SOAS University of London

Student Advice and Wellbeing

Child Care

SOAS does not have a nursery of its own. The following gives information on where SOAS students can apply for nursery places within the University of London and in the local area. Those who require nursery provision in other areas should ask for information from the local council. There is great competition for nursery places so put your name on the waiting list as early as possible.

University Of London Nursery Provision

Institute Of Education Nursery

59 Gordon Square, London WC1H ONT. Tel: 020 7612 609. Priority given to Institute of Education students but SOAS students considered if places are available. 20 places children aged 2-5. Details on the Institute of Education website Institute of Education website:

University College London (UCL) Nursery

50-51Gordon Square. London WC1H ONT.
Tel: 020 7679 7461. 38 places for children aged 3 months to 5 years. Priority is given to students and staff of UCL, but other University of London students considered if places are available. Details on the UCL website.

London School Of Economics (LSE) Nursery

Sheffield Street, 8A Wild Street, London WC2B 5TB.
Tel: 020 7107 5966. 25 places for children aged 6 months to 5 years. Priority to students and staff of LSE.
Application details online at:

Local Day Care Provision

Thomas Coram Nursery

49 Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2NY. Tel: 020 7520 0385 Places for 106 children aged 6 months to 5 years. Must be Camden resident. Places are allocated to those living nearest to the Centre first. For more details see the website at

Collingham Gardens Nursery

Henrietta Mews, off Wakefield Street, London WC1N 1PH.
Tel: 020 7837 3423. Places for 20 children aged 2 to 5 years.
Must live or work in Camden.
email: cgnursery@btconnect

Hampden Children’s Centre

80 Polygon Road, London NW1 1HQ. Tel: 020 7387 1822
69 places for children aged 4 months - 5 years. Also offers holiday provision for 3-7 year olds. Priority given to Camden residents, but service offered to non residents also.

Regent's Park Nursery Centre

Augustus St, London NW1 3TJ. Contact by phone only.
Tel: 020-7387 2382. Camden resident or non resident welcome.
93 places for children aged 0 - 7 years.
2 intakes per year, September and January.

Camden Chinese Community Centre Nursery

9 Tavistock Place, London WC1 age range 2-5 years
Tel: 020 7388 8883

For further facilities in the local area of the Russell Square buildings, contact the London Borough of Camden

For further facilities in the local area of Vernon Square and the SOAS Halls contact the London Borough of Islington.

Childcare facilities and availability of places throughout the UK including all the London Boroughs at:

Part-time early education

All three and four-year-olds are entitled to a free part-time early education place. This means your child will be eligible for five two-and-a-half hour sessions of free early education a week for 38 weeks a year.

The part-time, free early education places are available at:

  • school nursery classes
  • state or private nursery schools
  • day nurseries
  • playgroups and pre-schools
  • accredited childminders who are part of a quality assured network

SOAS Childcare Fund

The School has a small Childcare Fund to help full-time student parents, who are experiencing financial hardship, with the cost of childcare.

Who is eligible to apply?
  • UK, EU and international students with dependant children
  • Priority will be given to lone parents
How to apply?

Contact Student Services at