The Courtauld Institute of Art, an independent college of the University of London, offers courses to students specialising in History of Art. The institute is also home to one of the finest small art museums in the world and is known particularly for its French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. These are housed in the Courtauld Gallery.
Both the institute and the gallery can be found in Somerset House, in the Strand. The student accommodation for the institute, Duchy House, can be found just down the road, and offers comfortable short-stay self-catered accommodation for members of the public during vacations. With a variety of rooms on offer, these are a unique alternative to a cheap London hotel, and are in a fantastic central location, close to all the main attractions the city has to offer.