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
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:
Check in at Metrogate House upon your arrival:
3-7 Queen’s Gate Terrace
London SW7 5PE
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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, or Metrogate, 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.
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 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.