UC London Center
The UC London Center is based near the British Museum and University of London in the heart of London's Bloomsbury district, a vibrant, historic area of central London well known for its formal garden squares. With the UC London Center as your base, you will have the opportunity to explore the city and experience British culture before returning to Berkeley.
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London Student Housing
Student Residences in Islington or the South Bank - Participants will live in shared multiple-bedroom apartments in one of two student residences in Islington or the South Bank. Both residences are conveniently located in Central London:
• The Student Residence in Islington is centrally located between Angel and Old Street, near the shops and restaurants of Islington's trendy Upper Street, as well as public transport links to London's West End and the fashionable districts around Bishopsgate, including Brick Lane and Spitalfield.
• The Student Residence in the South Bank is centrally located opposite London Waterloo Mainline Rail and Underground station on the bank of the River Thames, within walking distance of public attractions such as the National Theatre and the Hayward Gallery, and many riverside gathering spaces.
Apartment layouts vary, and are comprised of double and triple occupancy rooms, furnished with a bed, closet or armoire and linens for each student. All occupants in the apartment have access to a shared living room or common area, a shared bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen. Kitchen facilities include a small stove top, refrigerator, dishes and basic cooking utensils. Residences include on-site laundry facilities. Commuting to the London Study Center takes 20-25 minutes on public transportation or 25-35 minutes walking.
The program does not provide meals, but you will have the option of preparing your meals in your apartment kitchen or purchasing your own meals from local establishments.
During the summer in Berkeley, you will participate in workshops covering academic preparation, intercultural learning, health and safety abroad, and tips for first-time travelers. Upon arrival in London, you will participate in a weeklong orientation that includes an introduction to UC London Center facilities, a city tour, how to use local transportation, academic and cultural preparation, health and safety in London, and a day trip to Oxford.
While in London, staff from the UC Education Abroad Program and Accent International provide student support and emergency assistance. A Resident Assistant lives with participants in program housing, organizes group activities, and provides live-in support.
Program activities include a visit to Oxford during orientation week and an overnight group excursion during the mid-semester break. You can also choose to participate in any of the extracurricular activities organized for UC students by the UC Education Abroad Program (additional costs may apply).