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I think they need to improve their rep by increasing tarrif points. I think most of you are more capable of what they are asking you to get.

How do you all feel about that ?

I mean if they ask you for higher it motivates you more. Like last year I wanted to go to Roehampton and thought I could easily get the grades they were asking but I didn't think it motivated me.

Some people try their hardest and do not get the grades they want (like me last year). But do you all think that you could do better then what they are asking?

Please don't take offence to my comments I am curious becuase I've been in the same situation.
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I think they need to improve their rep by increasing tarrif points. I think most of you are more capable of what they are asking you to get.

How do you all feel about that ?

I mean if they ask you for higher it motivates you more. Like last year I wanted to go to Roehampton and thought I could easily get the grades they were asking but I didn't think it motivated me.

Some people try their hardest and do not get the grades they want (like me last year). But do you all think that you could do better then what they are asking?

Please don't take offence to my comments I am curious becuase I've been in the same situation.
I don't know... I half agree and half don't!

The half that agrees... well, I don't know what I would have needed to get onto my course, as my offer was unconditional (applied during gap year). But a friend of mine is studying another similar subject and had very low entry grades. But.. Kingston is a good university, and some courses, such as music, are very good courses but yet do have very low entry requirements, and I think that puts off some people as they think the university aren't as good as it is. Maybe a rise in tariff points would make those people change their minds...

At the same time, I think the fact it offers places to those who achieve lower grades is good. One of the reasons I didn't consider applying for a place that specialises soley in music, for example, is because i wanted to go somewhere with a diverse range of people. The same friend as above.. he is a fabulous musician - one of the most amazing I know - but just isn't that great at exams, and one of the things I love about Kingston is the fact that they will accept people like that.

So.. I'm not sure that I agree! I see your point. Maybe it'd mean more people would consider Kingston if grade boundaries were made higher. But at the same time, it might lose some of the diversity, which I think is very important... just because you're no good at taking an exam in a subject, doesn't mean you aren't a genius at it... and I think that's the advantage of having the lower tariff points requirements.
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I will say it now before it mucks up your degree, but the only thing Kingston is famously bad at is administration organisation, the rest of the uni is average.

The main campus is gonna be a bit of a building site for a few years as well as they're trying to improve the uni's image. Teehee.
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im most probably going to kingston to study accounting and finance as its my insurance place....brunels my first .....i stil have gota get 240 points tho to get into kingston which aint too low but its achievable.
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(Original post by EnharmonicJen)
Aww, only insurance? )
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It was my lowest grade offer so it made sense to put it as my insurance. If I do go, it'll be specialising in performance (Can't compose to save my life) Did you have an interview/audition?
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For anyone already at Kingston, what are they like about having mates over in halls?
My best friend lives pretty far away and keeps saying she'll be coming to stay at least once a month! haha but I guess I can only put her up on my floor.
Do they get weird about that or is it okay?

I think I'll be in Clayhill or Seething wells, not sure yet
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hey,
just got my offer for kingston for sept 2006 intake
planning to do my masters in composing for film and television
i also have applied to bournemouth university and i am thoroughly confused btween the two universities.
just reading some previous posts by enharmonicjen......(so whats your other name????....just kidding )
on a more serious note (some how it always comes back to music)
how is the course? how are the teachers and how is the equipment and stuff

can anyone rate the two universities as i am an international student (paying outta my a** for the courses....three times what you guys pay )
so its kinda important i choose the correct university.....
also i am an mature student .....34 years....10 years experience in composing....but no formal education ....minimal (which is why both universities that i have chosen are more vocational in their outlook.)

btbh i am scared that they just want my money .....and i am thoroughly confused.....
i would appreciate any help especially from people doing a music course....
thanks
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(Original post by Neverendingroses)
For anyone already at Kingston, what are they like about having mates over in halls?
My best friend lives pretty far away and keeps saying she'll be coming to stay at least once a month! haha but I guess I can only put her up on my floor.
Do they get weird about that or is it okay?

I think I'll be in Clayhill or Seething wells, not sure yet
Visitors can stay but there might be issues with parking if your friend comes by car, I think you just have to get a permit from the uni though, nothing major.
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(Original post by krazydude)
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also i am an mature student .....34 years....10 years experience in composing....but no formal education ....minimal (which is why both universities that i have chosen are more vocational in their outlook.)

btbh i am scared that they just want my money .....and i am thoroughly confused.....
i would appreciate any help especially from people doing a music course....
thanks
krazydude
I can't comment about Bournemouth, but Kingston has lots of mature students so you won't feel out of place. It also has a lot of international students. In the university as a whole there's a high propotion of students Indian and Pakisatni backgrounds (though mostly British Asians). Though I can't really tell you much about the music course.
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(Original post by HannahZ)
I can't comment about Bournemouth, but Kingston has lots of mature students so you won't feel out of place. It also has a lot of international students. In the university as a whole there's a high propotion of students Indian and Pakisatni backgrounds (though mostly British Asians). Though I can't really tell you much about the music course.

Hey hannahz
Thanks for replying.
Any idea what the student teacher ratio is in kingston?
Also cost of living off campus (1-2 bhk)
i am planning to come to uni with my wife and daughter (2years)
does kingston have a nursery / playschool ?
appreciate your help
krazydude
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I know there is definitely a nursery near the arts campus, I live very close to it!
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(Original post by krazydude)
Hey hannahz
Thanks for replying.
Any idea what the student teacher ratio is in kingston?
Also cost of living off campus (1-2 bhk)
i am planning to come to uni with my wife and daughter (2years)
does kingston have a nursery / playschool ?
appreciate your help
krazydude
Hi krazydude
As I'm not at Kingston I can't comment on the course etc but I live in the local area and I can tell you a bit about rent etc. I'm just in the process of moving into a flat in the outskirts of the Kingston area with my partner and we're paying £850 per month for a 2-bed flat. Prices in central Kingston are similar, ranging from £825 - £950 a month for a 2-bed place, £700 - £900 for a 1-bed, but if you don't mind a little bit of travelling (and the buses in Kingston are pretty good) then you can get a much nicer flat for your money if you're prepared to look outside of the central Kingston area, for example in Surbiton, Ham etc, places like that. On top of the rent you'll have to find the deposit (ususally about six weeks rent) and all of the fees that the agents charge - for a flat costing £850 a month you're looking at about £2000 to move in.

I don't know if you have to pay council tax (as a student you personally won't have to but if your wife is not a student then you as a couple will - but I'm not sure if it's different for international students and their families) but unfortunately in the Kingston area it's pretty high - for a two bed 'band D' property you're looking at around £1300 - £1400 per year. Also, if you have or want to get a car the parking in Kingston is shocking - in some places you might be lucky enough to get allocated parking but otherwise you will have to buy a residents permit at a cost of £60 per year.

What I will say is that from recent experience it's currently not *that* easy to find flats in Kingston, unless you have an unlimited budget. Ask any estate agent and they will tell you that there is something of a shortage - however, don't let that put you off. It took a few weeks for my partner and I to find somewhere but eventually we did.

One tip is that if you can, you should actually go to the estate agents offices rather than try and do stuff over the phone. A lot of agencies don't like to deal with students at all, or, if they hear the word student over the phone then you're not likely to be offered the nicer properties in your price range. If you actually go into the offices and explain that you're a mature, married student then you tend to find that the agents are a little more sympathetic - my partner and I, as mature students, have managed to get a nice flat that wouldn't normally be let to students simply because we went into the estate agents and explained that we're no longer into wild parties!! Also, make sure that you've got someone who's willing to act as a guarantor for you - even if you have millions in the bank (lol) estate agents tend to want a guarantor if you're a student.

Kingston has a nursery - see http://www.kingston.ac.uk/nursery/nursery.htm for a few more details.

Hope this helps a bit!
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(Original post by tinkerbellejess)
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It was my lowest grade offer so it made sense to put it as my insurance. If I do go, it'll be specialising in performance (Can't compose to save my life) Did you have an interview/audition?
Ah, fair enough

I didn't have an interview/audition.. for two reasons, I guess. One is that they gave me an unconditional offer very quickly - obviously they liked me! Secondly, when I went to visit, it seemed that they were giving interviews primarily to students who studied Music Tech instead of Music at A level, or hadn't taken many high grades - I had Music A level and grade 8 on my personal statement, so they ignored me! :P
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Hi, im hopefully starting Kingston this yr.. just wondering if any current/past students who managed to get in but didnt make the grade... what were they like are they quite strict in that kinda situation orrr...? Helppp, im worried =(!
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Going Kingston this Sept.

Msc Computer Networks and Communication

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I'm going this Sept 2006. Gonna be studying Diagnostic Radiography.
I'm a mature student - 35 :eek: , but hey your as old as you feel.
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really! Lucky you
I havent heard anything about my accomodation yet

has anyone else?
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Hmm I think I might do that as well then! lol

Has anyone got any tickets for freshers yet? I'm tempted to buy mine but worried if no one in my halls is keen to go then I'll have spent £15 on a wristband and end up going on my tod!!

http://kusu.co.uk/news/index.php?pag...e&news_id=1767
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(Original post by EnharmonicJen)
Ah, fair enough

I didn't have an interview/audition.. for two reasons, I guess. One is that they gave me an unconditional offer very quickly - obviously they liked me! Secondly, when I went to visit, it seemed that they were giving interviews primarily to students who studied Music Tech instead of Music at A level, or hadn't taken many high grades - I had Music A level and grade 8 on my personal statement, so they ignored me! :P


I was really surprised that they didn't even want to meet me! I put in my application and less than a week later got an offer! I could have been lying! Although the fact I've just finished taking edexcel A level Music this year, probably confirmed otherwise, but I was surprised how many universities didn't want me to auditions for performance courses! Crazy! (Although probably worked to my advantage )
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yeah youre right
I took a chance and bought one. I'm usually mental enough to chat to randoms so I will just show up, drink and skate (or fall on my ass as it were!! cant skate for shyte either!)

So if anyone else goes tell me quick so we wont be alone! lol

You're lucky they didnt want you to audition Jess, some guy I was chatting to on myspace said he had too! poor thing!
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