Has anyone stayed at the campus accomodations at Queen Mary University-London? The price is right, but it's pretty far from central London (NE of Tower of London area) I'm wondering if the price is worth the distance.
Ayla - I don't know what time of year you're going or how much walking you do, but I find London to be VERY walkable and the underground is so easy and convenient, that if you've found a nice price for accommodations, you'll be fine getting around. If you're like me, you'll basically just be sleeping at the campus - you can spend your days "in the city." Reasonably priced accommodations are SO hard to find in London - so I say go for it!
Thanks Annie. I'm going to be there early and mid September and do lots of walking and bus riding at home. I just haven't really spent time in London and don't have a feel for the distances, but it sounds like getting around won't be an issue.
Queen Mary University is just 20 minutes away from Central London by public transportation.
Did you check London School of Economics? They have many properties that offer single and double rooms around the same price range as Queen Mary University, but they are located well within the confines of Central London (i.e., Bankside House is right behind the Tate Modern and High Holborn is right near the British Museum). I stayed at Northumberland House, which is one of their more expensive properties, but it's 1 block to Trafalgar Square so I saved a lot of money by never having to buy an Oyster Card because I could walk just about everywhere - this made up the difference in room cost for me.
I had looked at the LSE properties, but found them to be $15-$25 more per night than Queen Mary. For two people on a tight budget and a five night stay that adds up.
Would the price in transportation end up equaling that out?
We are also both students and I read somewhere that students can get discounts with the Oyster card. does anyone know anything about that?
I actually studied abroad at Queen Mary back in '97, and stayed in the campus housing. The tube is a 3-5 minute walk from campus, and a short ride into the city. The rooms are very small, but they are nice and clean.
You can buy an unlimited ride day pass each day that is very economical.
Enjoy your trip!