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Postgraduate life

We want our students to have a fulfilling and productive time at The Institute of Cancer Research, both academically and in other aspects.

The view of London from Chester Beatty Laboratories, Chelsea (Andy Roast for the ICR, 2014)

Our sites offer state of the art academic facilities, as well as recreational areas that provide opportunities to meet fellow students and staff. The information below should help you prepare to study at the ICR but if you have any questions, please do contact [email protected].

If you are applying for a studentship from overseas, our information for international students should help you to start thinking about setting up home in London.  

Have a look at some of our student profiles to find out what it’s like to study here, or read some alumni profiles to discover what opportunities are open to graduates from the ICR.

The ICR has an active and welcoming student body with strong representation from students across the ICR, with particular in the assurance and enhancement of their educational experience.  For more information see our student committee pages.


London is a fantastic city to live in.  Students at the ICR have a range of accommodation options. Although the ICR does not have any student accommodation of its own, there are some great services available to its students looking for a place to live.

An accommodation booklet (PDF) has been produced to help students with their search.  There is also a supplementary guide (PDF), collated by ICR students to assist you in deciding where to live. 

As members of the University of London, full time students at The Institute of Cancer Research may apply to join a waiting list for a place in intercollegiate halls.

Other accommodation services available include the University of London Housing Services, which provides advice to students seeking private accommodation; and Goodenough College, a private postgraduate hall of residence in Russell Square, London. There are also plenty of online services offering private rented accommodation and house shares. Zoopla  and Gumtree both list properties available near the Chelsea or Sutton sites. 


The Transport for London website shows all London bus, tube and train timetables as well as regular traffic updates. Travelling by bus, tube or train can be paid for with an Oyster card, and students can get a further discount by registering their card.  

Black cabs are in the traditional cab design (and often appear in advertisers’ colours rather than the traditional black). They can be hailed on the street and the orange light on the roof indicates they are available. They are licensed and considered by many to be safer to use than a minicab.

Minicabs are licensed private hire vehicles which must be booked in advance. It is strongly advised that minicabs are not hailed on the street as it is also possible that the driver and vehicle is unlicensed and may be a danger to you.

You can find phone numbers for local taxis and minicabs on the Yellow Pages website. The reception desks at Chester Beatty Laboratories in Chelsea and the Brookes Lawley Building in Sutton also have numbers of local firms.

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