Studying near Camden?


If you’re heading off to University or College to further your education – you might have caught our quick start guide to getting ready for your first year. If you’re planning bringing a lot of stuff, you might be interested in educational establishments that are close to our stores.

Here’s a quick summary of London’s Uni’s and College’s that are close to our 3 London self-storage centres.


Camden is well regarded as one of London’s bohemian party Boroughs, a hotbed of music, creativity and performance art. But it is also home to a good number of further education establishments, including some of London’s longest established Universities. As you might come to expect, that also includes more than London’s fair share of Art, Dance and Drama academies and colleges.

University of London

The University of London is a true Federal Collegiate. With 17 colleges and 9 research institutes, it was established by Royal Charter in 1836, when a core group its constituent colleges were brought together.  It’s the second largest University (only to the Open University, which is nationwide). The range of subjects offered is huge, and the University’s collegiate campuses include some big names in their own right…

University College London (UCL)

UCL’s main Campus in Bloomsbury is in the heart of London. It is a 14 minute drive south down York Way from our Camden store. As many students who attend UCL choose to live further North in amongst the bohemian atmosphere Camden offers, we’re lucky to count a fair few as our customers.  The range of courses available at UCL is vast. There really is something for everyone, and being in the heart of central London it is as well connected as a University can be for global learning.

Birbeck UoL

Like UCL, you’ll find Birbeck University of London in Bloomsbury, about 14 minutes drive south of our York Way self storage facility in Camden. Birbeck specialise in evening classes and part-time learning. As such the demographic of students tends to be much broader, but like UCL many enjoy the atmosphere of choosing accommodation in the Borough of Camden.

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Another College of UoL (but only as recently as 2005) the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama was founded in 1906 by Elise Fogerty.  British acting leviathans Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud were both pupils of Ms Fogerty, so the pedigree behind the ‘Central’ is second to none. It started life at the Royal Albert Hall and only moved to the Embassy Theatre in Swiss Cottage in 1957.

The range of courses available to anyone looking for a career in the theatrical entertainment industry is impressive. There’s what you’re expect in terms of acting and performance, but also plenty of choice in stage management, production, costume – even Puppetry. The School is still at Swiss cottage, in the heart of Camden Borough, so if you’re in need of storage – perhaps you’re studying for a BA in Costume Construction and have several suitcases full of your wardrobe creations).

School of Oriental and African Studies Language Centre

SOAS is anther UoL College that is celebrating its Centenary. The range of courses here is about as eclectic as you’ll find anywhere. As the name suggests there are plenty of quite exotic language courses available, but also other aspects of global cultures including Law, Music, Art and Archeology and Financial Studies. So if you’re looking for a global perspective and understanding of different cultures then the courses on offer at SOAS are well worth a look.

The main Campus is just off of Russell Square, and opposite Birbank UoL, so if you’re residing in Camden, studying in Bloomsbury, but focussing your University education China or South East Asia – and you find yourself in need of storage – our Camden branch is our closest for a great deal.

The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

You’ll probably be more familiar with it as RADA – “I trained at RADA, darling”. It’s pretty much the top, most established place in the UK – having been founded in 1904. The list of RADA trained alumni is like the who’s who of  the great and the good in British entertainment – Sir Ken Branagh for example – is the president. The main campus is at Fitzrovia, south of King’s Cross, near the southern end of York Way. So if you’re staying in Camden whilst you study your craft, our York Way branch might be the ideal place should you need storage.

It’s not just those in front of the screen that can train at RADA though. The available courses are wide ranging. From the obvious BA Hons in Acting, to the less apparent – but equally fundamental – Stage Management and Costume Management degrees. They also offer shorter courses in huge range of specialist theatrical subjects too – including ‘Acting Shakespeare’ and ‘Corset Making for the Theatre’ – which might work well together.

Find out more about our offers and deals on London self-storage for students on the main ABC Selfstore website.


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