SOAS offers a range of accommodation options for students, meeting the needs of varied budgets and preferences. These include halls of residence, self-catered vs catered housing, shared flats/houses and homestays. There are ten different halls of residence across London for SOAS students between two and 45 minutes from campus, offering single, twin and double rooms plus self-catered studios.
If choosing catered housing, students will have two meals prepared for them on weekdays plus brunch on the weekends, taking away any stress of food shopping or preparing meals, all of which is included in the price of accommodation. College Hall for example is fully catered, costing from £249.48 to £287.28 per week.
Alternatively, a self-catered option will ensure students never have to worry about missing mealtimes and can eat according to their own schedule. Dinwiddy House is one of the university’s self-catered halls of residence located near King’s Cross, with single ensuite rooms starting at £173.73 per week, rising from £226.90 to £283.10 for studios.
Facilities vary depending on the type of accommodation but can include Mac rooms, common areas, bike sheds, TV lounges with vending machines, table tennis, cinema rooms and en-suite bathrooms. All halls include laundry facilities and WiFi.
Covering six floors with over 1,000 work spaces, the university’s library is one of five National Research Libraries in the UK. It is also considered to be one of the world’s most important academic libraries for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, with over 1.5 million books and electronic resources in more than 400 languages, attracting scholars from all over the world.
There are two galleries on campus, the Brunei Gallery and the Foyle Special Collections Gallery, both of which showcase a great range of artwork and artefacts from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, along with the university’s own collections.
Other facilities include an internet café, a book shop, an ethical co-op, a language centre and over 200 Macs and PCs across the two campuses.
The university also has a lively bar, with club nights, live music events and daily happy hours and drinks deals for students to enjoy. Plus, SOAS is based in the centre of London, giving students more options for food, culture and entertainment.