The following information may be of interest to visitors coming to the Institute:
The Institute is unable to help visitors find accommodation. However, there are a number of resources and websites available to visitors:
- University of London Halls
- University of London Housing Service
- Endsleigh Court apartments, nearby
- Goodenough Club (for visitors) nearby
- Doctor in the House short, medium and long-term accommodation for medical, academic and other professional staff. Various locations in all areas of London.
- Loot classified advertisements, including for shared accommodation
- Gumtree classified advertisements
- Rightmove information about renting accommodation in London - for longer term stays
- Hostelbookers information about cheap accommodation
- Study London for student accommodation
- Living in London
- Propertyads infomation on a wide range of flats, houses and rooms for rent
Cost of living
Getting a visa
- UK Border Agency - the 'do I need a visa?' section is useful
- See also the UK Border Agency section on Visitors, including academic visitors (Visiting Doctoral Fellows are not included in this category) and parents with children
Childcare and schools
- Childcare Link government website
- Institute of Education Nursery (for ages 2 to 4), nearby
- UCL Nursery nearby, usually has waiting list, especially for babies
Childcare places can be difficult to find in central London, so enquire early
- UK Schools and Colleges database, including a map of the Local Authorities (helpful to know when doing a search)
- Schools in London
- Overseas visitors should note that state-funded UK schools are for UK residents only, and a special visa is needed for students to attend such schools. Visitors should contact the UK Border Agency before enrolling children in state funded schools to avoid immigration issues.
Local residents and students of the University may register with the Gower Street Practice, which is very close to Senate House. The National Health Service (NHS) provides advice via telephone and online through NHS Direct
Getting around London and beyond
Transport for London has a tube map and a useful Journey Planner tool to help find out how to get from one part of London to another. The best way of getting around London via tube and bus is to buy an Oyster card (£3 refundable) and either buy pre-pay credit or a travelcard (daily, weekly, monthly, annual). See also an article on the Oyster card.
For travel further afield, thetrainline.com is a useful site for finding out train times and the duration of travel between two destinations as well as for buying tickets online.
Streetmap is a useful search engine for maps. You can enter postcodes to pinpoint locations, as well as street and place names. Multimap is a similar site. Up My Street offers profiles of different parts of the UK, including photographs of local areas and a useful 'find my nearest' function.
Senate House Library - as a visitor to the Institute you will be eligible for a free library card.
- Activating your Library card
- Senate House Library catalogue
- The National Archives
Eating out and shopping
Eating out in London can be expensive, but there are restaurant deals that can help reduce costs. The Brunswick Centre near Russell Square station has a number of restaurants and cafes as well as a supermarket, cinema and a range of other shops. Nearby Tottenham Court Road has a range of electronics and homewares shops.