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Helen Graham House – Accommodation for students in Holborn
Please note that our waiting list for the academic year 2018-19 is currently closed
Only applications from SOAS students will be processed at this time
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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.
“The staff were very friendly, the building was very clean.”
Bishrel – UCL Student
“I believe that the location, condition and price of this hall is amazing. The regular cleaning of shared spaces is done very well and on time. I really appreciate all of the staff in Helen Graham House.”
Jian Bo – LSE Student
“What I appreciated most of Helen Graham House is the location – it is walking distance from SOAS and from the beating heart of London – and its staff, friendly and helpful. Both made my London experience a pleasant one.”
Lisa – SOAS Student
“Helen Graham House was amazing.”
Kuda – LSE Student
“I have been a resident at Helen graham house since September 2017. I have enjoyed my time here very much and will be sorry to leave to go on my year abroad. I received a very warm welcome from the moment I arrived and I have always felt safe and secure here. The Helen graham house is maintained very well, is always warm and cosy and lovely and clean. The staff here are very nice and welcoming and I always get a lovely simile when I walk in.”
Madelaine – SOAS Student
“The staff are so nice, friendly and helpful. They are really responsible to ensure the safety.”
Miss Guo – UCL Student
“My time at Helen Graham House has been a thoroughly enjoyable one. The staff are always warm and friendly. You couldn’t ask for a more central location, the halls are only a stone’s throw away from the British Museum, and a short walk to Oxford Street, to Covent Garden and to universities such as SOAS, Birkbeck and UCL.
The communal kitchens are a great place to socialise with fellow residents and to meet students from other universities. The kitchens (along with the bathrooms and toilets) are cleaned regularly and are kept to a high standard.
Room sizes seem to vary and it is pot luck what room you get, but rooms have large windows and three lights so are well lit. A down side is that there are only two plug sockets, but aside from that rooms are sufficiently furnished with a bed, desk, set of shelves, and sink, and plenty of storage space: a large wardrobe, cupboard, and under bed drawer.”
Amy – SOAS Student
“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 this marks the hostel from the others in Bloomsbury.
Such an introduction obviously necessitates excitement 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 Residents’ 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, Dhruv. Peter was a great receptionist. I wish him all the best.
In the House, we are forced to acknowledge each other’s presence as we move from kitchen to table, door to window, chair to lounge, dustbin to person (it is an extremely irritating thing to say “hello” every few minutes when you are in a hurry and just want to cook your meal, eat and leave the dining hall but let it pass), and in Life, it is undoubtedly from chapter to chapter, but since some of us will never see each other in the next chapter, introductions and goodbyes should cease to exist.
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 teacup; I have interacted with the kind-hearted and warm Yato who gracefully flaunts her 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. The cleaners and manager are hard-working, happy and smart. Neither do they deserve to remove piles of leftover food in malodorous fridges, in kitchen sinks and on counts nor should they put up with childish students who possess a very small vocabulary (sample this: “Like just like yesterday like I went out with my like boyfriend and like my friends were like like!”) and when the opportunity arises, blame the workers instead of themselves. If only the students could play chief cook and bottle washer and not be heard, the House would be a delight to live in forevermore.
Looking back, London 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. The British Museum simply sparkles my pleasure even more. However, I would not go so far as to say that the residents have been interesting, but that is for another testimonial which would illicit varying uneducated responses as I walk down the corridors of my grand hostel. Put up with it, folks! I am lucky.“
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
Over term-time we can only accept applications from full time students.