The Courtauld is located in historic Somerset House on The Strand, right in the heart of London’s West End. One of the world’s most dynamic cities, London is a global hub for cultural, business, political, media, legal and sporting events that attract the best from around the world. This central location gives students easy access to some of the city’s best-known museums and galleries, including the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum (not to mention The Courtauld’s own gallery).
During Courtauld Connects some teaching may be relocated at times. Further information on this transformation project can be found here.
Cost of living
It is important to budget to ensure that you have enough money to live on while you complete your studies. Mercer’s Worldwide Cost of Living Survey has consistently cited London as one of the most expensive cities in the world; however, London is very student-friendly, and your cost of living as a student will depend largely upon your lifestyle choices.
The UNIAID Student Calculator is a handy resource to help you plan your budget. Many retailers and entertainment venues will offer discounts or concession prices when you present your student ID.
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:
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.