that, but they were always available to help, as long as you showed that you were focused.
There's always lots of gigs going on in the pubs around the Uni (The Cock, The Grey Horse etc) and they are loads of fun, would reccommend. There is also lots of chavvy clubs in Kingston if you like that sort of thing. One of them is Oceana, others include The Works etc. Not of advise: you would probably need to enjoy your night being MC'd by Anthony Costa (Ex Blue band menber) to enjoy this sort of thing.
I was fairly lucky, as I finished my degree in June 06 and started working in July 06. I was prepared for a big wait though, as a lot of people had said that it's very competitive to go out into the world of work. I'm now working in a publishers and very much enjoying it! I definitely couldn't get the job I have got without my degree.
I'm really enjoying the course and the whole of uni life! I'd recommend it to almost anyone and if you're willing to work hard then kingston's the place for you.
The union seems good but I haven't got involved in a lot of the things, maybe they should advertise more. The bars are great tho and put on good gigs.
Clubs and Societies
There's a massive range of clubs and societies at Kingston, including sports clubs, religious clubs, hobbies, collections etc etc. The Christian Union is great and all the clubs are good because you get to meet people who aren't on your course.
I'm living in Middle Mill Halls which are self catered, non ensuite rooms. The rooms are a lot bigger than i expected with ample kitchens and lots of storage space. The rooms are light and set in friendly flat groups. I share with 7 others and love it so much! Its definitely worth the money and the friends you make are amazing!
The bars are nice (there are 4) there's a subway on one campus as well as shops, libraries etc. The libraries are well equipped but could maybe do with more computers.
Course and Lecturers
The tutors are lovely, very helpful and take a personal interest in your studies. Its obvious they really care how we are and how well we do. They always have time for us and offer much needed advice. We ususally get as much one on one attention as we need and its very helpful.
Kingston's a great place to live because it has all you could ever need: pubs, clubs, bars, cinema, shops, bowling etc etc but its all close enough to london that you can go out there easily and cheaply. Bar Eivissa is the best bar in Kingston, but check out Bacchus and Oceana too.
After foundation you can apply to do your degree at Kingston because its reputable in most art courses, also there are lots of job prospects in london and kingston students tend to do quite well.