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University of the Arts Summer Accommodation

Formally known as the Arts Institute and given its current name in 2006, the University of Arts, is one of the world’s highest-ranking universities for art and design.

Made up of six colleges, it is Europe’s largest public research university specialising in fashion, design, art and media.

Two of the halls of residences are open to the public during the summer holidays, with date usually opening in mid-late spring. 

Many popular names are connected to the university, such as the chancellor, Grayson Perry as well as alumni from its colleges: Caroline Townshend, Colin Firth and Jarvis Cocker.

Sketch House 
36 Clifton Terrace
Finsbury Park
London N4 3TD

Inspired by the capital’s art community, Sketch House is the university’s newest development. 

Sketch House has great access to Central London as it sits on the Piccadilly and Victoria lines at Finsbury Park underground and National Rail station, which are about a five-minute walk away.

Each flat cluster is shared between 5 - 10 bedrooms and the bedrooms come with a three-quarter-sized bed and ensuite bathrooms  

Hoxton
168 Pitfield Street
London
Hoxton
N1 6JP

Located in Hoxton, Will Wyatt Court is nicely placed between the East and West Ends of London and has great access to Central London, too. 

With flats made up of between five to seven ensuite bedrooms and sharing a kitchen, Will Wyatt Court could be a great option for you and few friends. 

The nearest tube station is Old Street, which is roughly ten minutes away on foot. 

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London Visitor information

We offer accommodation at nine of London’s historic universities. They’re an ideal budget alternative to typical hotels and B&Bs and you don’t have to be a student to stay there! 

Top attractions

London is globally renowned for its tourist attractions. You’ll be sure to learn new things at its Natural History Museum and the British Museum, to getting a taste of culture at the Tate Modern or the West End. If architecture is more your thing, then make your way to The Shard, which is the city’s largest building or to Tower 42, one of the first high rise office buildings in the capital. 

Splash the cash!

Famous for being home to many of the world’s leading designers, London is the destination of choice for the shopaholic. 

From independent retailers and stalls at Broadway Market, to high street favourites on Oxford Street, if you can’t find it in London, then you don’t need it! 

Those who prefer destination style shopping experiences may find Westfield Stratford, more to their fancy, with department stores, popular brands and tasty menus to choose from. What a great way to make a day out of shopping! 

The Grass is Always Greener…

Awarded with the world’s first “National Park City” status (2019), London is the greenest city in Europe. This will come as no surprise to those who enjoy picnics in the capital’s 35,000 acres of green areas, including the famous Hyde Park, Regent’s Park and Kensington Gardens. 

Getting Around London

You can travel on public transport, around Greater London on single or return fairs, day tickets, Oyster Card pay as you go and season tickets. You can also use smart watches or your contactless debit card to pay as you go. You must have your ticket or card ready to tap in and for inspection.

Greater London is split up in six fare zones. Zone 1 covers Central London, with zones 2, 3 and 4 forming circles and expanding further out of the city centre. While zones 5 and 6 sit further outside of London, in Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Surrey. 

The London Underground, more well known as The Tube, is the oldest and third longest metro style travel system in the world. With 11 lines serving 270 stations within the network, it is the most popular method of transport in and around London. The Docklands Light Railway (DLR), which serves the Docklands, Greenwich and Lewisham on tram-like vehicles, is the second most popular option.

London’s Overground train network connects the centre of London to the more suburban areas.

The bus service operates 24 hours a day, with more than 700 vehicles. 

Transport For London prides itself on improving the accessibility within London. All DLR rail stations are step-free, with 78 Tube stations, 60 of its London Overground stations and 11 TFL rail stations currently being wheelchair and buggy friendly.

Other ways to get about:

  • Cable car - The Emirates Air Line first opened in 2012 and links Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks
  • Cycling - In 2010, a bike hire system launched, which enables locals and tourists alike to hire a bike from as little as £2. It’s easy to use - use the Santander Cycles app or your debit card at the terminal, hire a bike and then return it to any docking station in London!
  • Water - Breathe in some fresh air and get aboard one of the many boat services that London has to offer, such as the Thames Clippers, which run between Embankment Pier and North Greenwich Pier.
  • Walk - We’ve already mentioned how London has acres of beautiful scenes; don’t forget to look up!

Go further afield:

  • Birmingham by train – 2 hours
  • Edinburgh on the Caledonian Sleeper – 7 hours 29 minutes
  • Cardiff by train - 2 hours 3 minutes
  • Belfast by plane: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Paris by Eurostar – 2 hours 16 minutes

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History of London

The first major settlement was founded by the Romans in 43 AD as Londinium, following the Roman conquest of Britain. Following a storming by the Iceni tribe led by Queen Boudica in 61AD, the city was rebuilt and prospered, superceding Colchester as the capital of the Roman province of Britannia in 100 AD. At its height in the 2nd century, Roman London had a population of around 60,000.

By the 600s, the Anglo-Saxons had created a new settlement called Lundenwic, approximately 900 metres upstream from the old Roman city, around what is now Covent Garden. It is likely that there was a harbour at the mouth of the River Fleet for fishing and trading, and this trading grew until the city was overcome by the Vikings and forced to relocate back to the location of the Roman Londinium to use its walls for protection. The original Saxon city of Lundenwic became Ealdwic ("old city"), a name surviving to the present day as Aldwych, which is in the modern City of Westminster.

Plague caused extensive problems for London in the early 17th century, culminating in the Great Plague in 1665-1666 that killed around 100,000 people, up to a fifth of London's population. This was the last major outbreak in England, possibly thanks to the disastrous fire of 1666. The Great Fire of London broke out in the original City and quickly swept through London's wooden buildings, destroying large swathes of the city. Rebuilding took over ten years, largely under the direction of a Commission appointed by King Charles II, chaired by Sir Christopher Wren.

Much of London was then destroyed during the bombing campaign of World War II, which saw 30,000 people lose their lives. Despite causing a great deal of damage, the city was generally well patched up and much of the worst of 1940s and 1950s architecture has been replaced by more modern and tasteful buildings.

In the 18th century, Samuel Johnson, author of A Dictionary of the English Language, famously wrote about the city: "You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford".

History of London's Universities

University College London

UCL was founded in 1826 and is the third oldest English university, and the first university institution to be founded in London. This was the first British university to admit students regardless of their religion and gender. At that time, the only universities in England were those at Oxford and Cambridge, which were restricted to members of the Church of England. It introduced new subjects which had not previously been taught in English universities, for instance modern foreign languages, English language and literature as well as engineering and architecture.

The University of London

The University of London was first established by a Royal Charter in 1836, which brought together in federation London University (now University College London) and King's College (now King's College London). Today the University is a federal university made up of 31 affiliates: 19 separate university institutions and 12 research institutes. As such, the University of London is the largest university in the UK by number of full-time students, with over 135,000 campus-based students.

Queen Mary, University of London

Queen Mary has its roots in four historic colleges: Queen Mary College, Westfield College, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College and the London Hospital Medical College. The Mile End campus is historically the home of Queen Mary College, which began life in 1887 as the People's Palace, a philanthropic endeavour to provide east Londoners with education and social activities. It was admitted to the University of London in 1915.

Westminster University

Westminster University is located in the district of Marylebone is named from St Mary's, the local church, which was built on the banks of a small stream or bourne called the Ty bourne. The church and the surrounding area later became known as St Mary le bourne and, over time, as Marylebone.

Goodenough College

The College was founded in 1930 as a residential college for students from The Dominions. Its aim was to improve international tolerance and understanding amongst people on the brink of their careers by providing a forum in which they could interact. The College has expanded greatly since that time and now consists of a community of 650 postgraduate students from over ninety countries.

Imperial College

Founded in 1907 and consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

Goldsmiths

Based in New Cross, Goldsmiths specialises in the teaching and research of creative, cultural and cognitive disciplines. The institution was founded in 1891 as Goldsmiths' Technical and Recreative Institute by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. It was acquired by the University of London in 1904 and was renamed Goldsmiths' College.

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Founded in 1932 through the philanthropic efforts of the industrialist and art collector Samuel Courtauld, the diplomat and collector Lord Lee of Fareham, and the art historian Sir Robert Witt, this self-governing college of the University of London specialises in the study of the history of art.

Reviews For University of the Arts

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4.0

Based On 221 Reviews
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3.9
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4.3
Service
4.1
Food
3.5
Overall
3.9

1. It took me a while to find the entrance. It's behind a black gate that looks like a tradesmans entrance. Maybe that could be clearer as it would be worrying if arriving at night, 2. When I arrived I was asked for photo ID. I didn't have any but was allowed in the lodgings. I think this needs to be sorted out. If it is needed this should be made very clear and if not it should not be requested.

(Review Of Don Gratton House, Whitechapel, London)

Room was extremely clean and comfortable. Would have liked air conditioning as it was extremely warm in the room due to the hot weather. Overall it was a very favourable experience.

(Review Of Don Gratton House, Whitechapel, London)

I would book the accommodation again as it suited & ammodated my purpose for visiting London. Would request that a rubbish bin be made available for the room & notify guests tin advance that coat-hangars are not available.

(Review Of Will Wyatt Court, London)

The room overall was perfectly acceptable. It was clean and tidy. The bathroom however was very small and in need of refurbishment. The shower was poor with the water pressure and volume lacking.

(Review Of Don Gratton House, Whitechapel, London)

No mugs or cutlery in kitchen so unable to use facilities to make a drink or eat- so pointless having them. Don't travel with crockery/ cutlery, basics would be helpful even if had to leave deposit to use.

(Review Of Will Wyatt Court, London)

The room was functional but acceptably clean and it was great to have an en-suite (albeit not a great shower) attached. The mattress was not great and one deflated pillow could have been supplemented with a second. However, for the money, in central London, it was just a relief to find clean, affordable and relatively comfortable accommodation. I would possibly do this again.

(Review Of Will Wyatt Court, London)

The pillow was terrible so flat is was hardly worth having. I struggled a bit with the wifi connection and couldn't get access to the promised TV area but managed through another route. This was VERY good value for money accommodation - I was a volunteer for the IAAF World Championships and funded this myself so very grateful for such good value for money.

(Review Of Don Gratton House, Whitechapel, London)

Good room with power points and light switches in all the right places. Clean ensuite bathroom and shared kitchen..Only criticism would be the inadequate amount of toilet paper left on the one roll provided (for a three night stay). I had to buy more from a local store.

(Review Of Will Wyatt Court, London)

The people in reception were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Getting the key to work took about 4 attempts and journeys to And fro my room along with patient re programming by Reception You ask about breakfast here. I had not realised there was breakfast? It was Excellent value for money. Clean safe friendly and good location for me Thank you! Would come again

(Review Of Will Wyatt Court, London)
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