SOAS University of London

SOAS into Senate House

Disposal of Vernon Square FAQs

Updated March 2015

Q. When is the move from Vernon Square to Senate House North Block (SHNB) likely to take place?

A. The move to our new campus at the Senate House North Block (SHNB) is scheduled for summer 2016. We will have more specific dates as we progress with the project.

Q. Will SOAS continue to maintain the current building until the move in 2016?

A  Maintenance arrangements at Vernon Square will be unaffected by these developments and Estates and Facilities will continue to hold regular drop in sessions (10-11.00 on Tuesday's and 16.00-17.00 on Thursday's) and aim to resolve outstanding facilities or maintenance issues before the start of term. To report new faults or for general queries please email Estates and Facilities at or call the Helpdesk on 020 7898 4900.

Q. Why are we selling the Vernon Square building for educational purposes only?

A. Current planning regulations classify the Vernon Square building as an educational facility. Therefore we must endeavour to find an educational user who will continue to use the building as such.

Q. What happens if we can’t sell Vernon Square as an educational facility?

A. We have been meeting with Islington Council planning officers to look at the planning options for an educational facility and should this not be successful, to find a suitable alternative use.

Q. Will the existing student housing be affected by the sale of Vernon Square?

A. The student housing (Elizabeth Croll House) managed by Unite is unaffected by the current plans to dispose of Vernon Square.

Q. What will the money raised through the sale of Vernon Square be used for?

A. The money raised through the sale of Vernon Square will be reinvested in the future of the School.

Q. If I have any further questions who do I ask?

A. If you have any questions about Vernon Square or the Senate House North Block (SHNB) project you can email