During Notre Dame’s initial presence in London, students were housed in rented accommodation in Bayswater and Islington, both around 3-3.5 miles north of Trafalgar Square. It was not until 2011 that a building in the central location of Waterloo Road was acquired for use as a residence for Notre Dame students in London.
51-55 Waterloo Road
The original building at 51-55 Waterloo Road was constructed in 1823 as the Royal Waterloo Hospital, a dispensary for children in the City of London. In 1852 it became the Royal Infirmary for Children and Women, an inpatient care facility. At the turn of the century, the hospital was rebuilt in a renaissance style. As a listed building, many of the features still stand today: a locally sourced Doulton-ware porch, a turret bearing the Royal Arms, and the hospital’s name above the 3-tiered terracotta loggia.
After joining the National Health Service (NHS), the hospital eventually closed in 1976. In 1981 it became the central London campus of Schiller International University, a private American university based in Florida.
The University of Notre Dame acquired and restored the building in 2011-12. A blessing and dedication ceremony took place in early 2012, naming the residence Conway Hall after Robert Conway, a Notre Dame alumnus, member of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees, and former chair of the Board's academic affairs committee.
The student flats are located in two separate wings of the building – Waterloo and Stamford Street. The Stamford Street wing also houses flats that are rented out to Anglo Educational Services. Flats accommodate between 2 and 12 individuals and contain fully furnished kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms. Kitchens are equipped with essential cooking and serving equipment so that students can choose to make their own meals. Each resident is also provided with a set of linen and towels.
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Laundry facilities are available in Conway Hall. The laundry room has 5 washing machines (£2 per wash) and 5 tumble dryers (£1 per dry). Irons and ironing boards are available free of charge. Students must purchase their own detergents and softeners, and these should be stored in the flats.
There is a Common Study Room on each of the 6 floors of the Waterloo wing in Conway Hall, with multiple workstations and power outlets.
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Wireless Internet is available throughout the building. Wireless printers are available throughout the building, free of charge to Notre Dame affiliates. Conway Hall has its own chapel that can be used for private prayer, as well as services.
For more information about Conway Hall, please contact Brian Klue (firstname.lastname@example.org
), Conway Hall Building Manager.
Notre Dame affiliates only:
for more information about the London Internet Access Policy and setting up you laptop, tablet, or mobile devices in Conway Hall, please go to the London I.T. Support