The College facilities
The Registry of NCH is situated in a stunning and recently refurbished Grade I listed, five-storey townhouse built between 1776 and 1781. It sits in the centre of one of the most beautiful examples of a Georgian terrace and is home to most of the College’s teaching and administrative facilities.
Most of your lectures, seminars and one-to-one and small group tutorials will take place in The Registry.
Each major and minor has a dedicated room in The Registry in which you will find key texts related to that discipline and its courses. There are many quiet rooms throughout The Registry, which are available for tutorials and, when not being used for teaching, for private study.
There are three main lecture rooms at The Registry. The Russell Room on the lower ground floor seats up to 25 and The Conservatory on the ground floor seats up to 30. The Drawing Room on the first floor, with a capacity of 90, is used for larger College events including Convocation, Professorial Lectures and Open Days.
The two-storey Mews to the rear of The Registry is the social hub for our students. The first floor of the Mews houses the Junior Common Room (JCR) where you can hang out, watch TV, eat lunch or finish an assignment. It is also the venue for student bar nights, film nights and parties.
On the ground floor of the Mews you’ll find the student kitchenette, complete with a kettle, a fridge, a microwave and a dishwasher, as well assorted crockery. The College provides tea, coffee, milk and sugar for students.
The ground floor is also home to The Study, a quiet space specifically kitted out for students to work in as an alternative to the library.
The two main administrative offices are on the ground floor of The Registry.
As a student, your first port of call with any queries whether academic or personal will be the Student Support Office. Our Admissions Office is also located on the ground floor.
Bedford Square Gardens
Opposite The Registry is the tranquil and beautiful Bedford Square Garden, the first garden square with an imposed architectural uniformity, which sets the style for garden squares across London.
The College holds keys to this private garden to provide students and staff with the opportunity to revel in this Grade II listed haven of greenery with lawns, perimeter shrubbery, plane trees and winding pathways.
University of London Student Central
While the NCH Student Union has clubs and societies which cater for a variety of pursuits, there may be times when you want to enjoy an activity requiring specific equipment or a larger number of students.
The University of London has more than 120,000 students and Student Central provides you with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of clubs and societies with students from other colleges. NCH students are eligible for an associate membership of Student Central, which costs £20 per year.
Energybase is a health & fitness club operated by Student Central. Facilities include a 53-station fitness suite, a 33-metre swimming pool, up to 50 classes per week, remedial treatments, a sports hall and a multi-purpose studio.
The British Museum
The British Museum houses a vast collection of world art and artefacts and is free to all visitors. Its entrance is only two minutes’ walk from The Registry, making it a wonderful place to indulge in culture and history, browse the bookshop or enjoy a coffee in between classes.
Tottenham Court Road
You’ll find an array of cafés and supermarkets in between the tech shops on Tottenham Court Road. It’s a great place to grab a coffee or something for lunch – whether you’re looking for a quick sandwich or a gourmet meal.
On Oxford Street, you’ll be able to find most things you might need on London’s famous shopping street. There are plenty of student discounts available, and it’s only five minutes’ walk from The Registry.