Visiting London

The following information may be of interest to SAS visitors coming to London:

Accommodation

We are unable to help visitors find accommodation. However, there are a number of websites for finding short- and long-term accommodation:

Cost of living

London prices
Work Gateways

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

Childcare places can be difficult to find in central London, so enquire early

Schools

  • 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.

Healthcare

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).

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.

Library access

Senate House Library - as a visitor to the Institute you will be eligible for a free library card.

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