SOAS is based in the heart of London, and the capital’s rich cultural and social life is literally on its doorstep. Its two campuses – Russell Square and Vernon Square – are just 20 minutes' walking distance from one another and very well served by all forms of public transport. The nearest underground stations, Russell Square and King’s Cross, offer a direct link to London Heathrow Airport and several of London's main railway stations are within easy reach.
The Russell Square campus is in historic Bloomsbury, an area of leafy squares well-known as a haven from the bustle of the city, and also an intellectual centre. The exhibition spaces of the Brunei Gallery and the Foyle Special Collections Gallery are both to be found in the Brunei Gallery Building opposite the main college building. Other colleges of the University of London, the British Museum and the British Library are just a few minutes away.
The Vernon Square campus – housed in an Edwardian building within the New River Conservation Area – is close to the transport links of King's Cross as well as Islington’s boutiques and restaurants. Adjacent to the two SOAS student residences (Dinwiddy House and Paul Robeson House), this campus offers state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources and an internet café alongside spacious social amenities.
Many of the social and sports activities offered by the School are either on site or provided by the University of London Union (ULU), two minutes from Russell Square. The West End’s shops, theatres and nightlife, and Oxford Street and Covent Garden are also all within easy walking distance.