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University of London Summer Accommodation

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.

 

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 London

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Really nice room, plenty of space and storage, good ensuite facilities. Only problem was room was too hot, very humid couple of days and windows barely open. Could really do with a wall mounted electric fan in rooms.

(Review Of International Hall, Bloomsbury, London)

The whole stay was excellent - the staff were very helpful and friendly. I had over a month here in total, and wish I could have stayed all my summer here rather than having to move to a different hall

(Review Of International Hall, Bloomsbury, London)

We really enjoyed our stay in London at International Hall. The breakfast was great and evening meal very good value. Very hot weather and could have done with more open windows in our room but overall very good and comfortable bed. Very helpful staff at reception. Appreciated being on ground floor. Will definitely recommend to others and stay here again.

(Review Of International Hall, Bloomsbury, London)

Surprised by sign that water in room is not drinkable. Then why supply cup? There is no such sign in public washrooms, but I was told that water is not drinkable there either.

(Review Of Connaught Hall, Tavistock Square, London)

As expected basic accommodation but no complaints. Bed was clean and comfortable and the reception staff were very pleasant and helpful. Managed to find the shower room with no problems but could not find the toilet on the 3rd floor ( although I did not search too hard ! ) - perhaps you could provide a small floor plan ? - ( This is not a complaint but merely a suggesstion )

(Review Of International Hall, Bloomsbury, London)

It was great being so close to the venue -so i could walk in each day . Room very comfy ,clean- I could have done with a radio but will take one next time. The breakfast was just wonderful and staff very helpful and welcoming.

(Review Of College Hall, Bloomsbury, London)

One very minor thing would have made a big difference; somewhere to get a plastic cup so you can have a drink of water in the room. It was late in the evening when we realised there wasn't anything available in the Hall and we ended up by having to walk down to Sainsbury's to buy some picnic glasses.

(Review Of College Hall, Bloomsbury, London)

This is a fabulous place to stay - the rooms are very nice and while not luxurious, are better than many many hotels I've stayed in in London and certainly a lot bigger. We will definitely stay there again

(Review Of International Hall, Bloomsbury, London)

Spotlessly clean room; helpful & friendly Reception & breakfast staff. Booking details indicated check-in possible earlier than 2pm actual time - but Reception happy to store bag. Have stayed here previously, & hope to do so again.

(Review Of College Hall, Bloomsbury, London)
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