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Helen Graham House – Accommodation for students in Bloomsbury
Helen Graham House is one of our most popular accommodation options for university students in London, with 24/7 single and twin rooms housed in a stunning period building. It offers safe, comfortable and affordable Bloomsbury student accommodation to both male and female students. Our contracts have flexible lengths and require no deposit.
Bloomsbury is one of the capital’s most exclusive areas, boasting a central location with pretty much the whole of London on its doorstep. Helen Graham House itself is located opposite the British Museum and is a great base for students wishing to make the most of their time at London – and a great alternative to a traditional Halls of Residence.
A key reason why Helen Graham House is one of the most popular student accommodation options in Bloomsbury is its proximity to some of the city’s key schools and universities. It is a short distance from University College London (UCL), The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London Business School (LBS), London School of Economics (LSE), the University of the Arts London (UAL), the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), King’s College, Regents College, the University of Westminster campuses – and several language schools in central London.
“When I arrived at Helen Graham House in late September 2017 I was excited. As an Indian who has been to Britain several times, I knew what to expect—bitterly cold weather from the north winds and incessant rain. The website I had booked my room on said Helen Graham House is a 19th century building. It had afforded me a historical lens to see where I was going to be staying, what perhaps everyone in this building calls the hostel “opposite the British Museum” because that marks this hostel from the others in Bloomsbury. Such an introduction necessitates excitement obviously as our beings are riven with stories of colonisation and conquest. This House will ever be (I wonder if professor Graham has anything to do with the naming of this space) connected to the Museum and also to the mispronunciation of its middle name by newcomers: Graham instead of Greyum. It was with such an onomatopoeic tongue that I was introduced to Nokwazi (easier to pronounce but harder to spell).
I told her I wanted a room fast. She understood why I was in a hurry (I had not eaten a curry all day) and was jet-lagged. Swiftly and with considerateness, she guided me to my door and on the way, here and there pointing to important rooms like The Residence Lounge—my “Room of Requirement”—she tucked me into my room within one hour of my landing. I was thankful.
As a student at the School of Oriental and African Studies, the lounge has been my library, my TV room, my hideout that has converted me into a troglodyte observing the camera as the camera observes me. I feel secure in this room as CCTV cameras are necessary in any public environment. Thank god the bedrooms do not have them! They are however wanting in the corridors on my floor and this means I am uncomfortable without them outside my room, for who knows who knocks on my door in the morning demanding breakfast?
Peter was working here at that time. He is a compassionate man who has made a lasting impression on my mind. As I recall him I see his nonchalant demeanour and remember his last words which were said to me in a Hungarian accent: Goodbye. Sometimes hello loses its essence and goodbye carries its sadness. In the House, we are forced to acknowledge each others presence as we move from room to room, kitchen to table, door to window, chair to lounge, dustbin to person, and in Life, it is undoubtedly from chapter to chapter, but since some of us never see each other in the next chapter, introductions and goodbyes cease to exist. Peter was a great receptionist. I wish him all the best.
Time flies (as the boy said when he threw his clock out of the window). Sharon, Yato and Francis have been wonderfully kind, sweet, apologetic, professional and marvellously jovial. I have seen motherly Sharon sip her hot tea in a white cup; I have interacted with the kind-hearted and warm Yato who gracefully flaunts her red lipstick and unambiguously positive eyes; I have conversed with Francis the most, and I must say, Francis does not need charisma—he is walking charisma every second of the day.
Stuck between my School and the House is The British Museum whose treasures haunt me to the marrow of my bone. The fact that I can go for an occasional stroll to circumambulate precious artifacts is a great blessing despite the grief-stricken past tied to it. But what transforms this old building into a haunted mansion of friendly ghosts whom I conversed with during Christmas are the people who work inside it. In the 21st century, when mobile phones and computers are the main means of work, when students who do not know how to cook play with each other on leather sofas, when these same 27-year-old children do not know how to flush the toilets they use, it is absolutely amazing to live in a building that is run by a fantastically aware and intelligent team who know how to keep calm and quite at the right time. Looking back, Bloomsbury is indeed blessed to have not only the employees of Optivo (then called Viridian Housing when I had arrived on that moist September day) but also this magnificent building from history. I would not go so far as to say that the residents have been interesting, but that is for another testimonial to be washed away by the rain.”
Dhruv Ramnath – SOAS
Helen Graham offers a choice of accommodation in single or twin rooms.
- Single bed
- Chest of drawers
- Vanity mirror
- 50Mbps of building-wide WiFi is included in your rent and available as soon as you move in, with the option to upgrade
- 24-Hour reception
- Large common room
- Self-catering kitchens and dining areas
- Shared bathrooms (some single gender and some mixed gender)
- Comfortable TV lounge
- Staff onsite during office hours
- Cleaning service (communal areas)
- Security staff onsite (evenings and weekends)
- Ironing board
- Vacuum cleaner
- Secure key fob entry system
- Bike storage
We can accept applications from students and young professionals that fit the following criteria:
- Aged between 18-35
- Earning up £40,000 per year
Please note that the maximum stay at Helen Graham House is 5 years.