SOAS is based in the heart of London, and the capital’s rich cultural and social life is literally on its doorstep. It is based in Russell Square and it is very well served by all forms of public transport. The nearest underground station, Russell Square, offers 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.
In September 2016 SOAS opened the Paul Webley Wing of Senate House. The redevelopment of this iconic building enables SOAS, the world's leading institution for the languages, cultures and societies of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, to improve the student experience significantly by offering modern facilities. It will enhance learning and teaching spaces for staff and students and it also unites the SOAS campus in Bloomsbury. Other colleges of the University of London, the British Museum and the British Library are just a few minutes away.
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.