The London Study Center is located at the University of London Union (ULU) in Bloomsbury, a fashionable residential quarter for merchants and aristocrats in the 18th century. It is very much a university area, with the main buildings of the University of London at its center. Bloomsbury also provides a wealth of interesting shops on its side streets as well as numerous restaurants. The British Museum is close at hand as are many of the colleges of the University of London. Within easy walking distance are Oxford Street, one of London's main shopping areas, and Soho, Covent Garden and the West End, London's evening entertainment sector.
The Union building on Malet Street is comprised of six floors of University students' facilities for many forms of recreation and activity. ULU is a meeting place and facility for students from all University of London colleges. Services provided include the Union cafeteria, the Union bar, a student travel agency, printing and stationery shop, sports shop, bank, launderette and "Waves," ULU's health complex and swimming pool.
ULU is also headquarters to more than 30 university societies (most of which our students are eligible to join). These include cultural, political, religious and performing societies along with numerous recreational sports clubs.
The London study program uses classrooms and faculty offices in the ULU building and neighboring facilities as required.
AIFS arranges free access to local public libraries. Students can join the University of London's Senate house Library for an additional fee. This library has an excellent general collection of more than a million volumes and 5,000 current periodicals, particularly strong in the humanities. Members can check out books, and study space is available.
AIFS Student Center
AIFS maintains a full-time professional student services staff to provide cultural information and general assistance while in London. The AIFS student center is at Dilke House, directly opposite the University of London Union where classes are held. Easily reached by underground (subway) from all student residences, it is open 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It houses a number of computers for student use. The lab is open with extended hours Monday to Thursday and when the student center is open Fridays. Students can receive mail, faxes or calls at the center. Messages are transcribed weekday mornings and left in students' mailboxes at the center.
The AIFS staff keep students informed about various cultural and social events in London and help students make individual plans that complement academic interests. AIFS staff also organize a cultural program of evening theater events and day-long excursions to places of interest outside London. Students pay an additional fee for some activities, but they are heavily subsidized by the program fee. A recent semester included a welcome party, six theater performances, and day trips to Brighton, Bath, Oxford, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Stonehenge and Salisbury.
Students are provided membership to the University of London Union which gives them access to student clubs and societies and (at a reasonable additional cost) to sports facilities including a swimming pool, health spa, multi-gym and squash courts.