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Student life at Central Saint Martins

This is your guide to studying at Central Saint Martins, starting university and living in London. Browse our local area guides, travel tips, work experience opportunities, study support information and more. You can also read loads of student tips written by fellow students. Think we're missing something? Send your suggestions to

On this page you'll find:

Connect | Facilities | Local | Accommodation | Travel | Food | Money | Work | Wellbeing | Study Support | Podcasts


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Arts SU

Arts SU

As a CSM student you'll be part of Arts SU, our students' union.

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Student news

Stay up to date with the latest news, opportunities and helpful information for students across UAL.

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Post-grad community

Join other MA and PhD students from across our six Colleges, in finding exclusive opportunities, project shares, collaborations and networking whilst studying at UAL and as an alumni.

MyUAL app

MyUAL app

Stay on top of your university life with MyUAL and access core digital services directly from your smartphone.

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From the library to the Platform Theatre, learn more about our shared spaces, studios and workshops


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Arts and culture

Check out our guides to art galleries, theatres, cinemas and other cultural institutions around King’s Cross and Archway.

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Viewpoint - King's Cross

Parks and green spaces

There are many green spaces around King’s Cross and Archway for students to relax in.

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Coal Drops Yard

Shops and King’s Cross app

Check out the local shops around King’s Cross, many of which offer a student discount! Don’t forget to download the King’s Cross app, for more exclusive offers and events.

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Student tips

Visit the Halls Life website to read student articles on London living.


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University halls of residence

UAL has 13 halls of residence in London for communal student living. Find out more about how to apply, and where they’re located…

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Halls Life social programme

Our University Halls run a great programme of events for students throughout the academic year, including fitness classes, visits to London landmarks, craft workshops, nights out and more…

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Private accommodation

Many students choose to rent privately near their college. If you need help or support to find your new home, take a look at our advice about renting privately…

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Student tips

Check out these helpful videos and articles from other students on searching for places to rent, checking your house contract and more…


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Find us

Information on how to get to CSM by public transport, disabled access and parking. You can also take virtual tours of the college online!

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Bike storage at CSM

If you prefer to cycle into college, we have 276 bicycle parking spaces monitored by CCTV available for students to use. Find out more about how to gain access…

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Staying safe when you travel

The MET Police website has lots of helpful advice on travelling safely in London by public transport, taxi, on foot or by bike.

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Student tips

Check out these helpful videos and articles from other students on how to travel around London, how to hack rush hour and more...


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Places to eat in King's Cross

There are loads of great places to eat on the doorstep of our King’s Cross site, many of which offer a student discount!

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Places to eat in Archway

Check out the local food spots close to our Foundation site, including great vegan options…

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CSM canteen

With a focus on health and sustainability, the CSM canteen offers meals cooked with local ingredients…

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If you prefer to cook at home, visit the HallsLife website for cheap, simple and healthy recipes…


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Student Advice Service

The Student Advice Service offers advice about funding you may be entitled to during your course. This includes student loans from Student Finance, state benefits, hardship funds as well as tips on managing your money.

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Discount cards

Get your Student Art Pass for free or discounted entry to museums and exhibitions across the UK. You can also buy an NUS Card from the National Union of Students (NUS) or join Unidays, which will save you money at over 200 places, including fashion, electronics and food retailers.

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Save money on transport

With a Student Oyster Photocard, you can save 30% on the price of your Travelcard and Bus Pass. You might also be able to apply for one of a range of National Railcards for further discounts…

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Student tips

Check out these helpful videos and articles from other students on the best student discounts, money saving tips and more…


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You can earn extra money while you study at CSM through our in-house recruitment service ArtsTemps.

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Careers and Employability

Our Careers and Employability team empowers students and graduates to make a living doing what they love, and looks to support those underrepresented in the creative industries.

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Creative Opportunities

If you’re looking for a graduate-level job or paid internship, Creative Opportunities is a great place to start. We advertise hundreds of jobs and paid internships each month, in creative and non-creative sectors.

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Community projects

If you’re interested in volunteering in and around King’s Cross, you can find great opportunities at Volunteer Centre Camden. You can also get involved in Make@StoryGarden.


Mental Health Advice
Mental Health Advice

Counselling, health advice and chaplaincy

We offer free, one-to-one, confidential counselling to students. You can also receive advice on any aspect of health and wellbeing, including lifestyle, healthy eating, physical wellbeing, sexual health and mental health. Check out our advice page on staying healthy while you study.

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Quiet Spaces and meditation at CSM

CSM has quiet spaces available at King’s Cross and Archway for prayer, personal reflection, health requirements, breastfeeding and rest.

We also run free weekly meditation sessions during term-time.

Urgent contacts
Urgent contacts

Tell someone

UAL is committed to promoting a safe and inclusive environment for all students. We take all reports of bullying, harassment and sexual violence seriously. The Tell Someone form enables you to record a concern and be put in touch with a member of staff to discuss next steps.

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Student tips

Check out these helpful videos and articles from other students on how to beat homesickness, managing stress levels, adjusting to London life and more…

Study Support

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Academic Support

Academic Support is provided to help you develop approaches to learning and skills that will be useful in your student life and as a future professional.

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Language Development

If English is an additional language for you, Language Development offers specialist tutorials, classes and resources to help.

Disability & Dyslexia

The Disability Service provides advice and support for disabled students and to students who are dyslexic or have any other specific learning difficulty.

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Student tips

Check out these helpful videos and articles from other students on tips for studying with dyslexia, and more…


Foundations is a series of podcasts produced with current and former students from our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Course.

Episode 1

In this episode, students speak about joining the Foundation course, the challenges, what they would do differently next time, and how the course helped to prepare them for their Undergraduate Degree.

Download the transcript (PDF 85KB)

Episode 2

In this episode, students speak about how the Central Saint Martins support services helped them, including disability and dyslexia support, our free counselling service, and the student centre.

Download the transcript (PDF 85KB)

Episode 3

In this episode, students speak about the study support available at Central Saint Martins, and how it helped them with their research and academic skills.

Download the transcript (PDF 85KB)