The Lawrence London Centre is located in South Kensington – a safe, affluent area – in the heart of central London. South Kensington is a neighbourhood that sprung up as a direct result of the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park.  In only a couple of decades, it went from farmland to one of the most fashionable districts of London.  The Exhibition caused the creation of buildings supporting the arts and sciences, such as the Royal Albert Hall, Natural History Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.  The borough’s absorption into London was sealed with the creation of the Gloucester Road and South Kensington Tube stations in 1868.

The London Centre's home is in a safe, clean, and affluent area that is near many museums and royal parks.  The London Centre is located only a ten minute walk south of Hyde Park and less than a fifteen minute Underground (the “Tube”) ride from Piccadilly Circus.  The London Centre building is only a short walk away from the Gloucester Road (say: Gloss-ter) Tube station which is on the Piccadilly, Circle, and District lines.  The area is largely residential with the addition of shops, restaurants, and a large number of hotels.  Lawrence University’s London Centre program is centred at the Foundation for International Education’s (FIE) Foundation House study centre on Cromwell Road.  Housing facilities are provided through the Foundation for International Education (FIE) who have a number of residential buildings in the area.

Facilities, Housing, & Meals

Residence halls are within walking distance of Foundation House which houses classrooms as well as faculty and administrative offices. The London Centre Director's office is located in Foundation House. Most lectures take place in the Foundation House classrooms although classes also regularly meet at museums, concert halls, theatres, and other locations throughout London.
student cooking in dorm kitchen

The London Centre program accommodates up to 25 students who live together in student residence halls. The main residence also contains a computer room, limited laundry facilities, study spaces, and communal living areas. Students are housed in double, triple, or quad rooms. There is no meal plan available for London Centre students and students cook the majority of their meals. Several major grocery stores are located near the Centre. Shared cooking facilities (including refrigerator, range, sink, and cupboard space) are located in the residence hall. Cookware, dishes, silverware, bedding, and linens are provided. Students need to provide towels. Many student rooms have en suite bathrooms.  More information about residential facilities provided by FIE can be found here.

Students submit their roommate preferences as part of their pre-departure enrollment information.  FIE's Student Life office in London use this information when making housing assignments.  The Student Life team contacts students approximately one month before the start of the program with information about their residential building assignment.  Students receive information about their specific room and roommate assignment upon arrival in London.


Technology & Computing Information

The main student residence hall has a PC lab with internet access available 24 hours per day.  There are also laptop hookup stations in the PC lab where students can connect to work or print from a personal laptop.  There is a charge for printing and copying.  Some students find it helpful to bring a jump drive they can plug into a USB port on any of the computers. At times of midterms, papers, and final projects, demand for computers in the PC lab can be high so bringing personal laptops is encouraged. The London Centre has wireless internet access for students with laptops.

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