There will be a free bus service for new international students arriving at Heathrow on Saturday 18th September and Sunday 19th September 2010
The buses will run from Terminal 3 at London’s Heathrow Airport to Queen Mary, Mile End campus.
- Please fill in the airport collection form
- We expect buses to leave Terminal 3 every two hours.
After going through immigration and customs, look for people wearing Queen Mary, University of London blue t-shirts. They will wait by ‘Arrivals’ in all four terminals of London Heathrow Airport and direct you to your bus. They will be holding up a ‘Queen Mary, University of London’ sign. If you cannot find us at your terminal, please follow the signs to Terminal 3 arrivals where a member of Queen Mary staff will be waiting during the pickup period.
This service is free of charge to all new Queen Mary students. If you would like to use this service, you must book a place using our online booking form below. If you do not book a place there may not be any space left on the bus for you. We will send you confirmation of your booking at the end of December.
- When you arrive from the airport on one of the Queen Mary coaches, you can collect your keys at your residence (between 9.00am-5.00pm).The name of your residence is written on your licence agreement and students and staff will show you where to go.
- If your coach arrives at QMUL after 5.00pm keys for Mile End residences will be held at the reception of France House, Student Village Westfield Way (which is open 24 hours daily). Keys for Floyer House and Dawson Hall are kept at those residences. We will advise you how to get there when you arrive at Mile End.
- You will need a copy of your licence agreement to collect your keys.
Move in to College accommodation
You can collect you room key from your hall if you arrive during office hours (9.30am to 4.30pm).
If you arrive outside these hours, you must inform the residences office. Your can collect your keys at the reception of Sir Christopher France House in the student village, which is open 24 hours.
If you arrive before your check in day and you need short stay accommodation, the residences website has details on local hotels and hostels [New window].
Arriving by London Underground
The easiest way to get to the main campus at Mile End is by using the London Underground. For information about the underground system in London go to the Transport for London website. Both Mile End and Stepney Green stations are only five minutes’ walk from the Mile End campus.
From Mile End station, turn left outside the station and walk along Mile End Road towards the traffic lights. At the crossing at the traffic lights, cross Burdett Road and continue walking, under the bridge and beyond, for a few minutes along Mile End Road until you arrive at another set of traffic lights. You will see the College clock tower on the opposite side of the road. Cross the road; the main entrance is in the Queens ’ Building, behind the clock tower.
From Stepney Green station, turn left outside the station and walk along Mile End Road for five to ten minutes until you see the College clock tower on your left. The main entrance is in the Queens ’ Building, behind the clock tower.
From Heathrow Airport
The cheapest way to get to the Mile End campus from Heathrow airport is to use the London Underground. Take the Piccadilly Line eastbound to Hammersmith. Change trains at Hammersmith and take the District Line eastbound to Stepney Green. See above for directions from Stepney Green station to the Mile End campus.
From Gatwick Airport
The cheapest way to get to the Mile End campus from Gatwick airport is to use the train and London Underground. Take the overground rail service from the airport to Victoria station in London . You will see signs for the train station at Gatwick in the airport, and trains to Victoria station in London are clearly advertised on the timetable boards in the ticket hall. Ask staff at the station if you are not sure which ticket you need, or where to catch your train. Once you reach Victoria , follow signs in the station for the Underground. Take the District Line eastbound to Stepney Green. See above for directions from Stepney Green station to the Mile End campus.
From Stansted Airport
Trains run frequently from Stansted airport to Liverpool Street station in central London . From Liverpool Street underground station, take the eastbound Central line to Mile End station.
All airports in the UK have a taxi service running from well sign-posted authorised stands. These taxis are the famous London "Black Cabs". Please make sure that you have enough money for this service as it can cost over £60.
You may be offered a cheaper service by mini-cab drivers from inside the terminal building. Mini cabs look like ordinary cars. These drivers are often uninsured or unlicensed so you may not be safe. We advise you not to use these companies.
Trains and Tubes
One of the cheapest ways to travel from airports is to take either the London Underground (The Tube) or airport express trains into central London and then take the Tube to the College. The nearest Tube stations to the the Mile End Campus are Mile End (Central Line) and Stepney Green (District Line and Hammersmith & City Line) stations.
The number 25 bus, which runs from Oxford Circus in central London to Ilford, travels along Mile End Road approximately every ten minutes throughout the day. The bus stops outside the College. You can ask your bus driver to tell you when you have reached the College bus stop. Look out for the College’s clock tower, as the main entrance is in the Queens ’ Building behind the clock tower.
The Medical Campuses
The Whitechapel campus ( Royal London Hospital ) of the School of Medicine and Dentistry is about 15 minutes’ walk from the main campus at Mile End. It is also a short bus ride, or underground journey on either the District or Hammersmith & City lines, to Whitechapel. As you come out of Whitechapel tube station, you are on Whitechapel Road . The Royal London Hospital is opposite the station.
You can reach the Charterhouse Square campus from the Barbican tube station (Hammersmith & City and Circle Lines). Turn left as you leave Barbican, and take the first road on the left ( Carthusian Street ). The entrance to the Charterhouse Square site is through the brick gateway at the end of the first turning on the right.
The West Smithfield campus (St Bartholomew's Hospital) is near the Barbican or Farringdon underground stations. Turn right out of Barbican tube, and turn first right at the traffic lights, into Long Lane. Walk down Long Lane, with the market on your right, into the square which opens up on your left. You will see the entrance to Barts. From Farringdon tube walk up to Smithfield and through the centre of the market building. Barts is on the other side of the square.
You can get detailed directions to these sites from the School of Medicine and Dentistry and you will get further information for international students at the School’s orientation programme, which the school will send you before the start of term.
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- Directions to Mile End Campus
- London Underground
- Heathrow Express Rail-link
- Gatwick Express Rail-link
- Stansted Express Rail-link
- Transport for London
There will be a free bus service for new international students arriving at Heathrow Airport on Saturday 18th September or Sunday 19th September 2010. Please register to use this service.
We regret we cannot arrange airport collection on any other days, or from alternative airports. For advice regarding travel to the University outside of these times, or from other airports, please see How To Find Us.