Arriving in London

 
 

Once you arrive in London, you will need to get from the airport to your residence. Please find some helpful tips for ways to travel from Heathrow or Gatwick airports to your FIE residence. Please contact the Student Life Team if you have questions about how to get to your residence. 

You are required to inform FIE of your flight arrangements prior to your program. You will be prompted to fill in your flight details on your online application page about a month before arrival. If your scheduled flight is delayed, please contact FIE:

Foundation House: +44 (0)207 591 7750
Metrogate: +44 (0)20 7808 0130
24-hour emergency number: +44 (0)20 7808 0131

 

 CHECKING INTO YOUR RESIDENCE

If your school makes group arrangements in coordination with FIE, please follow your group’s instructions for arrival in London. Check with your study abroad advisor.

If you are arriving independently and are assigned to:

Queen's Gate

Hyde Park Gate

Metrogate House

Manson Place

Check in at Metrogate House upon your arrival: 

3-7 Queen’s Gate Terrace

London SW7 5PE

The Crofton

 

Go directly to your residence hall:

14 Queen's Gate 

London SW7 5JE

Lightfoot Hall

 

Go directly to your residence hall:

Corner of Manresa Road and Kings Road

Chelsea, London SW3 6NA

 

 FROM HEATHROW AIRPORT

 BY TUBE BY TAXI   BY TRAIN

Travel like a Londoner! At a cost of approximately £6, this is the least expensive and easiest route to take from Heathrow Airport.  

All students, regardless of their student residence, should follow the signs to the London Underground (Tube) and take the eastbound Piccadilly Line (dark blue).

We recommend purchasing a paper ticket for a single journey to your destination - shortly after arrival, you will receive an Oyster card to use on London transport at registration.

Students living at Hyde Park Gate, Manson Place, Metrogate, Queen's Gate, Lightfoot Hall, or The Crofton, take the Piccadilly Line to Gloucester Road.

You can view a Tube map here.

The most expensive route is to take a taxi from Heathrow. Prices for a licensed black cab from Heathrow start from £45. This is costly, but if you are sharing a cab with another student or have heavy luggage, you may find it worth it.

You can also book a minicab service, but DO NOT take a cab without a meter unless you have called ahead to book the car service. One service that we recommend is Green Tomato Cars.

For more information about taxis from Heathrow, please click here.

The Heathrow Express Train  runs every 15-minutes from the airport to Paddington Station. Current prices can be found on their website. You will then need to make your way from London Paddington station to your residence, either by Tube or taxi. 

On the Tube from Paddington station, take the Circle Line (yellow) or District Line (green) to Gloucester Road Tube station. We recommend purchasing a paper ticket for a single journey to your destination - shortly after arrival, you will receive an Oyster card to use on London transport at registration.You can view a tube map here.

 

 FROM GATWICK AIRPORT

Follow signs at Gatwick Airport to the trains. Take the Gatwick Express Train from the airport to London Victoria Station - trains leave every 15 minutes and current prices can be found on their website. It is advisable to ask which platform you need to wait on, as Gatwick is a mainline station with many platforms and trains to various destinations.

From London Victoria Station, you can take the Tube (approximately £5) to Gloucester Road. Take the District Line (green) or the Circle Line (yellow). It is then a short walk from the Tube station. If you choose to take the Tube, we recommend purchasing a paper ticket for a single journey to your destination - shortly after arrival, you will receive an Oyster card to use on London transport at registration. Students checking in at Metrogate House or The Crofton may also choose to take a short taxi from London Victoria station.

Although Gatwick is farther out than Heathrow, it is a simple process to get into town. A taxi from Gatwick Airport will be extremely costly so we do not recommend this option.

If you plan to fly into another airport, email theThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need guidance on how to get to FIE.

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