The Courtauld was originally located in Portman Square, Marylebone. In 1989 we moved to Somerset House, Strand, and, from January 2019, we will be moving to our new home at Vernon Square, King’s Cross, until 2022. This move marks the start of our exciting transformational Courtauld Connects project.
The Courtauld’s location at Vernon Square ensures that we continue to be in easy reach of all the capital’s major museums, galleries and libraries. Find out more about our new neighborhood.
Cost of living
Living in London, one of the most exciting, global cities in the world, means you have access to all manner of cuisines, cultural activities and shopping, and whilst London can be expensive, as a student you’ll have access to discounts on everything from public transport to theater tickets. It is important to budget to ensure that you have enough money to live on while you complete your studies, and your cost of living as a student will depend largely upon your lifestyle choices. Even on a limited budget you can make the most out of your time in the city.
There are a variety of resources available to help you plan your budget. Many retailers and entertainment venues will offer discounts or concession prices when you present your student ID.
International students requiring a visa to study in the UK are required to demonstrate sufficient funds to cover expenses before you arrive. Further information can be found on the UKCISA website.
You may also find it useful to take a look at the Plan your Stay section at www.educationuk.org.
Safety in London
London is an amazing, vibrant place to live and study, but of course shares issues regarding safety with any major city.
Public transportation is generally very safe, and the Transport for London (TFL) website has a helpful journey planner tool that can help you plan ahead when travelling around the city (www.tfl.gov.uk). Ensure that any taxi you take is licensed, call a licensed local minicab service or use a safe taxi service app.
Be careful at cash points – ensure you keep your pin code hidden, and watch your possessions at all times, taking care to keep your important items in a closed bag.
Try to look confident and have an idea of where you are going before setting out – and avoid unlit paths, parks and shortcuts after dark. It is always best to take public transport if in doubt.
Other resources regarding safety:
As a full-time student, you are eligible to receive discounted travel from Transport for London and National Rail.
You may apply for your 18+ Oyster photocard online (https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/). You’ll receive it in the post once your application is approved both by TFL and Student and Academic services.
You may also apply for your 16-25 Railcard, which entitles you to discounted train travel outside London, online or by picking up an application from a National Rail station. If you are over 25 and a full-time student, you are still eligible for this card, but you will need to bring a hard copy of the application form to us for certification.
You should not apply for student rail/Oyster cards until after you enrol, as your application cannot be approved until you begin your studies.
Other Useful Information
If you wish to open a student bank account, you will need a letter from us to confirm your student status. You may request this letter only at enrolment or later.
If you do not live in student accommodation, in order to claim your Council Tax exemption you will need to provide a letter to your local council stating that you are a full-time student. If you fail to provide this letter to your local authority, you may face legal action. You may request this letter only at enrolment or later.