The University of London was founded in 1836 and is the second-largest university by number of full-term students in the UK.
During the vacations, the university accommodation offers great value visitor bed and breakfast in Bloomsbury, a leafy area in the heart of London. The area is a short distance from many of the capital’s top visitor attractions including the London Eye, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the British Museum. Famous shopping districts are also close by, so those in need of some retail therapy won’t feel hard done by. Links to London’s transport network are just a short walk from all residences.
The Garden Halls
Dubbed the Garden Halls because they overlook Cartwright Gardens, Hughes Parry Hall, Commonwealth Hall and Canterbury Hall have all been recently renovated. The gardens contain tennis courts, which are available for use by guests, as well as a statue of the political reformer John Cartwright. An old student tradition was for this statue to be wrapped in festive paper during the run-up to Christmas, but this had now been discontinued!
College and International Halls
College Hall is the oldest of the two, and was founded in 1882 to provide accommodation for the increasing numbers of female students at the university. International Hall was opened in 1963 – rumour has it that Mick Jagger spent his final year as a student in the hall in this year.