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Reviews of the London School Dorms in Bishkek

Published: June 17, 2019

The following is a compilation of student reviews about the London School dorms. This page is meant to help students prepare for their time abroad.

Living Conditions

Dorm kitchen

Kat Watt (Spring, 2019): I’m going to be real, London School dorms are hardly a five star hotel, but they have made some improvements recently. The dorms are located upstairs from the main London School complex and are divided into four soviet-style apartments. Each apartment has 2-3 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a kitchen. The bedrooms are medium to large and contain a bed, a desk, and storage space. The London School has recently repainted the apartments, modernized the lighting system, and installed curtains. As a result, they are bright and pleasant, despite being fairly basic.

The bathroom and kitchen situation has been known to cause culture shock to students and teachers living in the dorms. Most bathrooms have a bath, toilet, and sink (in one apartment there is a shower instead of a bath). They are functional, though a little disheveled in appearance – do not be surprised by random wires and pipes sticking out all over the place. Another thing to note is that toilet paper cannot be flushed down the toilet, but a bin is provided (this is actually fairly common globally). Every kitchen has a sink, washing machine, fridge, collection of dishes and cutlery, and hot plates for cooking. Some apartments have microwaves and hot-box style electric ovens – it is generally expected that students share appliances among themselves. Not every bathroom and kitchen has a window so ventilation can be an issue at times. If there is anything you need that you consider essential, it’s worth asking management – they will often buy new appliances upon request.

 

Location

Kat Watt (Spring, 2019): The London School dorms have a fantastic location on a central road that leads straight into the city center. It is also great to be able to roll straight out of bed in the morning and walk downstairs to classes. There is a range of shops, restaurants, parks, and sports clubs within walking distance from the London School. There is also a bus stop nearby, though most students tend to share taxis as they are very cheap, especially when the price is split with a group. A disadvantage of the centralized location is that there is a lot of noise, air, and light pollution.

 

Social Life

Kat Watt (Spring, 2019):  Generally speaking, the dorms are a very sociable place. Unfortunately there is no common room but nevertheless students tend to cook together, share appliances, and socialize in the kitchen areas. There is also a courtyard outside, which is a pleasant place to relax and eat, especially when the weather is nice.

All in all, though the dorms are nothing fancy, they are perfectly liveable and can easily be spruced up with some household plants and decorations. Beyond a doubt, the highest selling points are the location and sociable atmosphere.

About the author

Kathryn Watt

Kathryn Watt is a Russian and Linguistics student of The University of Edinburgh. She is currently studying Russian language and Central Asian Studies with SRAS at the London School in Bishkek. Having grown up in beautiful Uzbekistan, she was delighted to return to Central Asia! In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in journalism, so getting exposure to language and culture has been an invaluable experience. When she’s not on the move, she’s sipping a cup of tea in bonny Scotland, running along the seashore, and developing her yoga practice."

Program attended: Challenge Grants: Funding for Study Abroad

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