This article will help you prepare for coming to campus for the 2021-22 academic year.
Before coming to campus you should:
- Read our comprehensive Coronavirus Campus A-Z guide for students and staff and Keeping King's safe together which includes essential guidance such as moving around teaching spaces, meeting rooms, and libraries safely.
- Read Travelling to King's for detailed guidance on travelling to King’s safely on public transport and avoiding peak travel times.
- Plan your journey in advance, to ensure that you arrive at your classes in good time. These are some helpful resources you can use to help you plan:
Important to know:
- When using public transport, you must wear a face covering, unless exempt. For more information on wearing face coverings on public transport, please visit Transport for London (TFL) guidance on face coverings.
- Please also review Coronavirus (COVID-19) safer travel guidance for passengers by GOV.UK before taking any form of public transport.
Protecting health on campus during the pandemic
Protecting the health and wellbeing of our community of students and staff is our priority.
- Face coverings: Wearing a face covering is compulsory inside our buildings, unless you are exempt. This includes the common areas in our residences. To find out more about who is exempt from wearing a face covering please visit KCL Coronavirus: Face coverings.
- Regular testing: You must take COVID tests twice a week using either KCL TEST or a lateral flow test if you are coming to campus. If you are taking the lateral flow test, please report your result and record 'King’s College London SE1 1UL' as your place of education so that your test is registered. This is an essential part of keeping you and others safe and you may be asked to demonstrate that you have taken a test. Remember that you can get a free drink from King’s Food when you show a negative test result.
- Self-isolating & reporting if positive: If you test positive, do not come to campus, please self-isolate and complete the King’s self-isolation reporting form.
- COVID-19 vaccination: We encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated and have the booster vaccine when you are eligible to. Information on where to get the vaccine and booster is available on the NHS: Coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine.
Please familiarise yourself with the information and guidance at KCL Coronavirus, and follow the health and safety measures we have put in place on our campuses and in our residences. We also recommend regularly checking your KCL email for the latest updates from King's.
Keeping King's safe together contains lots of useful information for anyone on campus and there is also a detailed Campus A-Z guide, including details on cleaning regimes and social distancing.
Equipment you will need
When coming to campus, you must bring:
- A face covering - If you are exempt from wearing a face covering, you might want to collect one of our inclusive campus badges.
- Your ID Card - You’ll need to carry your student ID card to gain access to our campuses.
- If you need a replacement ID card, take a look at our article I need a replacement student ID card for the latest guidance.
3. A laptop or a similar device
- Please ensure your laptop/device is fully charged before coming to campus, as some classrooms may not have additional power sockets.
- If you are yet to purchase a laptop for your studies, take a look at our article What equipment do I need for my studies for tips on buying a laptop, and further guidance on how to borrow one from IT.
4. Any additional equipment for your programme of study
- Depending on your programme of study, you may need to purchase specific equipment for your studies. You can find out more information about the equipment you will need within your department/faculty handbook. A copy of your faculty/department handbook is usually sent to your King’s email address.
Study spaces on campus
We are still being careful managing space in our libraries and other study spaces, to protect the health of our community. Our article Where can I study on campus? provides an overview of the available study spaces on each of our campuses.
Important to know: Wherever you are studying on campus, it is important that you follow the latest university guidance to protect your own health and the health of those around you.
Accessibility & inclusivity on King's campuses
King's is committed to providing an accessible and inclusive environment for all of its students, staff and visitors.
To learn more about campus accessibility, you can visit the university's AccessAble (previously DisabledGo) guides: King's College London accessible campus guides. These guides provide images of the King’s buildings, highlighting step free access and accessible facilities.
Inclusive campus badges
In light of COVID-19, we have put measures in place across our campuses to protect the health and wellbeing of our community. Some people, however, may benefit from small adjustments to these measures, for instance where they are exempt from wearing face coverings or need priority lift access.
King’s has produced four badges to help make it easier to get around campus and, where someone is exempt from measures or requires adjustments, let others know – without the need for a long conversation. You can learn more and find your nearest collection point on the Campus A-Z Inclusive campus badges section.
For more details on our approach to inclusivity please check out The King's Community Charter.
How to print, copy and/or scan something on campus
You can print, copy and scan documents from the HP and Samsung multifunction devices (MFDs) in King's student computer rooms and libraries across all campuses. If you plan to come to campus, please make sure you have read our safety guidance and article about booking space in a library or computer room: Where can I study on campus?.
Since the coronavirus pandemic, all student MFDs have been fitted with antibacterial self-cleaning screens so there is no need to clean them before use.
To find out more about how and where you can print on campus:
- For finding computer rooms with printers: Student computing facilities
- For Library printing facilities: Libraries & Collections: Facilities
- For how to use the Follow-Me print, scan and copy machines: Print Scan and Copy Docs
- To top-up your printing credit: Printing Credit Top-up
You use your King's ID card to print, copy and scan.
Important to know: Before photocopying you should be aware of the copyright legislation and user guidelines. The Licensed Copying User Guidelines produced by the Copyright Licensing Agency are displayed by each MFD; for further details see the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Additional special arrangements apply for copying material from Archives and Special Collections.
Parking your bike on campus
All 5 campuses, most King's residences and sport grounds have facilities that allow you to store your bicycle safely. The university has 639 cycling parking spaces, some of which are exclusively for King's staff and students.
You can find out more about how to store your bike safely at each of the campuses by referring to our article Where can I park & secure my bike on campus?
Important to Know: Some of the storage facilities located on campus that are exclusively for King's students and staff members will require ID card access.