Facilities - Autumn in London
Classes for the Autumn in London program are held at Faraday House, 48-51 Old Gloucester Street, London, in the heart of the Bloomsbury District. It is within three minutes' walk of the Holborn tube station as well as within walking distance of the student housing at Byng Place. Faraday House has a variety of classrooms, an auditorium, a student lounge, and faculty and program offices.
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.