Student life as an actor-in-training should be exciting, challenging and a lot of fun. We encourage our students to commit themselves fully to their training and to concentrate on their development as an actor. However, it is also important for them to take advantage of the huge range of opportunities that London has to offer.
How you spend your time outside of class is often as important to your development as how you spend it inside class.
Living in London
Living in London can range from incredibly expensive, to surprisingly affordable; it’s just a matter of looking in the right places for the right property as Fourth Monkey does not have its own student accommodation.
We recommend that you look for accommodation in areas that are geographically near and understand the various means of transport and routes for your journey to and from The Monkey House:
All the following areas are in close proximity to The Monkey House for convenient transport connections:
- Crouch End and Crouch Hill (N8)
- Islington (N1)
- Muswell Hill (N10)
- Bounds Green (N11 – subject to exact location this may require public transport, but a popular affordable area for students)
- Southgate (N14)
- Palmers Green (N13)
- Totteridge & Whetstone (N2) • Seven Sisters (N15)
- Oakwood (N14)
- Barnet (EN4)
- Walthamstow/Blackhorse Road (E17) • Turnpike Lane (N8)
- Stratford (E7/E5/E20)
- Cockfosters (EN4)
- Holloway and Archway (N7 & N19) • Drayton Park (N5)
- Finsbury Park (N4)
As part of our Meet & Greet day, we put students in touch with each other; to meet and arrange shared houses to help you all save on time in searching and cost in sharing accommodation. (Please note: Some areas can be expensive but may become more affordable in a bigger house share).
We believe this to be the best approach as this tends to also be an additional means of support throughout your time with us, as you will be sharing with like-minded people who understand the demands of the training.
Alternatively, students can search a range of general student accommodation providers who offer accommodation for Fourth Monkey students (as well as students from other HE institutions) within easy reach of the Monkey House:
The London market sees July and August as a suitable lead time for property searches for September starts and as a university city there are plenty of residential housing options for students in the local area.
Travel in London
The address of The Monkey House, our home and training base, in Islington, North London is;
97-101 SEVEN SISTERS ROAD, LONDON, N7 0AP
We’re easily accessible via a number of transport routes – an 8 minute walk from Finsbury Park Station and 14 minute walk from Holloway Road station, as well as numerous bus routes on the Seven Sisters and Hornsey Roads.
Fourth Monkey students can apply for a Student 18+ Oyster card, which provides discounted travel on tubes, trains and buses.
Students are also eligible for a 16-25 railcard for discounted rail travel beyond London.
The Monkey House
Culture in London
London is a vibrant multicultural metropolis, the UK’s capital and one of the most exciting cities in the world. Whatever your interests, it has something for everyone – from history and culture, including a fantastic range of free galleries and museums, to food from all around the world to suit all budgets and great night life.
London is a blend of historic and modern, home to over 200 theatres, and is a vibrant hub of art, music, media, architecture, business and sport. Students are encouraged to seek out a range of culture, events and activities, to discover new opportunities and indulge in the things they love. A good place to start is here, with London-wide options to suit a wide variety of budgets and tastes.
Islington is a vibrant, bustling and community-rich area of London, bursting with culture, food and entertainment for our students to explore. A prominent part of the capital, here’s are just a few things to discover right on the doorstep:
Jacksons Lane is the flagship arts and cultural venue in Haringey, creating a year-round programme that encompasses the best in contemporary performance, arts participation, cultural education and outreach work for both its community and the sector as a whole.
The Almeida exists to launch the next generation of British artists onto the world stage. A small room with an international reputation, the Almeida began life as a literary and scientific society – complete with library, lecture theatre and laboratory.
With a mixture of new writing and modern revivals, the Park Theatre deliver world class theatre, collaborating with the finest existing and emerging talent on stage and behind the scenes. Telling accessible, real-to-life stories, whose content resonates and reflects the world around us and the neighbourhoods close by.
At the heart of the neighbourhood is its namesake park; a sprawl of gardens, tree-lined avenues, a boating lake, football pitches, basketball courts and more. In the summer months, the park is home to several music festivals and events, including the Wireless Festival.
Across the road from The Monkey House is an array of pop up restaurants ranging from Mexican to Japanese with an added houseplant store & vintage shop in the basement.
Max’s Sandwich Shop
You can’t leave Finsbury Park without paying a visit to Max’s Sandwich Shop, run by eccentric chef and gargantuan sandwich connoisseur Max Halley.
The Faltering Fullback
On a residential street just off of Stroud Green Road is the Faltering Fullback, a much-loved Irish pub known for its jungle-like, multi-storey beer garden.
Students can also search a local directory to find discover culture, events and activities in their new community.