See the LIYSF Campus Google map here

There are three underground stops to use for LIYSF:

SOUTH KENSINGTON – for LIYSF main events at Imperial College, the Royal Geographical Society and Blue and Red Halls of Residences 

GLOUCESTER ROAD Red Halls of Residence (Second option for Yellow and Blue Halls)

HIGH STREET KENSINGTON for Yellow Halls of Residence 

International Arrivals at Heathrow Airport

On the arrivals day, there will be a LIYSF staff member based at Heathrow Terminal 3 arrivals hall.

At the airport follow signs for the “Underground“. This is the metro/tube/subway in London. You can take the direct line which goes to and from the airport – The Piccadilly Line (Dark Blue Line). Take this and stay on the train until South Kensington or Gloucester Road. There are roughly 15 stations along the line before your stop and should take around 40/45mins, with trains running every 5-10mins. This is the cheapest option to get to LIYSF from Heathrow. You can use your contactless credit/card directly at the ticket barrier, it’s very easy. Do not take a regular overground train or the Heathrow Express. 

The Queen Elizabeth line (purple line) is now open and you can take this. But you will need to change at Paddington and then on the circle line. This is more expensive (total around £15) and requires quite a complicated change with many stairs at Paddington). We don’t recommend taking the Queen Elizabeth line if it’s your first time in London!

Where to catch the trains?

Heathrow has three London Underground stations – one for Terminals 1, 2, and 3, one each for Terminals 4 & 5, follow the signs in the terminal to the station downstairs. All stations are in Travelcard Zone 6.

For those arriving at Terminal 3, follow the train carriage symbol and signs outside the building (to the right) and go across a large open concourse towards Virgin Atlantic, but don’t go back inside. Take the lifts outside on the left-hand side marked “trains” to level -1. Follow signs and tunnels for the underground, don’t turn left in the tunnel to trains for Heathrow Express, keep walking straight to the underground.

Price and tickets

A single ticket to central London on the Underground costs approximately £6 and you can directly use your contactless credit/debit card at the entry ticket barrier and exit or you can buy tickets from all stations. Please remember to tap in and tap out with the same card. The Heathrow Express train costs £25 for a single peak journey.


Trains leaving FROM Heathrow to London start from 05:12 am and the last train is at 23:48pm. Trains FROM London to Heathrow start from 05:47 am and the last train is at 00:32 am. You can check the Heathrow website for more information.

Other airports

If you are arriving in London at another airport, it’s a good idea to check your route on the Transport for London (TfL) website. For all airports, you should use the TfL route suggested, to central London and then use the underground train to get to High Street Kensington.

Private airport transfer/car

It is possible to book a private car with us to collect you from the airport and drop you off directly at LIYSF. The cost per transfer with a private car from Heathrow is £100 per car/transfer and £145 from Gatwick.

You will be met by an approved driver, who will have a name-board and meet you at the arrivals meeting point/gate at the airport. Payment is arranged directly with LIYSF beforehand, so you don’t have to worry about this on the day and the driver will drop you off directly at your LIYSF halls of residence in South Kensington.

You must book this in advance with us by 1st July, please contact us to book.

Group transfers

Please contact us if you arriving as part of a group, as we have options for providing MPV vehicles, mini-coaches, and full-size coaches to provide airport transfers for you.

LIYSF Halls of Residence Directions

BLUE HALLS OF RESIDENCE (Prince’s Gardens and Queen Alexandra’s House)


Registration at Queen Alexandra’s House, Bremner Road

Directions from South Kensington underground station. At South Kensington station, turn right into the subway tunner sign posted for the museums (this is immediately at the ticket barrier, do not leave stations or go up any stairs). Continue in the tunnel for approx. 8 minutes until you reach the very end of the subway tunnel. At the exit, turn left up Exhibition Road and walk for approx. 3 minutes towards Hyde Park, past Imperial College London on the left, and a big glass building. At the corner of Exhibition Road and Prince Consort Road turn left (the first main road on left). Walk for approx. 3 minutes until you are at the steps of the Royal Albert Hall. Walk up the steps of the Royal Albert Hall and go to the left. On the corner of the street you find is Queen Alexandra’s House, a large red brick 19th-century building. The entrance is on the left up a few steps. 

RED HALLS OF RESIDENCE (Metrogate House and Astor Hyde Park)

Nearest Underground Station: GLOUCESTER ROAD

Registration at Metrogate House

At Gloucester Road tube station, exit the ticket barriers and turn left on Gloucester Road. Walk up Gloucester Road past Boots shop on the left and keep walking up the road. Carefully cross the main intersection with the Cromwell Road. Keep walking up Gloucester Road. Walk for approximately 7 mins up Gloucester Road. Use the first zebra black and white crossing to cross to the right-hand-side of the road. Take take the fourth right onto QUEEN’S GATE TERRACE. Walk down Queens’ Gate Terrace and Metrogate House is the last building on the right, the entrance is up a few steps just a little way before the corner.


Nearest Underground Station: HIGH STREET KENSINGTON

Registration at the Copthorne Tara Hotel

Exit High Street Kensington station ticket barriers and turn left and walk through the first exit of the arcade before you reach the Boots shop turn left and follow the path all the way to the end it will bring you to the Copthorne Tara Hotel (through a small park). If you miss this small shortcut, as you leave the station, walk straight ahead through the shopping arcade, turn left and take the first left onto Wrights Lane). Keep walking down Wrights Lane, past Warner Bros Music, all the way to the end of the street to the Holiday Inn. At the Holiday Inn turn left onto Scarsdale Place and you will see the Copthorne Tara Hotel in front of you. The entrance is on the right under the glass atrium. This is approximately 4 min walk in total.

Directions from Gloucester Road Station

Exit Gloucester Road station and turn left. Walk to the main road (Cromwell Road), turn left, and walk down this main road, passing Waitrose supermarket. Keep walking on this road past the Marriott Hotel, past Sainsbury’s, and Argos for around 8 minutes (at a pedestrian crossing please cross to the right-hand side of the road). You will see Bupa Cromwell Hospital on the right, immediately after the hospital take the next right on to Marloes Road (turn right at the building covered in green ivy plants). Continue up Marloes Road for 5 mins to the top when this curves round to the right into Cheniston Gardens and keep walking straight, past the Holiday Inn on the right and the Copthorne Tara is directly ahead. This is around a 15 min walk in total.


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