The Study Abroad welcome orientation has been organised to introduce you to living and studying in the UK and, specifically, at Queen Mary, University of London. It is a requirement that all new Study Abroad students attend. We will run workshops and presentations with lots of useful information - from registering for modules, getting around London to where to buy food, keeping fit and health & safety.
The orientation takes place Friday January 4th 2013, and there will also be special social events taking place including a boat trip on the River Thames and a London Panoramic bus tour. This is a great chance to meet other new students before you start your studies. The International Student Boat Party will take place on Monday January 7th (meeting from 6.00pm) and the London Panoramic Bus Tours will take place Sunday 6th January (10.45am).
There will be a free bus service for new study abroad students arriving at Heathrow Airport on Thursday 3rd January 2013. Registration for the free airport collection service is now open, please visit: Book the Heathrow Airport Shuttle *Please note when booking you must specify your airline name, flight number, arrival time and the number of the terminal of where you will arrive at London Heathrow.
We regret we cannot arrange airport collection on any other days, or from any alternative airports. For advice regarding travel to the College outside of these times, or from other airports, please see How To Find Us.
The buses will depart from Terminal 3, at London’s Heathrow Airport, to Queen Mary, Mile End campus. We expect that buses will leave Terminal 3 every two hours. Upon arrival you will be allocated to the next available bus.
This service is free of charge to all new Queen Mary students. If you do not book a place there may not be any space left on the bus for you. On-line booking will close on December 14th 2012, we regret we cannot guarantee space after this date as we need to book the coaches in advance.
Family and friends
The airport collection service is for Queen Mary students only. If you are travelling with family members or friends they are welcome to travel on the coach only if there are spaces available. Priority will always be given to students. If a coach is full, Queen Mary staff will assist in directing your family or friends to the College using an alternative form of transport.
Thames Cruise/Boat Party
Monday 7th January sees the official celebration of the arrival of the new study abroad students at Queen Mary, University of London. This event is open to all new students, not just Study Abroad and is always very popular. What better way is there to celebrate than a party cruise along the River Thames?
You can witness views of the city by night from deck and dance the night away with a resident DJ on the upper floors. We will also start the evening with a commentary/tour.
Tickets cost £20 and include entry and a buffet of light finger food. Please note there is no open bar and drinks are not included, there will be a cash bar on-board. To book a ticket please visit: Book the Study Abroad January 2013 Thames Boat Cruise
Tickets will be given out at orientation, nothing will be posted to your home address.
Study Abroad Student Bus Tour of London
On Sunday 6th January 2013, QMUL has organised a London Panoramic bus tours. With the services of a fully qualified, professional tour guides it will provide the perfect introduction to London, one of the greatest cities in the world!
A tour full of history, amazing facts, and above all lots of fun! Feel the vibrant buzz of the city centre, meet other new students and enjoy an afternoon with a view.
Tickets can be purchased at: Book the Study Abroad Bus Tour of London
Student Handbook Spring Semester 2013
The Handbook is your essential guide to your semester at Queen Mary. It also contains a detailed orientation schedule. It is particularly important that you make a note of where you are required to be during the first few days. Please note we will give you a printed copy of the handbook when you arrive. A virtual copy of the handbook can be DOWNLOADED HERE
Get out and see the sights! London has so much to offer!