Welcome to London!

Welcome to London! As you get settled in, take a glance at the various events & information sessions going on during Arrivals and Orientation week. Please note that some of these sessions are mandatory.

For each event, click on the name of the venue for a map of its location. Jump ahead to:


Tuesday, 17th January

Faraday House open from 8:30am to 8:00pm

10:30am to 4:30pm | Faraday House | First Stop, Faraday!

Come check out your home-away-from home, Faraday House! Meet your fellow students, chat up the staff about life in London, and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. Also use this opportunity to make a photocopy of your passport – you will need to hand in a copy to receive your Faraday House building pass & SU London ID. You’ll need a passport-sized photo for your ID – if you don’t have one, there is a photobooth in the student lounge.

4:15pm | Gazzano (Pre-Arranged Housing) | Meet Student Guides

Students in pre-arranged housing can meet up with student guides ahead of the mandatory orientation seminar in the Royal National Hotel.

5:00pm to 6:00pm | Royal National Hotel, Galleon Suites B & C | General Orientation Seminar [MANDATORY – All students]

Learn important London info, get a sense of the week’s schedule, and receive your student packs at this MANDATORY event. All students should arrive promptly! The Royal National Hotel is locate at 38-51 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0DG.

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Wednesday, 18th January

Faraday House open from 8:30am to 8:00pm

9:30am | Royal National Hotel, Lobby | Meet Student Guides

Those students who will be seeking independent housing should meet student guides at this time to walk to Faraday House.

10:00am to 11:00am | Faraday House Auditorium | Housing and Transportation Orientation Session [MANDATORY – Independent Housing Students]

11:15am to 12noon | Faraday House Classrooms | Housing Orientation: Small Group Breakouts [MANDATORY – Independent Housing Students]

12noon onwards | Throughout London! | Have lunch and go flat hunting!

Please note that during A&O week, a Housing Desk in the Student Lounge will be open to students with housing concerns. Guides will be on hand to help you meet other students, get the latest news on flats, or just get a better idea of what you need to know about living in London.

1:15pm | Gazzano (Pre-Arranged Housing) | Meet students guides and walk to Faraday

2:00pm to 3:00pm | Faraday House Auditorium | Housing and Transportation Orientation Session [MANDATORY – Pre-Arranged Housing Students]

5:30pm to 7:30pm | Faraday House Basement | Meet & Greet Event!

Spend your evening with us and get the chance to meet other students and SU London staff, faculty, and alumni! The Student Life team will be on hand to answer any questions you have about settling in London. Food & drinks will be served.

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Thursday, 19th January

Faraday House open from 8:30am to 8:00pm

SU London staff members will be available from 10am to 4pm for students seeking academic advice and a housing advice desk can be found in the student lounge.

Want to get your bearings? Go on a Neighborhood Walking Tour leaving right Faraday House. Meet in the Student Lounge at 1:45pm.

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Friday, 20th January

Faraday House open from 8:30am to 6:00pm

Faraday House Auditorium | Academic Orientation & Registration [MANDATORY – All Students]

9:30am: Student with last names  A – F

11:15am: Students with last names  G – M

2:00pm: Students with last names  N – Z

All students must submit a signed registration form at the conclusion of the session to Registrar Eugenia Francis. These forms are included in your welcome pack. Your registration is not complete until you return your signed form!

1:00pm to 2:00pm | Faraday House, SR 205 | Internship Information Session | [MANDATORY – Internship Students]

All students who have applied for a London internship are required to attend this meeting. Please note, if you have not already applied for an internship it is no longer possible to register for this option.

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Sunday, 22nd January

Faraday House open from 9:30am to 5:00pm

9:45am departure | Meet at Faraday House | Tour of London to Greenwich

SIGN-UP BEGINS WEDNESDAY 18th JANUARY at the Housing Desk at Faraday House. There is a £10 refundable deposit due when you sign up for this trip.

To welcome you to London we have organized this bus tour of our most famous historical and tourist attractions, ending at world-famous Greenwich: home to the Meridian Line, the Royal Observatory and the outstandingly beautiful Baroque architecture of the Royal Naval College, overlooking the Thames. Greenwich has become extremely fashionable in recent years and has been chosen as the site for the 2012 Equestrian Olympic events. Join us for your chance to lunch in this bijou corner of London, or shop vintage and modern in its trendy markets.

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