Hotels near King's College

If you're heading to university and want to get the most out of your studies and your social life, what better place to head to than the dynamic city of London? King's College is spread across historic campuses on the South Bank of the River Thames, meaning Premier Inn's hotels near King's College not only offer immediate access to all King's College buildings, but also put you within easy reach of many of the capital's top attractions.

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About King's College

Where is King’s College London?
King’s College London (KCL) has five campuses across the heart of the capital, including one at the Strand overlooking the River Thames, and others along London’s South Bank arts and cultural quarter. It’s London’s most central university.

Is King’s College London prestigious?
Yes, King’s College London is one of the country’s leading universities, ranking 7th in the UK and 36th in the world, according to The Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2020. Most courses are very competitive and require A* grades at A-Level, which means it can be difficult to get into.

What is King’s College known for?
One of England’s oldest universities, renowned for its world-class teaching and cutting-edge research, King’s College London is globally-respected. It provides an extensive range of courses across the arts, law, the sciences, humanities and social sciences, with its medicine studies being particularly celebrated.

Which famous people went to King’s College London?
Many recognisable names once attended KCL, including Florence Nightingale, Desmond Tutu, writer Virginia Woolf, actors Anthony Hopkins, Alan Rickman, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Ralph Fiennes, and sprinter Dina Asher-Smith (the fastest British woman in recorded history).

Is London safe for students?
London is an extremely large city, with some areas that are safer than others. In general the UK is a safe country with generally low crime rates and the London Metropolitan Police do excellent work keeping the city safe. Students are unlikely to be targeted, but it’s important to maintain common sense; keep your valuables safe and stay with friends when out enjoying the London nightlife.

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Open Days at King's College

What can you expect at a Kings College London open day?
KCL’s open days give prospective students a chance to explore the campuses, speak to students and staff, check out the facilities and generally get a taste of what life would be like as an undergraduate. These are generally split down by campus/specialism: e.g. Stand Campus for arts and science subjects or Guy’s Campus for health and life science subjects. Virtual open days or weeks have been laid on by the uni when in-person open days have not been possible – these provide online sessions and Q&As, including accommodation talks, parents and carers talks and student/staff talks.

Do you have to book open days at the Kings College?
Yes, it’s important to book ahead if you wish to take part in a King’s College open day.

How often does the Kings College have open days?
Undergraduate open days usually take place on set dates between June and September, with some specialising in specific departments of subjects. Dates can vary each year, so check the university website for more information.

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Getting to King's College

How far is Kings College from the train station?
The nearest train station to each King’s College’s campus are: 


  • Strand campus – Charing Cross station, a 9 minute walk
  • St Thomas’ campus – Waterloo, Waterloo East, Victoria or Charing cross, a 15 minute walk away
  • Waterloo campus – Charing Cross station, a 9 minute walk
  • Denmark Hill campus – Denmark Hill Station, next to the campus
  • Guy’s campus – London Bridge Station, just a 1 minute walk

How far is Kings College from the nearest Premier Inn hotel?

If you're heading to Strand Campus, the founding campus of King's College, you'll find our London County Hall hotel ideal, located just across Westminster Bridge and offering access to Waterloo station. We've also got it covered if you're heading to King's College Guy's campus, Waterloo campus and other buildings along the South Bank, with our hotel directly opposite Tower Bridge. These hotels are also ideal if you're planning on visiting local attractions such as the Tate Modern and the London Eye during your visit.

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