The Lawrence London Centre is located in Bloomsbury – a safe, clean, central area – which is part of the Royal Borough of Camden. Established as a fashionable residential area in the 17th and 18th century, it still features a large number of green spaces with its private and public squares. The London Centre is within walking distance to Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and Soho and our neighbours include

• the British Museum
RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art)
• the London Contemporary Dance School
Charles Dickens Museum
• the Wellcome Collection
• the British Library
Senate House Library
University College London, where London Centre students can join the UCL student union during their term in London.

Bloomsbury is famous for its residents, including Charles Dickens, but most of all for the artists of the Bloomsbury group, including the author Virginia Woolf, her sister and painter Vanessa Bell, writer Lytton Strachey and the painters Roger Fry and Duncan Grant.

The nearest tube stations for the London Centre are Tottenham Court Road (Northern, Central, and soon the Elizabeth Line), Goodge Street (Northern Line), Warren Street (Victoria and Northern Line), Euston Square (Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City Line), and Holborn (Piccadilly and Central Line).  Most London airports, including London Heathrow, can be reached by tube and/or train within one hour.

There are several shops and a wide rage of cafes and restaurants close by, as well as several gyms, one with an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, which can be accessed for a small fee as a day guest.

Lawrence University’s London Centre program is sharing the building complex of 98-103 Great Russell Street with Florida State University.

Facilities, Housing, & Meals

Student flats, classrooms, the library, computer labs, laundry facilities, communal lounge areas, quiet study spaces, and the London Centre office are all located under one roof, at 98-103 Great Russell Street.

The London Centre program accommodates up to 25 students who live together in modern flats. There is no meal plan available for London Centre students and students cook the majority of their meals. A number of major grocery stores are located near the Centre. All flats have a private kitchen which is fully equipped with refrigerators and freezers, range, sink, cupboard space, cookware, dishes, and silverware. Bedding, linens and towels are provided and cleaned every week.

Students submit their roommate preferences as part of their pre-departure enrollment information.  The London Centre director uses this information when making housing assignments. Students will be contacted approximately one month before the start of the program with information about their flat and room assignment.

Technology & Computing Information

The buildings have 3 computer labs, with internet access and free WiFi available 24 hours per day.  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. Please note that at times of midterms, papers, and final projects, demand for computers in the PC labs can be high.

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