London Student Life

Housing and Accommodations

Housing for the Temple London Program involves dormitory-style accommodations in some of London’s best neighborhoods and are typically a short walk to the classroom facilities.  Typically, student housing is located in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Some of London’s most famous streets, academic institutions, and historic sites lie in the immediate neighborhood. The majority of students live in double-occupancy rooms, while some will live in single, triple or quadruple rooms.  Each student residence hall has kitchen facilities with basic cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. You will need to supply your own bath and kitchen towels. Rooms are cleaned and linen is changed weekly.  Temple students are typically all housed together in one of five student accommodation options in Kensington, by our partner, FIE (Foundation for International Education) and students are notified approximately one month prior to departure of their housing assignment.  Additional information, including photos of the housing, can be found on FIE’s website here.

Temple London has partnered with FIE since 2001 and their onsite staff welcome students every semester and summer, proving a variety of services before during and after their time in London.  Jade Jarvis, reporting for TUTV during the Spring 2014 program, gives you an insiders look at all that FIE has to offer, including interviews with FIE’s student life staff!

Field Trips and Transportation

The Temple London program aims to fully immerse students in all that London and the surrounding area has to offer.  Planned by the Temple faculty director in London, typical field trips and excursions have included the following:

  • Tour of Parliament
  • Tour of the British Library
  • Royal Albert Hall
  • High Tea at the Orangery – check out the Fall 2014 group enjoying afternoon tea amongst the beauty of the Royal Kensington Gardens!
  • One or more plays on the West End
  • Tower of London
  • Olympic Village tour
  • Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Museum of Brands
  • Large and small group dinners
  • Brighton, Beachy Head and Seven Sisters day trip (typically on a Saturday)
  • Oxford and Cambridge day trip (typically on a Saturday)
  • Stonehenge and Bath day trip (typically on a Saturday)
  • An Oyster travel card is valid on unlimited trips on the London subway system (the tube) between zones 1-2, and on the whole London bus network for the duration of the program.  More information on transportation and travel in and around London can be found here.

Foreign correspondents for TUTV, Jackie Nelms and Taylor Garland, give you the scoop on transportation in London and in particular, the invaluable Oyster Card system, which is included in your program fee!  Check out their package from the Fall 2014 program below.

London also offers world-class museums, parks, markets, galleries, many that are either right in the Kensington and Chelsea neighborhood or just a short tube or bus ride away, and much more all for free!  Check it out here.  The FIE Student Life office also offers a variety of events and activities in and around London, or even as far as Wales, at greatly discounted rates.  More information and additional tips for experiencing London inexpensively can be found here and on the FIE Facebook page here.

Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to Kathryn Warburton, Ryan Farber, Caprice Hoeveler, and Ilya Tetelman winners of the Fall 2011 FIE Photo Competition.  Check out theirs and other winning photos here.

Student Videos

Take a look at life in London through the eyes of the students themselves!

Temple London Fall 2013 has two student reporters, Mariana Zimmerman and Rob Monroe, sending special reports from London to air on Temple Update!  Check out their first report from September 2013 below!

Temple London Fall 2013 students talk about how they spent their Fall Break on this segment of Temple Update.  Watch (and be jealous!) below!

Temple London Fall 2013 students reminisce about their semester in London and what they’ll miss most for the final report from TUTV in London by Mariana Zimmerman and Rob Monroe.  Check it out below!

Follow Erik Waldman as he explores all that London has to offer during the Spring 2012 semester. Watch Erik’s latest video blog below or view all of his videos here!

Watch Owen Pelesh on his semester abroad in London! Check out his last update below or see all of Owen’s video blogs here!

Study Away alum Jake Rasmussen was given the chance to make a phone call to his past self back during his summer in London. What advice would you make sure to give to yourself if given the chance?