Getting around London will take a while to get used to. Courtauld is very well located and easy to get to by any means of transport.
Your first port of call should be the TFL website, this will provide most of the information you will need but we've put some of the key information below.
When navigating London you will find street maps everywhere. However, if you want to a wider view of the city, download the Citymapper app. It will tell you how to get everywhere plus costs as well as showing you tube routes and bus maps!
Next you should get yourself a Student Oyster Card. They are £10 as opposed to the usual £5 but they will save you a huge amount of money in the end! You should apply as soon as possible as you will have to allow up to 7 days for Student and Academic Services to approve your application.
Your Student Oyster Card will get you a third off your weekly, monthly or annual Travelcard or Tram and Bus Pass which are described below:
Travelcard – this will give you unlimited travel on any form of transport in London barring the riverboat or cable car. If you are living on a tube line then it is worth getting one of these as you will be using the tube at least twice a day. Remember that they are zoned and it will be more expensive to get ones for zones which are further out. Most of the time though you won’t go beyond zone 2 and the Courtauld is right at the heart of Zone 1. Check here for the current student oyster card prices.
– this gives you unlimited travel on all buses and trams. Unlike the Travelcard, buses are not zoned and you can practically get anywhere when using them. They are particularly useful if you are living somewhere with poor tube links. A weekly is currently priced at £14.60 and a monthly is £56.10, so Tram and Bus Passits much cheaper than the tube!
If you like walking then a Travelcard may not be for you but if you find yourself spending lots of money on transport it’s definitely worth considering buying one. Also it’s useful to remember that although buses are much cheaper they are can also get really delayed. Use the TFL Countdown website to keep track of when your bus will arrive.
The Courtauld is close to several tube stations. The closest are Temple, Holborn, Waterloo, Charing Cross, Embankment and Covent Garden
Cycling is also a good way of getting around. There are a few places in which you can store your bike around Somerset House but they do tend to fill up quite quickly. Alternatively you can use the Santander Cycles (previously the Barclays Bikes) which have docking stations all around the area.
If you have your own bike make sure you invest in a good bike lock and helmet and read up on the rules about cycling in London.
There is a long list of reputable black cab services on the TFL website though the more popular option now is to use the taxi firm Uber which tends to be much cheaper than normal black cabs and you pay via their app rather than with cash. Be warned though, in peak times they push up their prices so try and use them during less busy periods in the day.