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School of Oriental and African Studies


Established in the year 1916, SOAS University of London (the School of Oriental and African Studies) is a constituent college of the federal University of London as well as a public research university located in the heart of Bloomsbury in central London, England. 

Divided into three faculties; Faculty of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Law and Social Sciences and Faculty of Arts and Humanities and home to one of the leading law schools in the United Kingdom- the SOAS School of Law, SOAS offers over 100 one-year master's degrees and PhD programmes and around 350 undergraduate bachelor's degree combinations.

Ranked 44th in terms of education by the Complete University Guide 2020, the SOAS also holds affiliations with Association of Commonwealth Universities and University of London. Some of the notable alumni of SOAS University of London include Aaron Mike Oquaye (Minister of Communication in Ghana), Aung San Suu Kyi (a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and First and incumbent State Counsellor of Myanmar), Raman Mundair (British poet and playwright) and James Harding (head of BBC News).

Student accommodation School of Oriental and African Studies

With SOAS University of London being one of the well-recognised University, students need not have to stress about finding student accommodation options near SOAS. The capital city of London offers a comprehensive list of student accommodation options in London for the students to choose from, which includes affordable private halls of residences, student dormitories and halls of residences.

SOAS University of London accommodation, commonly known as the halls of residences are residential buildings with dorms and rooms which are shared among students. Located inside the university campus, SOAS accommodation is unarguably the most accessible and convenient housing option, especially for the students who are new to the city. However owing to its easy distance to the university campus, the SOAS Uni accommodation tends to get sold out at a breakneck pace. 

So, apart from SOAS University of London on-campus accommodation, students can also choose from a broad range of luxurious private student rooms available near SOAS, which includes premium yet cheap en-suites, studios, non-en-suites, and shared apartments. Some of the highly preferred and popular private accommodation near SOAS University of London include Urbanest King's Cross, Blithehale Court, iQ Kingston, AXO Oxford Circus and Urbanest St Pancras. Moreover, these private student housings are inclusive of all the utility bills.


The SOAS University of London has a total of 2 campuses; one at Bloomsbury and the other one at Islington.

Located at 10 Thornhaugh Street, close to Russell Square, a fashionable residential area developed by the Russell family in Bloomsbury, central London, the Russell Square campus is the main campus of the SOAS University of London. The campus houses Brunei Gallery, College Buildings (the Old Building and the Philips Building), the northern Block of Senate House, 21–22 Russell Square, and Faber Building. The campus is also home to the 1973's, SOAS library designed by Sir Denys Lasdun. Russell Square is the nearest underground station to the SOAS campus. 

Inaugurated in the year 2001, the Vernon Square campus is the second campus of SOAS in Islington. The SOAS Vernon Square campus is a college academic building which can be easily accessed via public transport. 

Student life

Studying at SOAS, student life both on-campus as well as off-campus is loaded with lots of academic exposure, fun and entertainment options, including trendy nightclubs and pubs, chic cafes, live music scenes, vibrant shopping spots, sports, and much more. 

The students studying at the SOAS can enjoy the cutting-edge facilities provided by the University, which includes a well-equipped library, 24/7 IT services, substantial open spaces, study spaces to support both Individuals as well as group study session and a student union. The University also houses numerous clubs and societies, be it cultural, sports, arts or cooking, you will find clubs related to everything. 

Feel like spending your day-off reading your favourite novel? Well, then head out to The Wiener Library or know more about the city history at the British Museum. Enjoy some of the best contemporary and historical exhibitions at the Brunei Gallery and treat yourself to some of the freshly picked vegetables and fruit at the Bloomsbury Farmers Market. Plan a bowling weekend with your friends at the Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes or visit the famous Noor Inayat Khan Statue which is just 4-minute walk from the SOAS university. Also, do visit the Faulty Towers the Dining Experience, for some lip-smacking menus.

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