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Hi, i'm a 23 year old american female looking to do her masters at Soas next year. After spending a year in china with my own apartment i'm looking for decent accommodations and chances to socialize. For grad studnets Paul Robeson hosue seems to be the main accomadation but reviews for it are awful/ i've heard it's mostly foreign students. In all honesty i'd prefer to live with brits instead of other foreign students like myself (whole reason i'm moving to england is for the british experience). It says there are postgrad spots available in some of the intercollegiate halls like the international hall; however, seems to be mostly undergrads. Would I be too old or out of place at 23 to try for a hall ike that? Is PR house REALLY that bad?
Aloha. Which uni in the states did you go?
No matter where you live, and where you go, you will definitely get the British experience! Being in the heart of London, you'll be surrounded by a melting pot of both traditional Britain, modern Britain and international perspectives. You'll be getting the best of both worlds at SOAS!
Accommodation is dealt by a separate company called Sanctuary Students. Unfortunately, there was a problem with them several years ago, but has gotten tremendously better since then. SOAS is very diverse, with over 50% of our student body being international (representing over 133 different countries). So you'll be getting a mix of international student and English.
The chance to socialise is what we pride ourselves on. At SOAS you'll shape world affairs, explore cultural understanding. SOAS is an education in a hundred different ways. There are many approaches, nuances and subtleties to our historic environment. You'll meet the people and opportunities that will get you to where you want to be. The world is a social place and knowing people, and going to SOAS is the best way to get to know it. Our student union is filled with over 160 societies in which you can join and practically every day there's an event going on revolving around a variety of different issues. You'll be coming in at a perfect time too! The newest addition to our family - The Senate House - will have great new open and social spaces for you to lounge, interact and have fun at!
I don't think you would be out of place at any of our halls. However, PG programmes are very intensive at SOAS and you might be better suited to be around those who are doing the same as you. However, that's entirely up to you and we will support any decisions you do. Lastly, London is quite expensive to live in and most students resort to house sharing and flat sharing to keep cost low. Please take a look at both PR house, intercollegiate housing, independent housing many of our students decides to take (located at the bottom of the link), our guide to finding privately rented accommodation, and other relevant information including popular websites to find accommodation in London, to make sure you make the best decision personally and financially for yourself!
I hope this helps!
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to message me!
P.S. We have an international twitter account you might want to follow. It regularly posts things pertaining to scholarships, finding work in London, events going on at SOAS and in London, accommodation advice, and things to help make your transition and life at SOAS simple and fun! Here's where you can follow them.