SOAS University Guide

SOAS University of London is the only University in the whole of Europe that specialises in the studies of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This focus enables the influencers and decision makers of the future to learn and develop skills relevant to pressing issues surrounding these key and infamous areas of the world with the help of internationally renowned staff and tutors.

If you’re thinking about going to SOAS in the coming academic year then hopefully the CBRE Residential University Guide to SOAS University of London will help you to make your decision. In this guide we’ve compiled everything you need to know ranging from a history of the University to student rentals, famous graduates and what it’s like being a student living in London.

Studying at SOAS University of London

SOAS University of London was first opened back in 1916 and is currently ranked in the top 25 Universities in the United Kingdom according to the Guardian University Guide 2018. Since then the University has produced a number of notable graduates and alumni, and built a reputation for not only academic excellence but for world-leading research and tuition in the fields of Asian, African and Middle Eastern studies.

Originally named the School of Oriental Studies, the University registered its first students in 1917 and went from strength to strength. So much so in fact, that by 1938 it had taken on so many students and branched out into so many subject areas that it had to rebrand as the School of Oriental and African Studies – SOAS.

Students at SOAS University of London can choose from more than 350 different degree options ranging from single honours courses to combined degrees with some even incorporating a year abroad at a partner University so that students can learn even more about their chosen subject area in a country relevant to their course. This helps students to develop their understanding of not only the course, but the languages and cultures associated with their area of study.

In addition to these key study areas, SOAS also offers a number of other highly rated degree courses including the widely acclaimed SOAS School of Law.

The SOAS on-campus library has more than one million different texts and electronic resources for students to use; all focussed on the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The recently refurbished library attracts interest from students, graduates and tutors from around the world.

With more than 20 sports teams to join or try out for and over 160 different societies to be a part of there are plenty of opportunities for you to meet new friends. The SOAS Students’ Union has activities and events throughout the year. The Union is the place to go if you’re having any difficulties with your course or being a student living in London.

Of course, the Student’s Union is also home to an on-campus bar where students can meet for a coffee, bite to eat or a drink in the evenings where you can socialise and unwind with fellow students.

Famous graduates and notable SOAS alumni include Aung San Suu Kyi the State Counsellor of Myanmar and the current England rugby union player Maro Itoje.

In addition to the scheduled open days there are also opportunities to be taken on campus tours which are less detailed but often just as valuable in learning about your surroundings and then going off to identify the kind of student rentals near SOAS University of London.

Student Rentals near Bloomsbury and SOAS University of London

At CBRE Residential we have a number of beautifully finished student rentals in London that attract all kinds of students attending different Universities in the city. We can work with you, your requirements and your budget to identify the perfect student rentals near Bloomsbury and SOAS University of London so that you can find the kind of property you’ve dreamed of living in.

While the University itself is in a central London location, this doesn’t mean that you have to be. Should you wish to live in student rentals in Soho or Covent Garden so that you’re close to the vibrant nightlife and shopping areas; we can help.

If you’re interested in living close to SOAS then we have a number of beautiful student rentals in Holborn and Bloomsbury that offer a number of fantastic on-site amenities and modern features. These impeccable student properties offer everything from private balconies to spacious living areas, and we even have a number of 3-bedroom penthouses to rent in Holborn that are simply to die for.

Slightly further afield but still within a short commute of the SOAS campus near Russell Square, we also have student lettings in the Northbank area of London close to the River Thames. Many of these fabulous student properties come with views out over the Thames and are close to a number of London’s main attractions.

Our student lettings team can organise everything from personal and Skype viewings for you or a representative, through to the negotiations with the landlords or owners and even the contracts and moving in dates.

To find out more about buying a student property in London or for more details on any of our student rentals, please get in touch with a member of the CBRE Residential team who will be happy to help you to find the perfect student house, flat or penthouse.

Transport Links

The University is right in the centre of London meaning that you never have to wait too long for a form of public transport to come along to help get around. Buses are passing by the main campus all day, every day, and drive right past a lot of our student rentals in London stopping on Russell Square, Gower Street and Tottenham Court Road; while the Underground service is also easily accessible.

In terms of public transport the best method of payment is by Oyster Card, which is a contactless top-up card that enables you to ride on the Underground, Overground, DLR and buses. If you don’t have an Oyster Card then you can also pay via a contactless debit or credit card. You can find information on how to apply for an Oyster Card and any travel disruption on the Transport for London (TfL) website.

SOAS is located close to the Russell Square Underground station which is on the Piccadilly Line. Goodge Street Station is also within close proximity and is on the Northern Line, making it easy for students to explore the many intriguing parts of London. 

Euston Station is nearby and provides the closest mainline rail links to the rest of the country; and it is only a ten-minute walk to the Eurostar St Pancras, where students can be connected quickly and easily to Brussels, Paris and wider Europe by rail.

Student Life in London

With SOAS situated in the very heart of Bloomsbury students are never too far from something to entertain themselves or the various educational resources they may be looking for. The acclaimed on-campus library has a wealth of materials available but the central London located also means that students are never too far from the British Museum or the British Library should they wish for a cultural experience or to find more resources for their next assignment.

Of course, it’s not all work, work, work at SOAS. Student life in London is also about exploring this vibrant city and locating some of the most exclusive bars, clubs and Michelin-star restaurants. London was recently voted as the third best city in the world for students based on the variety of different bars, clubs, restaurants and live venues.

The glitz and glamour of London’s West End is within a short journey of the main SOAS campus on the London Underground where you will be able to find a variety of theatres and live entertainment venues; while areas such as Soho and Covent Garden are a hive of activity.

Bloomsbury is an almost suburban area of London which is in stark contrast to other areas of the centre of the capital. All around SOAS there are green spaces and squares where you can get outside and relax, with Russell Square a particularly popular area for students between lectures and at lunchtimes. 

Information and Contact Details

More information about studying at SOAS can be found at the main Russell Square Campus, online here.

Click here to find out more about our student rentals near SOAS or to speak to one of the CBRE Residential team about how to buy a student property in London.