Facilities - Autumn in London
The Florida State University London Study Center
Classes for the Autumn in London program are held at the FSU Study Center, 103 Great Russell Street, London, in the heart of the Bloomsbury District. The Center is one block from the British Museum and less than two blocks from the Tottenham Road underground station.The Center has six floors, which contain classrooms, faculty offices and program offices, a library, a computer laboratory, a video library, a student lounge, a study room, a lecture/theatre complex, a function room and student housing.
The FSU Study Center has a small, but comprehensive library facility containing general reference materials. It offers a small collection of American law materials, plus use of computers for program students. Students enrolled in the Autumn in London program are also permitted to use one of the most comprehensive libraries in the United Kingdom, and which is located nearby the FSU Centre.
Bloomsbury has been described as "The Oxford of London." It is the intellectual center of the city, home to the University of London, the British Museum, and dozens of bookstores. It is both a vibrant center of student activity and a quiet place for studious reflection. As students, you may join the Student Union at the University of London and participate in the many social and educational activities, as well as obtain inexpensive meals and enjoy the atmosphere of the University student pubs. With a student body of over 40,000, the University of London provides a wide variety of resources to students. The British Museum is of course one of the world's outstanding museums. Perhaps its most famous acquisition is the Rosetta stone, written in Greek and two forms of ancient Egyptian script. The controversial Elgin Marbles, sculptures from the Parthenon and the Erechtheum, are the heart of the Museum's Greek and Roman Antiquities collection. Other treasures of the Museum include two copies of the original Magna Carta, a Gutenberg Bible, the 15th century Canterbury Tales and Shakespeare's First Folio.
The area, also known as Russell Square, is full of interesting pubs, such as the Plough, the Lamb and the British Museum Pub. The area is within easy walking distance to most of London's major attractions, including the theatre district, Picadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. It is well served by public transportation. The Tottenham Court underground stop is two short blocks from the FSU Study Center and there are numerous bus lines serving the area.
In addition to its current attractions, Bloomsbury has considerable historical and literary significance. Charles Dickens lived and wrote in the area. In the 1920s, Bloomsbury was home to the famous Bloomsbury group, an association of writers including Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forester, and John Maynard Keynes. Karl Marx wrote Das Kapital at the British Museum library.