Arriving in London
Students, if your school makes group arrangements in coordination with FIE, please follow your group’s instructions for arrival in London.
With the exception of Mansion SW3 students, if you are arriving independently, you must check in at Metrogate Residence upon your arrival.
The Metrogate address is 3-7 Queen’s Gate Terrace London SW7 5PE.
Mansion SW3 students should make their way directly to:
Mansion SW3, Corner of Manresa Road and Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 6NA
You are required to inform FIE of your flight arrangements prior to your program. If your scheduled flight is delayed, please contact FIE at:
Foundation House: 011-44-207-591-7750
24-hour emergency number: 011-44-207-808-0131
From Heathrow Airport
The least expensive and easiest route is to take the tube directly from the airport. Follow the signs in the terminal to the Underground and take the Piccadilly Line (dark blue) to Hammersmith Station and then change to the District Line (green) to Gloucester Road.
** Please note that planned engineering works mean that the Piccadilly Line will not stop at Gloucester Road from 24th May until December 2014 and therefore it is necessary to make the change at Hammersmith.**
This costs approximately £5. From the Gloucester Road stop, walk or take a taxi to Metrogate Residence. This is very easy if you are not carrying too many bags - another reason to pack light!
Please note: The closest tube station to the Mansion SW3 residence is Sloane Square.
The most expensive route is to take a cab from Heathrow. A licensed black cab will cost around £40, depending on traffic. This is costly, but if you are sharing a cab with another student and have heavy luggage, you may find it worth it. Don’t take a cab without a meter unless you have called ahead to book a car service. We recommend Green Tomato Cars.
The Heathrow Express train runs every 15 minutes from the airport to Paddington Station. Current prices can be found on the website. You will then need to make your way from Paddington to your residence, either by tube or taxi.
From Gatwick Airport
Follow signs at the airport to the trains. Take the Gatwick Express train from the airport to Victoria train/tube station. Current prices can be found on the website. Trains leave every 15 minutes. It is advisable to ask which platform you need to wait on, as Gatwick is a mainline station with trains to other destinations. From Victoria, either take the Circle or District underground train to your closest tube station (approx £4) and walk or take a taxi directly to your residence (approx £10).
Although Gatwick is farther out than Heathrow, it is a very simple process to get into town. Do not take a cab from Gatwick unless you want to spend a fortune!