All students participating in the program will live in Queen Mary on-campus accommodations on the Mile End Campus in the Student Village. The award-winning Student Village is a modern, residential community for Queen Mary students and features many amenities for students including a restaurant and coffee bar, a café by the canal, student union offices, a convenience store, Laundromats, and a 24-hour security office. Study abroad students will be fully integrated into the residence halls and will be living with British and other international students.
As is common at most universities in the UK, students will live in single rooms with shared bathroom and kitchens. Most rooms are grouped in apartments (flats in the UK) of four to eleven students. All rooms are carpeted, equipped with a single bed, wash basin, wardrobe, fridge, bookshelves, desk, chair, desk lamp, and storage space, and all rooms have data points for (free) internet connections. Shared Kitchens are equipped with refrigerators/freezers, cookers, storage cupboards, food preparation and dining areas.
As is typical for a British University, there is no meal plan on campus. Instead, residence halls have shared kitchens and students cook for themselves. There are grocery stores near campus, as well as several on-campus eateries.
Orientation: The International Office runs an orientation program at the beginning of each semester. This program includes a welcome service during the arrival days and is designed to help you learn about the campus, your classes, and life in the UK.
Activities: Like most British Universities, Queen Mary has an incredibly active Student Union that sponsors a huge array of student societies and intramural athletics. We strongly encourage students to get involved in the extracurricular activities as that is the best way to get to know local and other international students. For a list of student, follow this link Sports and Societies or visit the website for the Students' Union, which is run for and by Queen Mary students. The gym at the Student Union, QMotion, offers both fitness facilities and regularly scheduled exercise classes. The Student Union also runs a volunteering program, so if you are interested in giving back, and in getting involved with local organizations and charities and meeting locals, the Provide volunteering program is a wonderful way to expand your involvement while in London.
Field Trips and Excursions: As a direct enrollment program, there are no program-organized field trips or excursions. However, various student societies and the Study Abroad Office will sometimes sponsor trips offered at discounts to students. The Study Abroad office typically offers several outings to locations of interest in and around London each semester. Program participants also find that other international students want to explore the region as well, so it is easy to find travel companions.
Life in London: London is a vibrant and diverse modern city with tons to see and do: museums, historic sites, concerts, theater, art, cultural performances, sporting events, beautiful parks and more. The central location of program housing makes London easily accessible, on foot, and by tube and bus. Time Out London is a student-favorite resource for events, reviews and things to do in London. We recommend purchasing a good guidebook for London (and the UK and/or Europe if you plan to travel) before departure—the Lonely Planet and Let’s Go series are popular with students.
Travel: Students who do choose to travel during free weekends, generally find it quite easy and cost-effective to travel in the UK and Europe. Within the UK, trains and buses are economical and offer many scheduled options. However, for weekend travel, students must figure in travel time, which might be significant. For destinations further afield, discount airlines like Ryan Air and Easy Jet, allow students to travel at low cost. Student hostels abound in the UK and Europe and offer inexpensive accommodations—plus websites with reviews now allow students to research hostels and even book ahead of time very easily.