Director's Statement

You will come to London expecting to immerse yourself in its bustling and vibrant present-day life. But, to your excitement, you'll find that traces of the city's complex past appear on practically every corner. You will discover that two thousand years of history are sedimented into its built environment and collective memory. Once you are here, try the following experiment. Stand on one of the bridges that cross the River Thames. Look westwards towards the ornate Victorian Gothic of the Houses of Parliament. Turn eastwards towards the dome of St Paul's Cathedral, constructed after the Great Fire of 1666, and then look further downstream to the Tower of London, an austere fortress built by the Norman forces of William the Conqueror in 1078. Remember Marlow, the narrator of Heart of Darkness (1899), Joseph Conrad's chilling novella about the brutality of all empires (not least the British Empire). Waiting for the tide aboard a boat on the Thames, Marlow tries to imagine the thoughts and feelings of a Roman sailor or citizen who came up this river just after the establishment of Londinium in year 43 of the Common Era. Now ask yourself this: what are you thinking and feeling in twenty-first century London in the Age of Brexit?

Located in a gracious Georgian garden square, NYU London sits next to the British Museum in Bloomsbury, the heart of academic London. Our site has both a dedicated professional staff for your care and support and a distinguished faculty to deliver a wide range of acclaimed courses. Wherever possible, your time in the classroom is enhanced and extended by co-curricular activities, such as theatre visits and trips to galleries and places of architectural interest. Other courses may take you further afield: our biology students investigate an important ecological project in south-west England, while those enrolled in the "History of British Slavery" explore the city of Bristol, Britain's largest slaving port in the mid-eighteenth century.

As a NYU London student, you automatically have access to the University of London's main library and become a member of the student union of University College London. This entitles you to join a wide array of clubs and associations, helping to extend your friendship circles beyond NYU. Our Student Life team also offers a comprehensive program of activities and excursions so that you can attend London's football matches, musicals, comedy nights, and exhibitions and visit other regions and cities across the nation. We also encourage you to become more deeply involved in British and European life by performing voluntary work in worthy projects both in and outside your new capital city. All in all, we aim to give you the opportunity for a life-changing experience – an experience that will challenge you academically and enrich your sense of the world and your place in it.

Catherine Robson, Professor
Department of English, NYU
Director of NYU London
Editor, The Victorian Age, The Norton Anthology of English Literature

Facilities & Services

Bedford Square

Video Conferencing

Video Conferencing in the London classrooms allows students in paired classes to communicate in real-time with students and faculty in other NYU Global sites.

Watch the video below and read more Redefining the Classroom: Video Conferencing

The Campus

The NYU London campus is located at 6 Bedford Square, in Bloomsbury. Student facilities at the NYU Center in London include classrooms, a student lounge, meeting rooms with video conferencing and Internet presentation capabilities, a well-equipped research library, and two large computer laboratories.

All students studying at NYU London have access to the University of London's immense library facilities, via the nearby Senate House Library, which provides a rich academic resource for NYU London students. Senate House Library is one of the finest humanities and social science libraries in the UK, and has a special course collection just for NYU London students which holds all the required and recommended reading for NYU London courses.

NYU London offers a special programme in African Studies, with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. NYU London students are able to choose as many as two of five courses on offer at SOAS, and SOAS students can take for credit any of three NYU London courses.

School of Oriental and African Studies

Senate House Library


The NYU Center is centrally located near the many famous colleges of the University of London, including the London School of Economics, University College London, King's College, and the School of Oriental and African Studies. NYU London students have associate membership of University College London's Student's Union, and are able to participate in many of its social events, clubs, and sports, as well as being eligible to use the facilities at the nearby Student Central venue. London is full of opportunities to interact with British residents outside the university setting through the city's outdoor markets and cafés, restaurants and coffee bars, and cinemas and clubs.

The neighborhood hosts many other famous associations and institutes: the Royal Institute of Philosophy, the Architectural Association, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and the British Museum are a few examples. NYU London students are encouraged to participate in the varied and abundant intellectual and cultural life of the Bloomsbury area.

Catherine Robson, Director of NYU London

Catherine Robson, Director of NYU London