Accommodation around Birkbeck
The summer school takes place at Birkbeck, University of London, in Bloomsbury. There are hundreds of hotels in central London, and many dozens within a short walk of Birkbeck (nearest tube stops: Russell Square; Euston; Goodge Street; Warren Street.) Please note that a 'single' room in London generally means a single bed, except in the larger chain hotels (e.g. Holiday Inn, Novotel etc). Please contact the hotel for up-to-date quotes; best prices are usually obtained from the hotel’s own websites, but you could also check Expedia and Travelocity. All bookings and queries are to be made directly with the hotels.
However a hotel is an expensive option for 2 weeks as we are in central London. So this is a list, first of university accommodation, then recommendations from past students and finally of local hotels.
University College London (UCL) Residences offer both self-catering only accommodation (Astor College; Goldsmid House; James Lighthill House; Schafer House) and bed and breakfast accommodation, with the option of an evening meal (Ifor Evans Hall). Please note: Ifor Evans House is located in Camden, 10 minute bus ride or 30 minute walk from Birkbeck. Astor College is 5/10 minute walk; James Lighthill House is 10/15 minute walk; Goldsmid House is close to Victoria tube station, a few tube stops away and Schafer house is 10 minute walk from Birkbeck.
University of London Garden Halls offer B&B and they are located about a 5 min walk away.
University of London College Hall offers B&B for and is located about 5 min walk away.
University of London Connaught Hall offers B&B and is located nearby.
University of London International Hall offers B&B and is located nearby.
University of London Lilian Penson Hall offers B&B and is near Paddington, a few tube stops away from Birkbeck
University of London Nutford House offers B&B and is in Marylebone, a few tube stops away or 20 minute walk from Birkbeck
University of Westminster offer a range of student accommodation during the summer
The Generator Hostel London Phone: +44 (0)20 7388 7666 Fax: +44 (0)20 7388 7644
Travelodge London Euston Hotel 72 Euston Square, London, NW1 1DJ Phone: 0871 984 6332 Fax: 020 73837881
MIC Hotel & Conference Centre This hotel also has student accommodation Telephone 020 73800 001 International (+44) 20 73800 001
Recommendations from Previous Years Students (these cannot be guaranteed – they are simply a guide)
Studios 92 - “It was a basic flat share with 4 other people with wifi and a shared kitchen, bathroom.”
London Serviced Aparthotels – “I stayed in the little hotel ( London Serviced Aparthotel) in Tottenham Street near Charlotte Street - 5 or 6 blocks to Birkbeck - £65 a day. It had a little room with a bed and a table/chair, but it had Internet connexion. The bathroom was common to 4 rooms. It had a common kitchen where you can to prepare your food. There is a washing machine too. The address by Internet is: firstname.lastname@example.org, and the telephone number is: +447826907766.
Premier Inn in Euston - “I had stayed two different accommodations in two weeks, because I failed to book a more economical accommodation. In the first week, I stayed Premier Inn in Euston. This hotel was nice with a clean and comfortable room. The hotel was close to Birkbeck: it took 10 minutes on foot. However, the price was not so cheap. It depended on the date: the cheapest price was £88 while the highest was £170. The average price was £135 per night (not including breakfast). In the second week, fortunately, I was able to get a student dorm of UCL, Frances Gardner House. The price was £43.5 (en-suite) per night. The room was wide and clean. I was able to use a common kitchen and laundry. There was a small park just behind it and atmosphere surrounding the dorm was quiet and safe, but it was not so near to Birkbeck. It took 20 minutes on foot (there was no tube station close the dorm, and it was located between King’s Cross and Russell Square). Although student dorms seem to be reasonable and suitable for long stayers in price and environmental conditions, it is necessary for applicants to book it as soon as possible.”
Couchsurfing - couch surfing is free
Crash Padder - costs a bit but is much cheaper than a hotel room. It is designed for business people, professionals etc rather than students.
College Hall – “just behind Birkbeck (Malet St). The cost was reasonable and I was very satisfied since the rooms were big, clean, beautiful with their own bathrooms (there is also the possibility to share the bathroom) and, including breakfast which was very good.”
“I would recommend the University of London Housing Service especially their page on houses of residence. I stayed at Regina College in South Kensington which took an hour to walk to Birkbeck, but would have been much faster on the tube. It cost approx £20 per night (double room) including a basic breakfast and dinner.
Another good option may be Air B'n'B where you can sublet apartments from Londoners who are out of town. It might be a good option especially if two or three people attending summer school would sublet somewhere together. I also searched for sublet options on Gumtree (unsuccessfully) but it might be more fruitful for others.”
Hotels local to Birkbeck
69 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 6HJ
Phone: +44 (0)20 7837 8831;
Holiday Inn Bloomsbury
Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HT
Hotel Front Desk: +44-08-719429222
63 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6HJ
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7636 3199
Premier Inn – London Euston
1 Dukes Road
Phone: 0870 238 3301
Ridgemount Private Hotel
Phone +44 (0)20 7636 1141 or +44 (0)20 7580 7060;
15 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 6HE
Phone: +44 (0) 207 580 2740