King's College London

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King's College London is a public research university in London, also a constituent college of the federal University of London. It has claims to be the third oldest university in England and was founded in 1829 by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington. Parts of the college is even older with the teaching hospital, formerly St Thomas Hospital, dating back to 1173, with its medical school having been established in 1550. It was one of the two founded colleges of the University of London in 1836 and has continued to grow since due to mergers with other institutions.

International students

There are some 7000 students from outside the UK attending the university from around 150 different countries. As well as the Student Union there are also other facilities on offer to help adjust to life in the UK including the English Language Centre and help with legal paperwork such as visas, money and fees advice and general assistance with getting settled in. The London Student's Union, which later became the King's College London Students Union was founded back in 1873 and has claims to be the oldest in Europe. It provides students with a vast range of activities outside the classroom including over 50 different sports clubs and some 200 activity groups. It operates two bars, a shop and a gym on campus. Its student media came in the top three in the country and has an award winning website. In 2011, the union was responsible for the first student-led think tank in London, which has a membership of around 2000, making it the largest of its kind in Europe. It covers seven different policy areas and assists in lobbying politicians, NGO's and other policymakers. It also produces a peer-reviewed journal each September called The Spectrum.

Campus life

The main campus of the university is called the Strand Campus and is in the area of London with the same name within the City of Westminster, alongside the River Thames. Most of the Schools of Arts and Humanities, Law, Social Sciences and Public Policy and Natural and Mathematical Sciences are based on this campus. Notable buildings include the King's Building (1831), a grade I listed building designed by Sir Robert Smirke and the Byzantine Gothic Chapel College (1864). The university also leases the east wing of Somerset House. Other campuses are scattered around the capital. Guy's Campus is near London Bridge and the Shard and is home to the School of Biomedical Sciences, the Dental Institute and the School of Medicine. Waterloo Campus is near Waterloo Bridge in Lambeth while St Thomas' Campus is near the Houses of Parliament while the Denmark Hill Campus is near the border between Lambeth and Southwark. There are eight halls of residence for the university spread throughout the city and priority in them is given to students who live outside the M25 motorway. Full time students can also live in one of the intercollegiate Halls of Residence offered by the University of London and has the largest number of bed spaces within this system. Finally, students can also apply to take up residence in International Students House.

    There are courses available from this university with the following field of studies:
  • Business and management studies
  • Medicine and surgery
  • - Dentistry
  • - Politics and International Relations

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