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Harlow Fact Sheet

Money Matters

  • England is expensive - most items cost the same in ₤ as $.
  • Do not use direct payment (Interac) while in Europe. Cash or credit cards are best.
  • Travelers cheques can be difficult to cash.
  • There is a Barclays Bank near the campus. Check with your local bank about withdrawal fees (some are free some up to $5 per transaction).
  • Set up online banking before you leave (this is the easiest way to pay bills and transfer funds).
  • If at all possible have a credit card for booking airline tickets, hostels, etc.
  • Be careful traveling with large sums of cash. Europe is not like Canada!
  • There is a post office at the High where you can exchange ₤ for other European currency at no charge (this is a good idea!).
  • Inform your bank and credit card company that you’ll be traveling.
  • Remember to plan ahead and budget!!

Getting Around

  • Harlow is the Gateway to Europe! Stansted Airport is only a short bus or taxi ride away
  • All the budget airlines fly from Stansted. Check out:
  • Book flight a few weeks in advance for the best rates.
  • To get to London take the train from Harlow Mill Station (be sure to pick up your student saver card for discounts) then travel via the tube throughout London.
  • Within Harlow buses run from the stop near campus to Harlow Town every 10 minutes.
  • If you are taking a taxi, it must be booked in advance!
  • Bus and train schedules are available at the campus or online. Visit:


Tesco is the larger supermarket chain (this is the cheapest place to shop). the Co-op is smaller and a little more expensive – but closer to campus. There are several takeouts and pubs nearby.

Campus Amenities

  • Each room in the Maltings has its own bathroom/shower
  • Cabot House has shared bathroom facilities
  • Both residences have fully equipped kitchens including: fridge, stove, microwave, pots/pans, dishes, and all necessary utensils.
  • Each resident has his/her own phone which must be pre-paid at reception
  • There is a Common Room in both the residences each with a TV and VCR/DVD
  • The Maltings houses a Computer Lab with eight computers and the campus library
  • The campus is fully Wireless

What To Bring

Remember that there are weight restrictions on your luggage and excess baggage is quite expensive when traveling in Europe.

  • Umbrella & Rain Jacket
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • 3 hole Punch
  • Dress shoes (for nightclubs)
  • Travel Alarm Clock
  • Money Belt
  • Cold Medications & Prescriptions
  • Travel Guide (Lonely Planet, etc)
  • Copies of your Passport
  • Photos from home
  • Textbooks
  • MP3 Player
  • Voltage Converter
  • Basic Toiletries
  • Tissues & Hand Sanitizer

Things to do in harlow

There is plenty to do without leaving Harlow…

  • Rent movies at the town library
  • Run or walk the local trails and parks
  • Attend local theatre productions
  • There is plenty of shopping in New Harlow
  • Visit the outdoor market at the High
  • Visit the local pubs – the Marquis and the Crown in particular!

In London

Visit the many attractions London has to offer:

  • British Museum, Change of the guard at Buckingham Palace, Tate Modern, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Piccadilly Circus, Harrods, Globe Theatre and so much more.
  • Many of these attractions are free! Check online at: www.
  • With your ISIC card, see musicals and live theatre at great discounts (go to the theatre 30 mins before curtain)

  • Visit for a full listing of concerts in and around London.

  • Visit Camden Market, Covent Garden, Hamley’s Toy Store, The Vault (Hard Rock Café), Wimbledon.

Things to Remember

Old Harlow: This is the area of Harlow where the campus is located

Harlow Town: This is the more modern area of Harlow, it is about 10-15 minutes by bus from campus