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St George's, University of London (SGUL) (Formerly known as St George's Hospital Medical School) is a specialist medical and healthcare college of the University of London and is one of the oldest institutions to offer medical training in England, only second to University of Oxford.
In addition to Medicine, St George's offers undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Science, Biomedical Informatics and Physiotherapy and, through the joint Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences with Kingston University, offers degrees in Diagnostic Radiography and Therapeutic Radiography, although both radiography degrees are based at Kingston University.
The Students' Union organises various activities, the best known being its fancy dress discos and its contributions to Rag Week, the annual series of fund-raising events, when it regularly raises more money for charity per capita than any other London medical school.
Famous alumni include:
- Edward Jenner (Doctor who developed the smallpox vaccine)
- Henry Gray (Famous anatomist, most noted for publishing Gray's anatomy)
- Harry Hill (Comedian)
- John Hunter (Father of modern day surgery)
- William Hunter (Anatomist)
- Patrick Steptoe (Developed in vitro fertilisation)
- Thomas Young (Polymath who came up with Young's Modulus/ Wave theory of light)
- Edward Adrian Wilson (Polar explorer)
- Heenal Raichura (Britain's youngest Doctor)
St. George’s library is located on the first floor the medical school and is divided in 4 functional areas:
- Circulation, books, and group study
- Silent study and journals
- Computer workstations
- Group Discussion Rooms
The circulation area comprises of the enquiry desk, the books, self-issue and returns machines, photocopiers, group discussion rooms, current journals, and study desks.
The silent study area has 120 study places and contains the collection of print journals.
The computer workstations and printing facilities covered in the section below. Along with the 3 computer workstations, students are able to borrow laptops for a renewable period of 5 hours.
There are approximately 42,000 books and audio visual items; 200 e-books Journals - 500 print subscriptions and over 7,000 electronic subscriptions- All of them specific to health, medicine, and allied subjects.
There are four group discussion rooms, available via a booking system, for group work and discussion.
for a more detailed look at the library services, you can look at the library's website here: 
IT and computing
The Library has three Computer rooms housing over 110 open access PCs. Students at George’s can access computers 24 hours a day (and this is actual 24h, not 24 hours 9-5, all you need is your library card to swipe through the doors).
Black and white printing is available in each Computer room while colour printing is available in CR3 only. Printing is charged at 5p per A4 sheet for black and white and 50p per A4 sheet for colour, with prepaid money taken from your photocopy card at the printer terminal. The colour printer is rarely used as it is just lecture slides and journals that need to be printed, and these are clear in B&W
The library and indeed the entire medical school have wireless connectivity, via the Janet Roaming Service- all you need is a notebook and a wireless card. A lot of support and guidance is available for new students setting up wireless.
If you are into sport, you are spoilt for choice at St George’s. Whether your international standard or have never played sport in your life, George’s offers teams to suit your abilities. The majority of our sports teams play in BUSA and ULU leagues and cups. There is also the added competition of the historic inter-medical school battles in the United Hospitals and National Medical Schools competitions.
The Rob Lowe (not that one) Sports Centre on the St George’s site boasts several squash courts, aerobic training rooms, and two well-equipped weight-training rooms including free weights. In addition, a large sports hall is used for badminton, volleyball, netball, five-a-side football, cricket nets and other training activities.
Away from St George’s, we have a ten-hectare sports ground (Chelsea’s) at Cobham in Surrey. We Row at Chiswick on the Thames and sailing based at Royal Victoria Dock.
“Run by students for students, we strive to provide the best possible choice of social and sporting activities and to make your life at St George’s as stress-free and pleasurable as possible.” the best way to socialise and meet new people at George’s is through sports, with weekly socials, games, and training.
being part of a hospital does have its advantages, and having an A&E department and a walk in clinic on your doorstep are two of them. having said that though, new students are encouraged to register with a local GP in tooting- there are over a dozen local practices.
On the social side of support, the university has 3 full time counsellors, your personal tutor, your George's family, Nightline and all the services offered by ULU. These are free services and used by all students. The university has specialist advice and counselling services on a wide range of issues students face such as ;money, accommodation, family troubles, stress, and study support.
In the medical school itself there are two coffee shops, a bookstore, and a corner shop. These sell snacks, George’s merchandise, stationary, and even event tickets. The book store regularly has sales, and has a constant 10% discount on the books it sells, which are usually the ones you want as they are bought by request of lecturers and students.
In Tooting, just minutes away, there are all the shops you'd expect to find in a busy London borough- Sainsbury's, Tk Maxx, New Look, Primark and so forth for your weekly shops.
There are two coffee shops in the medical school; Peabody's and Eddie Wilson's. PB's is situated all over the hospital and offers a wide variety of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, and paninis. Along with the two coffee shops, the hospital has its own canteen with comprehensive student discounts.
Edward Wilson was a famous polar explorer and George's graduate. Besides being a polar explorer, he is noted for being a physician, naturalist, painter, and ornithologist. He accompanied Scott on his final journey to the South Pole, where he died. Eddie Wilson's was named in recognition and in his honour, and as such, is decorated with murals and photos of the polar expedition, as well as being freezing.
The food and drink they sell, is hot and reasonably priced. They sell have pastas, smoothies, yogurts, as well as the usual supply of tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
On the ground floor of the medical school there is a Natwest branch and an ATM. Just round the corner, in Tooting, there are branches of Natwest, Nationwide, Halifax RBS, Lloyds, Abbey, HSBC, and United Trust banks. There are many more, but these are the most well known and used.
The closest underground station to George's is Tooting Broadway on the Northern Line (Black line on underground maps). Just outside the underground station, most of the buses that operate in the local area pass through. A few of the buses that will get you to Tooting are: 44, 57, 131, 155, 219, 280, and the 493. If you live in George's brand new halls, and you're running late, or even just having a lazy morning, the G1 bus will pick you up from outside halls and drop you right outside the medical school. For up-to-date and travel advice, the Transport for London (TfL) website has the best service, http://www.tfl.gov.uk/
Regular users of the buses and/or underground are advised to get an Oyster card as this saves a great deal of time and money. Your daily spend is capped at the cost of a travel card covering the zones you have travelled in. You can top the card up online but you have register to do this. If you prefer anonymity you can top the card up using cash at any of the outlets, which are mostly newsagents and similar.
As a University of London college, George’s has access to the services and facilities provided by the University of London, this includes its careers advisors. There are several careers advisory services available to SGUL students; the University of London careers service, the Specialist Institution Careers Service, and the Kingston University careers service.
Part time work is available through the SU, whether it be working behind the bar or one of the shops. Also, work is available as a student ambassador through the Widening Participation Department with an excellent pay rate. Of course there is tooting, and the rest of London if you’d rather work in a shop, pub, or club. Students are not discouraged from getting work, but are encouraged to consider the aspects of working apart from making a bit of cash. Students at George’s can expect their timetable to span a 30h working week. On top of this, students are required to read and study outside class, adding perhaps another hour or two a night, adding up to a 40h week minimum. Could you do an additional 10 or 20 hours every week? It would be impossible, both physically and psychologically to have a full time job while studying at SGUL.
There is a chaplaincy service at SGUL providing a pastoral resource for students of all faiths and those who have no particular religious affiliation. There is a prayer room in the Jenner wing for students who need it, and a chapel on the ground floor of the hospital for anyone to use. The chapel is staffed by a Chaplain, a Rabbi, and an Imam for guidance and support. Minutes away there are many more places of worship in and around tooting.
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Bars, pubs and clubs
There are a lot of pubs and bars around tooting regularly frequented by the students at George’s. because of this, many of them offer George’s discount, where they give 10% of all purchases- pretty good huh? Of course you can always drink at the union or head into London for a night out, just budget wisely if you’re going to do the latter.
At George's there is a common understanding - work hard, but play harder, and in that vein, the Union regularly hosts events throughout the academic year. They are nearly always themed, and students and staff alike do themselves proud with elaborate, imaginative and ludicrous costumes. Students at George’s are welcomed to the family with a massive freshers’ fortnight, a proper one, 14 days and nights with action, initiation, and tradition. During term time, there are plenty of opportunities to socialise with other students from the rest of the college, including union nights, subject ‘bashes’ into London (all students from one course go to a club/ bar for a night to swap stories and just have a good time)
Clubs and societies
All rooms have: • En suite bathroom, with shower, toilet, sink, and mirror • TV and Satellite aerials • Telephone, with individual phone number (local BT numbers) • Desk and chair • Both wired and wireless high speed internet access • wardrobe and storage spaces As well as this, the halls have: • Bike sheds (approx 150 places) • Management suite and reception area • 24 hour security staff and comprehensive CCTV
There is only one halls of residence at George’s: the brand new Horton Halls, named after the former vice-principal, Roger Horton, opened in January 2008, by HRH Princess Anne.
Horton is comprised of five blocks, A through E. The blocks comprise two or three wings, each with five to six bedrooms plus a shared kitchen. Each of the five common rooms – one in each block – is equipped with a 42in plasma TV screen, while individual rooms have TV, satellite and radio aerials, along with phones that operate via the Ethernet. Every room has an en suite bathroom. Each flat’s kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher (no excuses for not doing the washing up), along with two of everything: cookers, hobs, ovens and fridge freezers.
Horton Halls are just a 15 minute walk away from George’s (ten if you’re a fast walker). You rarely do this walk on your own. As the only H.o.R, there is a constant stream of students to and from college during the day, and after freshers’ fortnight, you’ll almost always see someone you know.
The students union is based on the second floor of the medical school. The union comprises of a large bar (the longest of any London medical school), game rooms, music rooms, snooker room, coffee shops, common rooms and offices. George’s students automatically qualify for NUS and ULU membership.
As of September 2012 prices are as follows : £140 - New build, features slightly bigger rooms, new kitchens and larger beds
£130 - Old build (see website, the virtual tour is of the old build)
"St. George's gained an excellent score of 23 out of 24 in the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) inspection of medicine — the highest score of any London Medical School." This makes St. George’s, the best medical school in London and second only to Oxford and Cambridge among England's 25 or so medical schools. Cor Blimey!
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There a several physio students at SGUL who blog on their uni lives. they are quite friendly and more than happy to answer ny questions you have.
- Year two iainmacn and PhysioDom's blog http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=460341
- Graduate JackieS' Blog http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?p=11279701#post11279701