12 Things To Do While At SOAS


SOAS University London offers an amazing student experience – with plenty of things to do during your student years. London is an unrivalled location for being a student – with tens of thousands of students around the city. Whether you’re an Undergraduate, Postgraduate or even just a visiting student, you will have an enjoyable time! However, unfortunately the time will fly by quickly. Yet this list of different things to do should given you some inspiration to get the most out of your time at the University. This list ranges from things such as landmarks to see, places to travel, and most importantly, graduation! Read on!


While you’ll undoubtedly spend a lot of time in the library, there are many other things to do!



1.  Explore London!


Few cities in the world compare to London. As this article shows, there are many great things about being a student in London! Take full advantage of being here, and go exploring. Obvious landmarks to see include the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and the London Eye! But also consider some of the parks and markets that are available! There are many transport options in London, meaning exploration is easily done! London is an amazing city – make the most of it!


2. Utilise the Student’s Union

SOAS’s Student’s Union is well worth engaging with. They offer many activities for students to enjoy – while there are many societies too! The Union offers over 150 societies – ranging from academic-based to hobby-based – there should be something for everyone! Societies offer an excellent chance to make friends and socialise. The Union is also a good port of call should you need any advice. You could also check out our advice pages too!


3. Learn about Different Cultures!

SOAS features one of the most diverse communities across UK Universities. We are fortunate to have so many nationalities represented by both students and staff. This is something well worth taking advantage of! You can learn about different cultures, and perhaps even try out a new cuisine style! The ability to work with people from different backgrounds is an excellent asset to have!


4. Enjoy the Nightlife!


London offers a stunning nightlife! There are a huge range of places to visit. Whether bars, pubs or nightclubs are your thing – there will be something for you! It is well worth taking time out in the evenings to ‘recharge your batteries’. In the University area there are many nightspots.




5. Try Out the Sport Facilities


The University boasts some impressive sports facilities – as a student here, you should take advantage of them. Whether you are just a casual player looking for something fun and exercise – or someone looking to compete for the University, it is certainly worth trying something! For those who do take sport seriously, SOAS is part of many BUCS leagues, giving you the chance to compete against other Universities, with many sports featuring competitive teams. As mentioned earlier, societies are an excellent way of trying out sports.


6. Visit Bloomsbury Bowling

Bloomsbury Bowling is an activity centre located near the University! It has vastly increased in popularity and is a firm student favourite! Bowling is the main attraction, though the food and drink is a big draw – with their pizza the stuff of legend! Rooms are available for hire, while they have long opening hours. This is a perfect idea for when you and your friends are in serious need of some relaxation!


7. See the Wiener Library

Located near to Russell Square (more on that later), is the well-known Wiener Library. A visit here is a history lesson like no other – with the Library featuring a unique collection of over one million items related to the Holocaust. The Library is named after Dr. Alfred Weiner – a German Jew. This Library offers a poignant and thought-provoking view of one of the worst atrocities in human history.


8. Relax in Russell Square


Always a favourite with SOAS students – Russell Square. This is an area perfect for some downtime, and some much needed green, open space. The square is surrounded by popular attractions and retail outlets, as we’ve already covered. Sometimes it can be nice to escape the hustle and bustle of London – Russell Square offers an excellent spot to do so!




9. Visit the British Museum

The British Museum falls into must-visit territory! Here you can witness some world-famous sights such as the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. Furthermore, you can learn all about British history. The Museum offers a lot to do and see, and is actually much bigger than you would expect! The Museum is very close to our University, and is therefore well worth visiting!


10. Visit Other Parts of the United Kingdom!


The United Kingdom features some incredible cities. Day trips to the likes of Brighton, Reading, Birmingham, and even Manchester or Leeds are reasonable. For an extended trip – consider onward travel to the likes of Newcastle, Bristol or coastal areas! There is a lot to see, the UK features some amazing landmarks! If you are wary of the high train fees – check out our guide here on 7 ways to save on rail travel!




11. Study Hard!

While this isn’t as fun as most of the suggestions in this article – this is still a critical element of University! However, what is most important is to get a good work/life balance. By doing this, you’ll be able to harness your mind’s full capabilities – ending in great results! With the University boasting good graduate prospects, your hard work can certainly pay off!


12. Graduate!


The single most important part of being a student at SOAS – graduation! This is where your year’s of hard work will pay off – ensure you get to this day! It’ll be a proud day for you and your family. Hopefully, on your way to graduation, you’ll be able to complete many of the things in your stay here!





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